Situated on the coast within the municipality of Mijas and province of Malaga, the village was originally know as “La Cala del Moral” (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 and is more commonly known just as “La Cala” to locals and tourists alike.
La Cala has changed from a small, typically Andalusian white-washed fishing village of the 1950s and 1960s to a busy little resort town over the past 20-30 years. In the earlier days, La Cala boasted some 30 fishermen’s cottages, a couple of bars, an open-air summer cinema, a butcher, a grocer, a small chapel, a school and little else. La Cala is a vibrant and busy town yet it has managed to maintain much of it’s original charm and character remaining unspoiled by mass tourism. It is well serviced with shops, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, bars, hotels, cultural centre, town hall, schools and transport links. Malaga airport is only 25 minutes away and the busy resorts of Fuengirola and Marbella are only a short bus ride or 10 minutes away if travelling by car.
The town continues to develop with future plans for a train link that would go directly to Fuengirola, Malaga Airport and Malaga itself making the town even more accessible. There are also new health centres and a public sports centre under development with further plans for a police station. Possibly the most exciting of the proposed new developments will be the creation of a new marina. Although this has been discussed for many years, only recently (August 2011) the Mijas council has put out to tender for projects and costs.
The specific location of La Cala is perfect for warm sunny summers and mild short winters. This is due to it’s proximity to the sea and having the backdrop and shelter of the Sierra de Mijas mountains. Enjoying around 300 days of sunshine a year, less than 600mm of rain and temperatures rarely falling below 18º, it is clearly understandable why La Cala is both a popular tourist destination and place to live.
One of the major attractions of the Mijas area is undoubtedly Golf. With an ideal climate for year round playing and no less than 12 courses in what has become known locally as the “Mijas Golf Valley”, golfers really are spoiled for choice. La Cala is located conveniently for access to all of the courses, some of which are considered to be up there with the top courses across Europe.