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Sophie Johansson

Sophie Johansson

Sophie is born and raised outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, where she goes to school and works for a Swedish company


Sophie is the proud owner of two holiday rental homes in La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa, Costa del Sol, Spain.

Costa del Sol is known for its year-round sun.

But as this week is proving, not even the Costa del Sol is safe from downpours all the time.

We’ve rounded up some of the best easy-reach, rainy day spots to prove there is much more to do here than just hit the beach.


If there ever needed to be an excuse to visit a bodega, a rainy day is surely it.


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La Cala de Mijas footpath to CalahondaLa Luna Beach – La Cala de Mijas

Today we found a wonderful coastal hike, starting in La Cala de Mijas. It is 6 km long one-way, and connects La Cala de Mijas with Calahonda and their beaches. It is located on the Coastal path that runs through the municipality of Mijas. Throughout your walk you will find stunning stretches of coastline characterized by the diversity of its landscape. You can enjoy the best tourist services of the popular beaches as well as link to other places of great natural charm and serenity.

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El ChorroUPDATE: Although new dates were due to be available, users have reported repeated errors when trying to book tickets on the Caminito del Rey website.

Internet is proving to be the Achilles heel for the new attraction with ongoing problems from the day the booking site was launched, which according to Diario SUR has led Malaga Provincial Council to decide to cancel the contract with the website managers.

THOSE who missed out on the chance to visit the Camino del Rey in El Chorro will be pleased to know tickets for June, July, August and September are up for grabs.

The online booking site www.caminitodelrey.info is offering tickets for the summer months as of today, April 10.

Nine thousand people of 10 different nationalities have been to visit the spectacular mountain walkway since it was opened to the public on March 28, and Malaga Provincial Council expects more than 100,000 people to have done the walk by the end of September.


Contact us if you have any questions about visiting La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa, or for staying in one of our beautiful homes.

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Young Golfers Free Golf Lessons Costa del SolGROWING up on the Costa del Sol gives youngsters the best chance to hammer home their golf swing… and it is about to get even easier.

Mijas town hall is giving would-be Tiger Woods the opportunity to hone their skills for free.

In partnership with La Cala resort, children aged between five and 16 will be treated to top training tips throughout March and April without charge.

Free classes will run every weekend.

To sign up call the tourism department on +34 952589034 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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THE Caminito del Rey Kings WalkwayThe Caminito del Rey (King’s Walkway) mountain trail near El Chorro, due to open at the end of March, has received 32,048 bookings in just one week.

More than 130,000 visits have been recorded bywww.caminitodelrey.info, the only place where free visits to the trail, considered one of the most thrilling in the world, can be booked.

Although 94 per cent of bookings so far have come from people within Spain, visitors from the UK, Germany, Holland, the US, Denmark, France, Belgium, Portugal and Italy have also been booking visits, the Costa del Sol tourism board reported.

Your can read more about the walkway in our blog posting called "Road-trip from La Cala de Mijas to 4 Awesome Locations - All in 1 Day". 


Contact us if you have any questions about visiting La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa, or for staying in one of our beautiful homes.

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AFTER a record number of visitors last year, Costa del Sol tourism figures have started 2015 getting better and better.

The latest figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) show the number of hotel visitors in January, with Malaga Province registering a 10 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2014, with a total of 199,246 visits.

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Elias Bendodo, head of the Costa del Sol tourism board, said that this was the third highest amount ever registered in January and the increase was higher than in both Andalucia (9.6 per cent) and Spain as a whole (7.5 per cent).

More hopeful signs came from hotel employment figures with a total of 7,322 people working at hotels within the province, 447 more than in January 2014.


Contact us if you have any questions about visiting La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa, or for staying in one of our beautiful homes.

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VISITORS to Mijas village will soon have a new way to discover points of interest thanks to a tuktuk tour service.

tuktuck service in mijas spainThese lightweight, environmentally friendly, electric vehicles with space for four passengers will provide new routes in the village and take tourists to points not covered by traditional donkey-taxis and horse-drawn carriage tours.

Tourism councillor Santiago Martin explained that the department hoped to provide users with a tablet containing information in up to eight different languages on the history, culture and sights of Mijas.


Contact us if you have any questions about visiting La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa, or for staying in one of our beautiful homes.

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comaresOn May 6th, 2014 we left our holiday rental home in La Cala de Mijas for an amazing day-trip by car, stopping at 4 locations, all of which we would recommend to anyone staying in the region with an extra day to spare.

The day before we planned out of trip based on my mom’s recommendations. She had visited the same locations, but on 3 separate trips. We decided to plot it all in Google Maps and get the most out of the day, Japanese tourist style (minus the bus). With the camera charged and the memory card emptied we were ready to go. Our trip itinerary:

  • La Cala de Mijas
  • Comares
  • El Torcal
  • El Chorro
  • Setenil de las Bodegas


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View-of-Mijas-PuebloTHERE are two main types of tourist who visit Mijas pueblo. The ‘watch-everything-through-your-camera-lens type’ and the others, who try and avoid them at all costs. The latter spend their days seeking out authenticity, while the former are so eager to document everything going on and tick boxes that they often forget to actually enjoy themselves.

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malaga tourism on the riseMalaga is amongst the three Spanish provinces where overnight stays have risen the most so far this year. In January and February, 207,203 people have visited the province from the rest of Spain and stayed in hotels, 28,411 more than the same period in 2013.


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nikkibeachmarbella2A worldwide luxury beach club phenomenon, Nikki Beach represents everything cool, sexy and glamorous about spending the day or night at the beach. Divine globally-inspired cuisine, the coolest crowd, the hottest parties, against a utopian backdrop of swaying palms and exotic bamboo beds, Nikki Beach is where Marbella's in-crowd can be found, bronzing themselves on exotic, oversized sunbeds, sipping champagne cocktails on the VIP terrace, and dancing to the all-day grooves of Nikki Beach's world-class DJs and live musicians. Nikki Beach's famous Amazing Sundays are not to be missed. Attracting up to 1000 people in the height of the summer, this is the ultimate beach party experience. 

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dji phantom 2 vision spy drone in costa del solPersonal Spy Drones are the new fun toys for adults, and they can be used in so many different situations. 2 years ago we paid good money to have a professional video crew come through our holiday rental homes in La Cala de Mijas, and it produced some excellent videos. We have had so many guests say that they decided to stay with us based on two things: Our 5 out of 5 star review on every single website we advertise our rental homes on AND the video tour of the apartment. It really gives people a great idea of what we are all about and what to expect. Yesterday we had another idea: Let’s make an aerial video tour of the apartment complex, the trip to the beach, the local market, and nearby towns. It is the 2nd or perhaps 5th generation of holiday rental video tours.

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SallyWe recently asked our onsite manager, Sally, to answer a 20 question questionnaire. This was to both show the world what an amazing manager we have at our La Cala de Mijas based holiday rental homes, as well as letting everyone get to know Sally a little bit better. Almost every single review we receive these days mention Sally and what a wonderful experience our guests have with her. She is super friendly and knowledgeable.

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espetos in malaga spainThere is nothing more symbolic of a Spanish summer than the smell of sardines being slowly grilled over an open wood fire on the beach. Nothing else even comes close. The combination of heat, the sea air, the smoke from the olive wood fire and the salted sardine being slowly grilled to perfection. A smell that is omnipresent on most beaches in and around the Costa del Sol.

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malaga spain winter special pricingOctober to March is by far the cheapest time to visit Costa del Sol. You have the trifecta of cheapness going on, with everything being available rock-bottom pricing:

  1. Cheapest Airline Tickets of the year
  2. Cheapest Holiday Rental Homes of the year
  3. Cheapest Car Rental of the year

So if you have any extra time off saved up, why aren’t you taking advantage of these deals? Get away from the rain and the snow this late fall and winter, and enjoy yourself in sunny Costa del Sol!

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costa del sol travelFamilies looking to escape the UK this October half term and swap the autumn chill for a sunshine break should head to Spain’s Costa del Sol for low resort costs and cheapest family packages, according to the Post Office Travel Money Half Term Barometer.

The cost of a half term family holiday package (two adults and two children) with meals and drinks for one week, Post Office Travel Money found that the Costa del Sol (£1,108) was cheapest of six popular European half term destinations. The Algarve (£1,137) was close behind, just £29 more expensive. The other four destinations surveyed – Majorca, Marmaris (Turkey), Ayia Napa (Cyprus) and Tenerife – cost between £1,210 and £2,186 for a family of four.

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Cádiz 1Cádiz, they say, is Europe’s oldest city. There are those who disagree but either way, it’s old. Columbus set out from here twice on his voyages to the New World. Built on a narrow spit of land, Cadiz is accessed by a single road over the sea, which gives it a magical air. The city's golden age was during the 18th century and this is evident in the architecture of its rambling old town, a maze of lanes and broader streets. Bars, cafes and many of the shops have a wonderful ‘vintage’ feel to them.

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via ferratas in andaluciaExperience Andalucia from new heights. Via Ferrata routes are on the increase and provide an unforgettable day out. The central theme of any ferrata is a thick steel cable that is fixed to the side of a mountain. The cable is the backbone of any ferrata route and should provide all the safety you will need. This 'lifeline' is drilled into the rock face every few metres, thereby limiting any falls.

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golf holiday costa del solA new study of European golfers reveals that Spain remains the No.1 travel destination for visitors from the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia, with more than 28% of respondents playing golf in the country over the past 12 months.

Of the 28.5% of golfers who travelled to Spain to play golf, 12.7% went to the Costa del Sol, 3.9% went to the Costa Brava region, 3.2% visited the Canary Islands and 8.7% went to other areas.

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Private Jacuzzi on terraceOur first holiday rental apartment in La Cala de Mijas is named Coral Reef. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath high end home, with everything you would expect to find in your neighbor's home and more. It includes a Jacuzzi on the terrace, everything you need for traveling with babies and toddlers, PlayStation 3 game console, bicycles, WiFi, HDTV, Sky Satellite and much more. One of the first websites we advertised on was spain-holiday.com. Since they have been so kind to let us republish some of their articles about places to visit in the area, we figured we would give them another link. Below you can see an image slideshow of Coral Reef Apartment.

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Welcome to our Homes


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