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Donkey Taxi in Mijas

19 June 2014 18 Comments

Donkey Taxi in Mijas

The first thing you hear about the little vibrant, beautiful white town Mijas (pronounced as Mikhas) is about Donkey Taxis. You can see them nicely decorated and carrying tourists through the alleys, streets and small squares of Mijas.

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A donkey moment errr.. monument! 😛

Burro (or donkey) Taxi has become an icon of Mijas. It is one of Mijas’ best-known and most effective tourist attractions. Actually, your trip to Mijas is considered incomplete without a donkey ride. 😛

You must be wondering why donkey.

It so happened that in 1960s traders or workers used to bring marbles and other articles on donkeys, rest for the night at Mijas and start the business next day again. When the tourists noticed these donkeys, they were so fascinated that they paid the workers to let them take pictures with donkeys so that they could keep them as a special memento.
Some tourists even asked these rural workers to let them take a ride in exchange for a generous tip. More often than not, the tip was higher than their wages!

This became so popular that the workers started spending more time taking visitors on their donkeys than doing what they were supposed to do.

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A donkey trailer at rest.

There are around fifty registered donkeys in Mijas. They even have special parking areas on La Peña Avenue.

The donkeys are fed Carrots, fruits, and of course hay. They are generally calm but once in a while they go out of control. 😉

Tip:- 15 Euros for a 20 minute ride.

Burro (noun) = donkey
Burro (adjective) = dumb (गधा) Do you see any similarity with Hindi here? 😀

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  • Shreya said:

    Wow! This is too good!

    How many times do I tell you that you bring such interesting stuff that I keep looking for your posts. 😀

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Thank you very much.

    I am honored. :)
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  • arvi said:

    One more of the unusual :) You never cease to surprise me

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Thank you and welcome.
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  • Mahesh Semwal said:

    First time heard about Donkey Taxi :-)

    Interesting post !
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  • Prasad Np said:

    Cool….one learns so much by traveling…. but I was hoping for a picture of donkey with a tourist…may be a blog writer… :)
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  • balaka said:

    Hi Nisha,

    This is my first time on your blog. I found your blog amazing. Would surely keep visiting


  • bikramjit singh said:

    This is quite interesting..and here in India we know what does it mean to ride a donkey 😉
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  • Niranjan said:

    This is interesting. Nice o know about it.

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Mahesh ji,
    This was first time for me also. :)
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  • Nisha (author) said:

    Ha Ha… When we reached there, we didn’t have much time to go on donkey ride. Else you would have definitely seen me on a donkey. 😀

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Welcome to my blog and Thank you.

    Do keep visiting. BTW, have you checked my FB page? You’ll find more interesting stuff there which do not make to my blog. :)

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Absolutely! I have seen, in foreign countries they have so much fun around them with smaller things and here we are confined to our “what’ll people say”, and “somebody will mind it” etc.

    Time to change our attitude towards life. :)

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Indeed. 😀

  • ajaysharda said:

    Interesting stuff… good to know about the trivia about the place which makes the place unique.

  • Nisha (author) said:

    Travel shows us the world and opens a treasure in front of us. :)

  • Kumar Rajesh said:

    Never heard of such taxi rides. world is so weird. :)

    Thanks for sharing this, I am forwarding this to my wife.

  • Le Monde – A Poetic Travail » Blog Archive » Looking back at Year 2014 said:

    […] the merrier. Be it Bandits Museum, Automobile Museum or the absolutely free Tapas, whether it is Donkey Taxi, an evening by Gold Tower or ever amusing Plaza de España … there is so much still to write […]

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