Soft Golden Sands
Acting as a natural divide between “east” Costa del Sol (or “north”, depending on your handle on geography) and “west” (or “south”), La Cala de Mijas delivers a mix of expat-haven, authentic Spain, affordability and affluence.
You need to live in La Cala de Mijas to truly experience what life is like there, but this part is easy: there are plenty of affordable and desirable properties throughout the town and its outskirts, ranging from new-build apartments to more traditional Spanish-style flats and townhouses as well as luxurious detached villas.
Once a home has been found, the town has everything you are going to need, including large supermarkets, a weekly market, sports amenities, an expansive beach, convenient road access to either end of the Costa del Sol, plenty of bars and restaurants, and all manner of shops including 24-hour pharmacies.
The large expat community living in La Cala de Mijas will make new arrivals immediately feel at home. Taking that first step to living abroad becomes much easier in a town like La Cala de Mijas: you can get your hair cut in a language you understand; have satellite TV installed; call a plumber; buy furniture; hire a delivery driver; and send your children to nearby nurseries, schools and colleges. What's more, La Cala de Mijas has retained a tangible Spanish presence so, if your desire is to immerse yourself into Spanish culture, this is the place to dip that first toe.
At the beach, the gentle shore and soft golden sands are ideal for families of all ages. Watersports can be enjoyed at the curved eastern end of the beach, and the thriving promenade is lined with restaurants, bars, cafés and ubiquitous gift shops selling brightly-coloured lilos, postcards, ice cream and all manner of beach kit.
Day-Time Pursuits and Evening Pleasures
Running parallel to the beach and promenade is La Cala de Mijas' central thoroughfare. Here, British-style cafeterias serving all-day English breakfasts live cheek-by-jowl with more traditional Spanish eateries. Chalkboard menus advertise “menú del día” and “churros” or “bangers ‘n’ mash” and “Sunday roasts”. It's all relative, sometimes quite literally, as there is a strong sense of community, among both the Spanish locals and the expats. This close-knit atmosphere lends a village atmosphere to the resort, where even the beachgoers all seem to know each other.
A few steps from the centre, La Cala de Mijas has a reasonably large commercial centre that lines the coastal road on its northern side. Farther inland, the topography of the landscape takes a turn for the stunning: just a short drive past the football ground brings you through a narrow blanket of woodland and out into undulating countryside. The horizon is halted by the distant mountain range, but the nearside views are all of rolling hills and individual farmhouses.
With Fuengirola just a short drive away, memorable nights out are conveniently close at hand, but La Cala de Mijas also has many options for those who prefer to stay within walking distance of home.