La Cala de Mijas
La Cala de Mijas is one of the more popular destinations in Mijas, known as a friendly tourist town that has still managed to retain its traditional Andalucian beach town way of life. What was once a village is now home to over 10,000 residents, many of them foreigners having fallen in love with its atmosphere.
La Cala is famed for its variety of restaurants, bars and cafeterías, many of which are located on the famous Boulevard de la Cala, and many others can be found down on the beachfront. The local restaurants all serve such a vast array of cuisines that there will be something for everyone's diet, including the Tikus Gastrobar, which serves several gluten free dishes. Many of the beach restaurants will serve traditional Spanish seafood dishes, as well as providing a typically Spanish atmosphere to diners.
During the summer months, the Boulevard de La Cala also becomes an even more exciting place to be for spectators, as it becomes a venue for traditional flamenco dancing and artists playing their music.
One of the other main attractions that brings tourists to La Cala is the popular street market every Wednesday and Saturday. The market, known locally as 'El Barratillo' by locals, starts at 09:00 and is usually gone by 14:30. The variety of market stalls offer everything from crafts and clothes to flowers and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Like many traditional Andalusian towns, La Cala also hosts its very own ferias and festivals for tourists and residents alike. The annual fair, which is celebrated during the last week of July, provides samples of local traditional wines and tapas and lots of music and dancing. The streets are usually decorated with their local colours and flags.
La Cala is home to its own health centre, a public library, a local post office, countless shops and a cultural centre.
Málaga International Airport: 25 minutes
Gibraltar International Airport: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Calanova Golf Club, Miraflores Golf Club and Club de Golf El Chaparral are the closest
St. Anthony’s College International School is just a 10 minute drive from La Cala’s centre