There is an amazing selection of restaurants of all types and in all price ranges in La Cala de Mijas. In the center of La Cala and down the beach there are several restaurants with food from around the world.
If you want to stay near the beach then VIK Gran Hotel Costa del Sol is a good option. And if you are looking for proximity to golf courses then La Cala Golf Resort with 3 18-hole courses is a good choice. No matter which area you choose, there are hotels in La Cala in all price ranges.
An alternative to living in a Hotel is to rent an apartment or a house while you are in La Cala. Many prefer doing this because
it gives a better comfort by having your own kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
Many expats own apartments or houses in La Cala that they rent out on a weekly basis. There are many places to look for holiday
rentals. One of them are fotocasa.es
For a tourist there is much to see and do nearby La Cala. The white mountain village of 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.
Ronda can be reached by bus or car from La Cala. Ronda is divided in two by a deep ravine, and it is said that during the dictatorship of Franco's opponents were thrown down in this gorge.
Malaga is the capital of the province of Málaga, and is full of old buildings and monuments for those interested in Spanish history and culture. The old Arab palace Alcazaba is situated on a hill above Malaga. The atmosphere in these ruins will immedietaley take you back to the Middle Ages.
Marbella and Puerto Banus is the center of glamour and luxury on the Costa del Sol. In Marbella you'll find tourists and celebrities sitting next to each other.
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 Cala
Apart 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.
Of course there are several festivals in La Cala de Mijas throughout the year. In early July there is the beer festival on the Fair Ground. In the middle of July the fishermen and sailors patron saint Virgen del Carmen is celebrated. In the end of July there is a romeria followed by the feria in La Cala. By the old watchtower on the beachfront there is live music with a great atmosphere throughout August.
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 Cala
When 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 Cala
Mijas 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 ...
In the center of La Cala there is a large free car park surrounded by lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. There are also shops in the streets down to the sea. Here you get hold of almost everything. The local street market is held every Wednesday and Saturday at the Fair Ground in La Cala. There you can buy everything between heaven and earth such as jewelry, clothing, shoes, belts, gifts, fruits, vegetables, olives, nuts and more.
Whether you want to learn Spanish from scratch or you want to improve your Spanish, La Cala is a superb choice. The advantage of taking a Spanish course in La Cala is that you can practice your Spanish skills at your leisure.
On http://basicspanishclasses.com you will find Spanish courses in La Cala and many other cities in Spain.