La Cala de Mijas has become a popular destination for the expat community. The town is quite small itself however you are never too far from a golf course, so if you are the golfing type and enjoy a peaceful, tranquil life this may be the place for you. There is currently a lot of new development taking place in this area, from town houses to luxury accommodation so it is certainly worth taking a look to see what is available.
Situated between Fuengirola and Marbella, heading west of Malaga, La Cala de Mijas is only a 20-30 minute drive from Malaga International Airport. There are no train services however there is a regular bus route that takes you straight into Fuengirola to access the train if you need to go towards Malaga and also a bus service that takes you into towns such as Elviria and Marbella.
It is also only 20 minutes’ drive away from the infamous Marbella and a simple 5 minutes’ drive away from the hustle and bustle of Fuengirola. Meanwhile, you have the liveliness and serenity all in one in La Cala de Mijas.
Known previously as "La Cala del Moral" (English: the Bay of Mulberries) due to the mulberry trees growing in the area, the name was changed in the 1970s to La Cala de Mijas in order to avoid confusion with the similarly named Cala del Moral just outside Málaga.
In its ancient history La Cala de Mijas has been a place of defence, fortified with four towers along the coast Mediterranean coast of Andalusia, whose function was to give notice in the presence of enemy ships to the garrisons of Fuengirola, Benalmádena and Marbella.
Whilst there are no specific museums or sites in La Cala de Mijas other than the house of culture which regularly hosts art exhibitions, you are so central to everything that site seeing is not too far away for you to enjoy the Spanish culture and traditional cuisine. Don´t forget you can always book excursions too which is always a fun way to get around and see the beauties and wanders of coast and other areas inland such as Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba and Ronda!
La Cala de Mijas used to be renowned as one of Costa del Sols charming fishing villages with its traditionally styled cottages and tapas bars with Spain´s famous chiringitos. As much as it still holds its uniqueness and traditional look, it has also now transformed into a lively little town which is very popular amongst the Expat community with luxurious modern living and stunning golden sandy beaches with a fantastic promenade with your bars, cafes, restaurants and typical beach equipment shops to get your lilos from which is ideal for families.
It offers 2 main supermarkets, Mercadona and SuperSol and has it´s own weekly market too at the La Cala de Mijas fairground, if you´re one to hunt for a good bargain!
For all you golf lovers out there, never fear, La Cala Golf Resort is near! You have a few to choose from, the Santana Golf and country Club and the famous 18 hole Mijas Golf course as well as Calanova Golf and Alhaurin Golf to name a few. The surrounds are superb with exclusive luxury villas to see and a 5 * Bublos Hotel which offers a range of amenities including a swimming pool, spa and tennis court.
Not far from the centre of La Cala de Mijas is a commercial centre situated on the northern side of the coastal road. It has bars, restaurants, various shops and boutiques for the shop lovers and a bookies for the racehorse lovers! Of course you have a great little town which is right by the sea and offers a wider range of shops and banks and pharmacies too.
If you need the Townhall, Ayuntamiento de Mijas ,then this is situated at Plaza Virgen de la Peña along with the Tourism Office, Oficina de Turismo.
There are a few schools around the area for infants and high school too, state and public. The main ones for Expats are El Chaparrell or Jardin Botanic and you also have Escuela Infantil La Cala Limonar too. There are plenty around, even in Fuengirola situated 5 minutes away so there are plenty of options to choose from.
The nearest Police station is situated only a short 5 minute drive away in Las Lagunas and is called Policía Local Mijas Las Lagunas. You also have the Local Police station too situated in Fuengirola called Policía Local Fuengirola. If you need to sort out your residency and your needed NIE numbers then you´ll need to make an appointment at the National Police Station in Fuengirola called Comisaría de Policía de Fuengirola and this is situated on Av. Condes de San Isidro, 98. You have an English translator there too who will be able to help answer any queries you have and how to apply.
You do have 2 Medical Centres in La Cala de Mijas too, CENTRO DE SALUD: LA CALA DE MIJAS, address is Avenida Sierra de las Nieves, 4, and the other situated on Calle Fuengirola, Local 13 , La Cala de Mijas called Clínica Medicare. There is also an Animal Hospital too called Animal Bluecare Hospital and is on Autovía A7 Km 204 (salida Playa Marina).
There are a few places in the centre of town to go to if you want a social scene! One popular place is the Irish pub with all sorts of fun and shenanigans for you to enjoy, not to mention restaurants and scenic beach bars too.
If you´re looking for something a little bit more upbeat then Fuengirola town situated 5 minutes away can provide that for you with clubs and bars a plenty!
La Cala de Mijas offers the only horse-racing course on the Costa del Sol and is called the Hipódromo Costa del Sol.
You can't beat the thunder of horse’s hooves on turf to charge your excitement, apart from having backed the winning horse, that is. The prize money is the highest in Spain and the season lasts throughout the winter months when most other tracks are closed.
So if you fancy an evening at the horses with bets and beer then this is most definitely the place for you!
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