LA CALA DE MIJAS
Originally called la Cala de Moral (due to the mulberry trees growing in the area), La Cala de Mijas is more commonly known amongst locals as La Cala. The pretty coastal town sits midway between Fuengirola to the East and Marbella to the West plus is just a 35 minute drive from Malaga Airport.
It is one of the most sought after towns on Mijas Costa covering a radius of 12 km. Its’ popularity is very apparent by the rise of building works in the zone and the huge surge in demand for residential homes, which are showing one of the highest increases in real estate value in Andalusia. The area is one of the Costa del Sol true “Hot Spots”
The picturesque old town is situated on a flat area on the coastal side of the A7 motorway with the majority of the expansion and building works situated on the opposite side going inland. This allowing the town the retain its original charm and remain uninterrupted, with predominantly low rise buildings.
Before the population boom and the influx of tourists in the 60’s La Cala was a small Andalusian white washed fishing village. Although today it has become a vibrant cosmopolitan town it still has a warm welcoming feeling with many elements of the fishing village it once was.
A focal point within La Cala is the Torre Batería de La Cala del Moral, a 16th century restored moorish watchtower on the beach. This is one of 4 fortified watchtowers within the close vicinity. The resort is very family friendly and provides various parks and recreational areas for children and adults. Due to the ever increasing population, there has also been an increase in number of municipal services- A health centre, sports centre numerous schools and a library are among these, making this an ideal place for residents and tourists alike.
La Cala de Mijas offers a lovely easy paced way of life and homes a large assortment of nationalities, tourists and residents. Although it is smaller than its neighbouring Fuengirola and Marbella, it still has plenty of amenities. The main boulevard running through the centre of the town is adorned with many International and Spanish Restaurants and bars, a supermarket and various banks, as well as the town hall plus a tourist information office.
The small character streets offer many more intricate eating and drinking facilities and lead down to the sweeping coast line. Fishing boats can be found parked on the beach and provide a pretty Andalusian setting. The beautiful sandy beach has been awarded a blue flag for cleanliness and runs for more than 2 km with various chiringuitos along the way, offering an assortment of seafood and fish.
2015 welcomed the addition of a coastal boardwalk running 6km west towards Marbella and has proved to be very popular with the most stunning views across the Mediterranean.
Within a 10 minute drive from La Cala there are no less than 12 golf Courses, which are in high demand. One of the closest is the impressive La Cala Golf resort, offering three superb championship courses. Set seamlessly into a natural undulating backdrop of stunningly beautiful mountains the resort also offers a luxurious spa, hotel retreat and a multitude of sports training and re-rehabilitation facilities, thus attracting year around visitors.
There is no train service in La Cala however, public transport is very good with regular bus services running in either direction. There is a train service running from Fuengirola to Malaga every 20 minutes.
Due to its popularity, property prices are medium too high but are proving to be a great investment.
The atmospheric location has loads of appeal and it is hard not to fall in love with this centralised resort.