La Cala – a Subtle Slice of Holiday Resort on the Costa del Sol, Andalucia

The pirates left La Cala on the Costa del Sol in a hurry and forgot their boat. Luckily the kids didn't.

La Cala, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, is one of those places we’ve driven past on numerous occasions without ever taking any real notice. While out with some fiends we decided to investigate and found a quiet little village with enough hidden within its folds to provide plenty for your holiday, wild camp, break or whatever.

One of the first things that struck me about La Cala, and this is a big plus point, is its dog friendly beaches. Since arriving in Spain we have been frustrated by the laws surrounding dogs and beaches, so to be able to legally take Sweep on the beach was incredibly pleasing.

The main road into the village (leaving the N-340) holds all the main shops. It loops back under the motorway and there you’ll find a big Mercadona – ideal if you’re wild camping for a few days.

What struck me most about La Cala is its ‘lowness’. There are no high rise buildings to speak of, although a few are under construction, and this also makes it seem like a cosier place. The few streets between the beach and the N-340 are filled with little houses and lined with trees; all very tastefully done.

Onto the beach there are plenty of chiringuitos where you can cool off with a cold drink, while the beaches themselves are kept very clean making them very inviting. There are activities including jet ski rides, water skiing, kayak hire, etc.

Another striking landmark is Torres Vigias; an odd piece of stoneware with a single door at its base and a higher door with a broken rope ladder hanging from it. The tower is similar to many along the Costa del Sol and was once a watchtower.

The modern church of [name] is a humble affair in the middle of the town and is easy miss. The fountain outside is a good landmark.

For a few days of quiet escape La Cala is a good destination and its dog friendly beach is a massive bonus. The clutch of shops and supermarkets provide all you need and the little vet (Clinica Veterinaria Teckel) is an excellent place to top up on dog food or get your pet checked over.

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