La Cala de Mijas is a little gem on the eastern Costa del Sol. It is close to the much larger urbanisation of Calahonda, but should never be confused with it; they may be neighbours but they’re nothing like each other. La Cala was once a traditional fishing village and part of its attraction today is that it still has a village feel to it and compared with Mijas Pueblo, another extremely popular residential area, and a proper ‘pueblo blanco’, La Cala de Mijas has the advantage of having beaches, and a developing restaurant scene that suggests this town is on the up. Add to this, the fact that it is only a 20-minute drive to Málaga airport, and you can see why this once slightly neglected area is suddenly becoming quite ‘des res’!
The Torre de La Cala fort is a focal point and there’s an exhibition centre where you can see photographs of the original La Cala fishing village. Plus, you can climb to the top of the tower and admire the views. Whilst much of La Cala de Mijas involves beach life, nearby Fuengirola has a Bioparc zoo, which both children and adults love, plus the Sohail castle.
La Cala de Mijas Beach
The 2,000 metre-long beach is around 35 metres wide, so there is plenty of room on this beautiful sandy, south-facing beach. The beaches are used in summer and winter and visitors will find plenty of good bars, chiringuitos and restaurants along the stretch. It’s easy to park near this beach, and there is good disabled access, plus in summer there is a lifeguard service. Water sport fans can hire equipment during the summer month and the beach is generally very well resourced in terms of amenities like beach beds, showers, toilets and public phones. A little further on the smaller Cala del Moral beach is recommended for snorkelling at it’s rocky cliff end. These are some of the most beautifully positioned beaches on the coast.
La Cala Golf
Golf aficionados will be spoilt for choice in La Cala de Mijas making it an ideal location for any golfers who like to spend just a few months of the year on the Costa del Sol where they can enjoy the sun and the gorgeous courses. In the local area you have a choice of five good courses: La Noria, La Cala Golf Resort, Santana Golf, El Chaparral Golf and Mijas Golf. If you travel towards Marbella, you can also enjoy the nine-hole Greenlife course or the 18-hole Santa Clara and Santa Maria courses at Elviria.
La Cala de Mijas Restaurants and bars
La Cala de Mijas has started to attract a number of new restaurant openings and two of them have celebrity owners. Olivia’s La Cala is a trendy beachside restaurant with a cocktail and champagne bar owned by Elliott Wright of famous TV show “The Only Way is Essex.” This smart culinary destination, which has a ‘smart dress code’ by the way, has been joined by The Little Geranium, which is owned by TV chef Steven Saunders, a regular on “Ready, Steady Cook!” Now he’s starring in his La Cala kitchen where you can enjoy his take on Spanish and Mediterranean food. Another highly recommended restaurant is Avanto, where you can enjoy sea views from its beautiful beach terrace. Avanto is an event only restaurant giving you the chance to have a private location for your wedding, or celebrations with Anna and the team.
Shopping in La Cala de Mijas
La Cala has plenty of small shops, such as a pharmacy, bakeries and fruit and vegetable shops, plus a vet, banks, hairdressers and Internet cafes. There are two large supermarkets in the area and a street market on Wednesday and Saturday. For a shopping mall experience and to visit the cinema, you only have to drive to the Miramar Centre, near Fuengirola, where you also find a Dunnes Stores and Iceland near the Miramar.