La Cala de Mijas celebrates its very own festivals, with a massive annual fair during July. The village is beautifully decorated for a week of festivities, wines, tapas, music and dancing.
Within the main village is a large boulevard that runs the length of the village, home to many shops, banks, bars and restaurants. La Cala is full of little boutiques, and the street market can be found on the North side of the village every Wednesday and Saturday.
Within 2 mins walk from the village center is the beach, one of the most popular beaches in Mijas. The beaches in this area are spectacular. So much so that La Cala’s 2,000 meters of gold sand and warm water won the Blue Flag Award in 2002. Stalls offering jet skis or banana boat rides, as well as other water activities, can be found all along the beach.
There are several beach bars (chiringuitos) along the beach serving great fresh fish, a great way to relax in the cool shade. The beach is perfect for families of all ages and is easily found, head for the 16th Century watchtower (Torreón). Lifeguards patrol the beach and watersports are available towards the eastern end of the beach.
After a long day on the beach, nights out in this area usually consist of long dinners at one of La Cala’s or Riviera’s restaurants. There is a wide range of dining in this area including Chinese, Thai, Italian and of course typical Spanish cuisine. Many tourists and residents then proceed to a local bar or pub to have an after dinner drink or two. For a more lively nightlife experience, head for Benalmádena Port, Torremolinos or to glitzy Puerto Banús.
There is a new boark which extends from La Cala through to Cabopino and is a lovely way to get some light excercise and enjoy the best of the coasts views and natural beauty.