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La Cala de Mijas, SpainLa Cala de Mijas means Mijas Bay and used to be a small fishing village. La Cala de Mijas is normally just called La Cala and is located a few kilometres from Fuengirola in the direction of Marbella. Today La Cala is more of a seaside resort, but has a growing population in modern residential areas mainly on the other side of the coast road A7. In the center of La Cala there are plenty of shops and restaurants, and it is a natural shopping area for all who live between El Faro and Calahonda.
There is a very nice beach in La Cala and on the stretch between La Cala and Marbella you will find several of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa del Sol.
Mijas Pueblo is very beautiful with views of the Costa del Sol and is suitable as a day trip. You can get there by car or bus from Fuengirola. Mijas Pueblo is full of souvenir shops where you can buy traditional ceramics and leather goods, visit the very special bull ring, you can take a donkey-taxi or you can climb up to the top of the mountain or enjoy a lovely dinner overlooking the Costa del sol.
The Zoo in Fuengirola is very small, but the space is well utilized. The zoo is decorated with the animal's natural habitat, and you get very close to the animals. In 2004 the Fuengirola zoo was awarded as Europe's best.
Gibraltar is located west of La Cala and is one of the places to see and experience while you are here.
There are also many nice places to visit just a few hours' journey from La Cala, such as Seville, Granada and of course Tarifa.
Activities in La CalaApart from sunbathing, swimming and various water sports, La Cala is known as a golfers paradise. The Costa del Sol has long promoted itself as the Costa del Golf. There are 15 golf courses to choose between in Mijas Costa. The largest is La Cala Resort with three 18 hole courses.
The only horse race track on the Costa del Sol, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is located just above La Cala de Mijas. It hosts a range of activities such as horse racing late at night during the summer, sometimes concerts and sometimes horse shows.
Easter celebration is quite different in Spain than in UK. The streets are filled with processions where enormous figures of Jesus and Mary are carried through the streets and the city is filled with people. Among the highlights during Christmas are Twelfth Day of Christmas with its "Cabalgata" which is a large procession, including the three holy kings.
Please contact the tourist office in Mijas for details and dates.
Car hire in La CalaWhen you need to hire a car in La Cala there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive La Cala by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga. Read more...
Traveling and transportation in La CalaMijas is about 25 minutes drive from Malaga airport and about 8 minutes from the local train in Fuengirola. From Malaga airport, you can travel to most major cities in Europe without having to change planes.
The nearest train station is in Fuengirola. With the local train from Fuengirola you can visit several places between Fuengirola and Malaga, such as Benalmadena and Torremolinos. See train tables on www.renfe.com
There are several Intercity buses to Fuengirola and Marbella every hour. For timetables see Portillo's website here ...http://basicspanishclasses.com you will find Spanish courses in La Cala and many other cities in Spain.
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