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bar hopping - La Cala de Mijas, SpainThey say that you should write about what you know, and I know bar hopping! There are some excellent bars in La Cala, with everything from Spanish Bars to Irish Pubs and chill lounges. If want to have a great time, for little money, then I suggest you follow my route for an excellent bar hopping night. This is the story of one epic night, in the bars and streets of our favorite little town in Costa del Sol. 

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Your Guide to Costa del SolOver the years we have had a lot of guests come to stay with us. Many of them have told us of things they have done, and places they have seen. Combine that with our expert knowledge of La Cala de Mijas, and the nearby towns and you have yourself enough information to fill a book. That is why you can now get your hands on our FREE “Secret Guide to Costa del Sol”. Read on to get yours! Getting the guide is easy.

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rioI just received an email from Lonely Planet. The headline was "Best Value Destinations". I am always up for a great deal, so I read on, hoping that the best deals would not be found in a war zone, or close to it. It was therefore exciting to see that they listed fun places such as Rio in Brazil, Gothenburg in Sweden, Spain in general, Nepal, and many more.

Even if you are not in a position to plan your next vacation yet, it is always fun to dream.

Please read on to find a copy of the article.

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Calaña ridgeRising more than 1200 meters over the crowded Costa del Sol, La Concha (the shell) peak is a characteristic mountain calling to those ones more interested in the heights and bare rocks than in sandy beaches and luxury lifestyle of the holidays resorts and golf clubs of Marbella. This massive block of limestone is the first one of an interesting group of ‘sierras’ which extends from the Mediterranean Sea coast towards the interior lands of Andalucía. 

This story comes from summitpost.org. Read the full article HERE!

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Here at Spanish Vacation Rental we have two 3 bedroom, 2 bath holiday homes, located in the historical town of La Cala de Mijas.  Some groups love this town, while others do not. In an attempt to promote it to the right people, and avoid disappointment for the rest, you should read on to see why we think La Cala is NOT right for you.

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We do not often as for your help, but today is an exception. Instead of providing you with inside information to southern Spain, we are today asking you to help us win a competition for vacation rental home owners. One of the many sites we advertise on is Homeaway, formerly known as Holiday-Rentals and Ownersdirect. Homeaway is now running a competition for all of their owners, where we are to collect as many “Likes” and other forms of Social Media Marketing posts. Can you please help us out?

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We sometimes have openings in our calendars that we want to fill. If you have the chance to get away for a last minute, spontaneous trip to Costa del Sol, you might be able to reserve our homes at 50% discount! Please read this article for more information and the secret Promotional Code.

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tangier - moroccoOne day in September we decided that we would check out Morocco on our trip to Costa del Sol. The main reason was so that we could claim that we had been to Africa. We did some searching online, and found what we thought to be a ferry ride to Tangier, Morocco, followed by a guided bus and walking tour in the narrow streets and back allies. This is the story of how we got lost before the trip begun and eventually rode a camel, in Africa.

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In June of 2011 Columbia Pictures came to the smurf villagesmall of Júzcar, in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, to film their new movie called “The Smurfs". To make the filming easier, the entire pueblo (village) was painted in Smurf-blue, with the promise to return it to the original white after the filming was over. However, in December the same year, the village and their 200 inhabitants, voted to keep the village blue. They had seen a great surge in tourism and business was booming. This is the story of our trip to the smurfiest town in the world, on our way to the final destination of Ronda.

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old district of MarbellaWe were walking around in the old district of Marbella, when my good friend, Paul, became cranky. His girlfriend told us it was a sure sign of low blood sugar, and only a great meal of Tapas would fix the issue. We ran into a local lady, who was closing up her shop. She said to get out of the tourist restaurants of Old Town, and head towards the sea. A few right and left and straights, and we should find a “hole in the wall” tapas place called Santiago. Paul said he would make it without turning into a hypoglycemic monster, so we turned our nose towards the salty waters and kept walking. This is the story of how we ended up with some fantastic tapas, plenty of sangria, and all at a cheap price.

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Are you an experienced diver? Never snorkeled before? It doesn’t matter! When we last visited La Cala de Mijas on Costa del Sol, we had a group of people from all different backgrounds and experience levels. My wife generally hyperventilates when she gets a snorkel in her mouth and the water hits the tip of her chin. I have done about 20 dives myself, and the other 2 in the group had little to no experience. Together we had a fantastic day diving with a Fuengirola based company called Simply Diving. Here is our story of our fantastic 1-day adventure!

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Like most pet owners, I as well, happen to be one that would rather bring my pets with me on vacation, than leave them with a sitter or place them in boarding. For a while now, I have been planning to bring my Border collie mix, Sara and domestic cat, Alfred, to my childhood home on the countryside of Stockholm.  In addition to Stockholm, Sweden, we also went down to La Cala de Mijas, Spain for 10 days.  As our two rental properties needed some maintenance before the winter season. Here is the story of how we did it, paperwork to file, and things to look for.

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Costa del Sol is by far the most inexpensive holiday resort in Spain for a late summer getaway, according to MyTravelMoney.co.uk.

The travel finance website compared the average price of holiday essentials - including flights, hotel rooms, drinks, taxi and a meal for one - across popular Spanish holiday destinations, to discover which offered the best value option. 

Costa Del Sol September getaway cheapest, says survey

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Take a 7 minute walk from our Vacation Rental apartments in La Cala, on a Wednesday or a Saturday, and you can find yourself at La Cala Market, one of the many local markets in Costa del Sol. Here you can purchase anything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to clothing and pottery. Negotiation is possible, but you will generally get a great deal right off the bat.

Costa del Sol Markets

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In ancient times Fuengirola was known as Suel and then Suhayl. Today it is a large town and municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga, autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Fuengirola is a major tourist resort, with more than 8 km of beaches, and home to a medieval Moorishfortress. 

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Over the years, water parks have become an integral part of Malaga’s summer scene attracting many thousands of visitors. Popular with both residents and holiday makers alike, a visit to a one of the water parks makes a fantastic day out for all the family.
Aquamijas - water park Mijas
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The sunny Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most popular tourist regions. It’s the perfect vacation spot for golf lovers as its home to over 70 world class golf courses.
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Malaga has long been a major holiday destination with numerous attractions for visitors to the city. However, Malaga is also home to an extensive calendar of events, offering many superb festivals held each year in the Malaga area.

Festival highlights include the city's carnival in February, Holy Week celebrations approaching Easter, the Fiesta de San Juan (Feast of St. John) each June, and the La Virgen del Carmen celebrations in July - which features a parade of local fishermen. Also worth noting, the Feria de Malaga is a spectacular event which takes place each August, when the whole city seems to party.
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After weeks and months of figuring how websites are built and managed, we are now please to annouce the release of our new and modern looking website! 

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The ‘burro taxi’ (donkey taxi) is set to arrive in La Cala de Mijas. After a test run during la Cala de Mijas Feria the local government provided positive feedback. 

 

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Welcome to our Homes

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Thank you for your interest in our Two Vacation Rentals in La Cala de Mijas, Spain. Both are in the same complex, have private Jacuzzis on the terrace, 28000 square meters of Sub-Tropical gardens, 2 saltwater Swimming Pools, and all within walking distance to the beach!

About Us

about us

Sophie and Einar are the proud owners of Spanish Vacation Rental's 2 holiday homes in La Cala de Mijas. They are born and raised in Scandinavia, but currently reside in the US. 

Where are we?

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Our 2 Vacation Rental homes are located in La Cala de Mijas on Costa del Sol in southern Spain. La Cala is an old fishing village, with tons of charm, cobblestone streets, Moore ruins, an excellent "Blue Flag"-rated Beach and Restaurants from around the world