La Cala de Mijas is the central point of Mijas Costa and although it has grown and been built up, especially over the last decade or so, it still maintains something of its Andalucian seaside village atmosphere. From being a tiny fishing village originally, its population has increased to 10,000 – many of whom are British. There are schools, a health centre, public library, post office, shops and cultural centre, as well as many excellent bars and restaurants.
There is a very popular street market ( el barratillo) every Wednesday and Saturday from around 09:00 – 14:30. The market stalls offer everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to local crafts, clothes, ceramics and pottery, flowers and plants, and lots more.
La Cala celebrates its own festivals, such as the annual fair which begins on 25 July, when the village is all decked out for a week of festivities, and you can sample traditional wines and tapas, listen to local music, and enjoy the dancing.
Saturday nights in the hot summer months of July and August are magical in La Cala. The promenade becomes a venue for classical music and flamenco dancing. With the outline of the old 16th-century watchtower of Torre Vieja as a backdrop, and moon reflecting down on the expanse of sea, the village celebrates a season of Noches de Luna y Playa (Nights of Moon and Beach).
Restaurants in La Cala.
There is no shortage of restaurants in La Cala de Mijas. There are many located on Boulevard de la Cala and others on the seafront around Calle Torrejon where the beach bars have their fans. Others prefer a more formal restaurant. Lookout for Restaurant El Torrejon, Restaurant El Deseo, Restaurant el Jinete, The Terrace and Centro de Mayores, economically priced, and a more Spanish speaking experience.