La Cala de Mijas is located in the centre of the municipity de Mijas Costa, just a few kilometres west of Fuengirola and 15 km. East of Marbella.
In the 1960´s La Cala de Mijas, which at that moment was still called ´La Cala de Moral´, named after the many Mulberry trees that grow in the local area, was a typical Andalusian fisherman´s village. If you look out over the Mediterranean in the early morning, you can still see the small fishing boats out at sea to supply the various ´chirinquitos´ and local restaurants with their catch of the day!
In the early 90´s, the name was changed to La Cala de Mijas to avoid confusion with another small village located east of Malaga, which to date is also called La Cala de Moral. At this stage the status of the village changed more and more into a tourist destination mainly visited by the British.
Currently the village has a population of approximately 10.000 citizens and is rapidly growing with the current construction of various modern and high end properties. La Cala is very popular among both local and international residents due to the great infrastucture, with lots of local amenities like public schools from kindergarden to secondary education, a cultural centre, public library, post office, health centre and lot´s of bars and restaurants!
Further there are numerous golf courses within only a few minutes drive like the 72-hole La Cala golf resort, Calanova golf, El Chapparal golf, the 36-hole at Mijas golf, my personal favorite Santana golf and the 9-hole course La Noria which is located only 200 meters from the village!
La Cala de Mijas also has it´s own football club and adjecent indoor sport centre including a large gym. Horseback riding can be done in the Mijas mountains where various paths are created. The easiest choice would be going up to the Hipodromo, the local race course, but there are also various smaller stables where the owners organise classes and tours.
Lots of visitors of the area also visit the local street market just outside the village on wednesday and saturday mornings. Here you can find fresh fruit and vegatables, souvenirs and lots of other items. The market is from 9.00h to 14.00H.
In summer the local town hall organises various shows with live entertainment on the boulevard at the beachfront with different kinds of music and ´Flamenco show´. Well worth a visit to still see some of the original Spanish culture.
Las but not least we would like to mention the ´Senda literal´. This is the new beach promenade that has been inaugurated in 2015 and connects La Cala de Mijas with Riviera del Sol and Calahonda. A lovely walk can be made along the Mediterranean and while enjoying the beautiful views there are various typical beach restaurants and modern beach clubs where you can stop for a refreshing drink, a lovely meal or both!