La Cala de Mijas, or La Cala for short, is a town in the Costa del Sol situated right on the Mediterranean coast between Malaga and Marbella, and very close to Fuengirola. The village and its’ outskirts have been relatively untouched by tourism compared with the larger towns, but still offer a feeling of exclusivity and a holiday atmosphere.
The population of La Cala is only 4,000, so it is nowhere near as crowded as the bigger cities. There is also quite a large community of expats so if you are thinking of having a retirement home here you won’t be entirely on your own. It is easy to make new friends who speak the same language as you do, and you can still watch UK TV programmes if you wish to do so. Having said that, La Cala hasn’t lost any of its’ Spanish heritage or its’ Andalusian flair.
However, if you do want a day out in the city doing some shopping, La Cala is only a 25-minute drive away from Malaga, and Marbella is closer still at just 15 minutes away. Fuengirola is not as big as Malaga and Marbella and is only ten minutes away.
Of course, situated where it is, La Cala has the Mediterranean climate with around 320 days of sunshine every year, so it is rather like July in England for most of the time with similar temperatures of up to 30°C in July and August, In other words, comfortably warm for most of the year.
La Cala has a lot of cafes, family-run shops, and chiringuitos or beach bars. There is a street market called El Baratillo which opens on Wednesdays and Saturdays where you can buy fruit and vegetables, souvenirs, and many other items. In 2015, a coastal boardwalk was opened and has since become popular with both tourists and residents alike. The beaches in La Cala are long and narrow and have fine sand: they have been voted some of the best beaches in Spain.
In late July and August, the village showcases local food and delicacies along with music and dance. The locals celebrate Noches de Luna y Playa – Nights of the Moon and Beach – where the promenade is filled with classical music performances and flamenco dancers.
There is also plenty to choose from when it comes to restaurants. Since there is a mix of residents from several countries as well as Britain, you can have your choice of sushi, pizza, or a classic burger and chips. There is also Indian food available such as at Sal Indian Restaurant and Masala Indian Restaurant. For fresh seafood there is the Fresh Fish Restaurant and the Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant. If you fancy a traditional British roast beef dinner there is The Deli.
Inland from La Cala are mountains, and you can get on the Benalmadena Cable Car and take a ride up to the top in order to view the countryside and coast for miles around. The area is famous for its’ golf courses such as La Cala Golf and Cala Nova Golf, and several more, so if you are a golfing fan you will love it here.
At BeckettHanlon we have a number of new-build properties for sale in La Cala which have all the latest mod cons and would make the perfect retirement home. It is certainly a village worth considering if you want to live somewhere that doesn’t get as “touristy” as Malaga and Marbella yet is still within easy reach of either when you want to go there. Alternatively, you might opt for a more traditional villa with its’ own pool and we can find the right one of those for you if that is your preference.
We have been locating overseas properties in Southern Spain for UK residents for over 20 years and we know the area as well as anyone and much better than most. La Cala is a lively, fun place to live, yet is not over-run with tourists all year round. Having said that, a lot of visitors look for long-term rentals here, so investing in a property in La Cala could provide a continuing ongoing income when you don’t want to use it as a holiday home yourself.