On entering the pueblo you might notice this charming hermitage, sitting up on the solid rock. The chapel was carved into the solid rock of the hillside in 1520 by Mercedarian monks. Inside an image of the Virgen de la Peña, the patron saint of Mijas, can be seen. Legends tell us that the Virgen appeared to two young shepherds in the past on the spot where the chapel now stands, which was the reasoning behind building it there. See the interior in the photo gallery above.