The coastal path from La Cala de Mijas to Calahonda

Stretching just over 6km, the coastal path between La Cala de Mijas and Calahonda, Mijas-Costa, is offers stunning sea views and a choice of cafes, beach bars and restaurants on route.

Also known as the ‘Senda Litoral de Malaga’, the protected path will eventually link up with other stretches along the coast to form a 163km path following the Costa del Sol from Manilva in the west to Nerja in the east.

The La Cala de Mijas attracts visitors from all over Mijas-Costa and beyond who want to enjoy the pristine beaches, upmarket restaurants, tapas bars in the old ‘Spanish atmosphere’ of this former fishing village. La Cala de Mijas is just 16km west of Fuengirola and 19km east of Marbella.

Offering the best of both worlds, La Cala de Mijas was one of the least affected areas during the property downturn in Spain and the majority of properties either ‘held their own’ or increased in price. In 2017 and 2018 a wide choice of new penthouse, townhouse and apartment developments will be completed and are selling very quickly in and around La Cala de Mijas.

Whether you want fine dining on the beach at Olivia’s Restaurant, owned by former TOWIE TV star, Elliott Wright, fresh seafood, paella and sangria at a beach bar, a la carte and tasting menus at the Little Geranium or traditional British fish and chips at the Wright Plaice, you will find it all and more in La Cala – not to mention the tapas at Bocarte!

The La Cala de Mijas Coastal Path was opened to great fanfare in October, 2014 and has attracted thousands of walkers and sightseers along the 6.1km route since its construction.

If you want to make the most of this scenic pathway (dogs also allowed on the path, but not in all restaurants) stop off between La Cala to Calahonda for breakfast, lunch or a coffee, at one of several seafront cafes.

The El Oceano Beach Club offers excellent food, drinks and snacks with stunning sea views from the elevated terrace. Antonio’s Beach Bar also offers seafront views and a choice of excellent seafood & local fish dishes.

Up until the early 1990’s La Cala de Mijas was little more than a picturesque fishing village with whitewashed houses and narrow streets. La Cala has been cleverly transformed into a vibrant seaside town without losing any of its original charm.

The ancient tower or ‘torre’ situated just behind La Cala’s main beach was one of the coast’s most important defences hundreds of years ago. Men within the tower were often the first to spot enemy ships approaching the coast.

If you manage to drag yourself away from the beach or pool during your stay, take a stroll around the Saturday market which offers a vast choice of fresh fruit and veg, clothing, bags, leather goods, jewellery, spices and shoes. A great place to buy gifts and souvenirs to take home also. The market opens from 9am to 3pm.

Whatever time of year you are planning to visit La Cala de Mijas, a stroll along the coastal path to Calahonda offers panoramic views and a host of amazing places to eat and drink.

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