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The watchtower is La Cala's most beloved historical monument. Originally used as a defence tower in the 12th century, it now serves as a museum and tourist information center. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy long dinners at the various restaurants in La Cala and Riviera, offering a wide range of cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Spanish. After dinner, many people head to local bars or pubs for a drink or two. For a livelier nightlife experience, Benalmádena Port, Torremolinos, or Puerto Banús are popular options.


The beaches in La Cala are truly stunning, with 2,000 meters of golden sand and warm water that earned the Blue Flag Award in 2002. Along the beach, there are stalls offering water activities such as jet skis and banana boat rides. Public showers, toilets, parasols, and sunbeds are also available for rent. The town has a charming promenade lined with bars and restaurants, including the elegant MIjas Playa Restaurant and traditional chiringuitos. Riviera has its own beach, which is usually calm and less crowded. Max Beach is a popular venue offering a variety of beachfront cuisine, and El Oceano Beach Hotel and Spa provides a romantic seafront dining experience.


La Cala is known for its boutique shops, and there is a street market every Wednesday and Saturday. However, for larger shopping centers, a short drive is necessary. Riviera Plaza is a commercial center with a bureau of change, banks, shops, and cafes.


Sports enthusiasts will find plenty of options in the area. Miraflores Golf Club offers breath taking views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. There is also a driving range for practice. The Aztec Sports Complex in Riviera del Sol has a swimming pool, tennis courts, badminton courts, mini golf, a gymnasium, and Wi-Fi access. The Miraflores Lawn Bowls Club is popular among residents and tourists, providing all-weather greens and a clubhouse. La Cala de Mijas has its own golf courses, including La Cala Golf Resort and El Chaparral Golf, as well as tennis facilities, fitness centers, and horse riding. The Hipodromo del Costa del Sol, a recently constructed racecourse, offers a unique experience. And of course, being a coastal town, La Cala offers various water sports activities.


The Costa del Sol is a great destination for a family holiday. There are numerous leisure parks and hotels that cater to children, ensuring a comfortable stay while having fun. Throughout the year, there are children's shows and activities in the main theatres, adding a cultural dimension to the holiday. In the summer, water parks in Torremolinos, Vélez-Málaga, and Mijas attract visitors with their thrilling water slides and attractions. There are also multi-adventure parks, horseback tours, off-road rides in the sierras, and amusement parks like Tivoli World.


During the Christmas season, Málaga offers Christmas markets, festivals, and nativity scenes. The Three Wise Men parade on January 6th, giving out sweets to children. Animal lovers can visit zoos like Bioparc Fuengirola and Selwo Aventura, or aquariums like Selwo Marina and Sea Life Benalmádena. The hinterland of Málaga offers opportunities to see native species such as wolves and donkeys. Birdwatching enthusiasts can visit the sierras or Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, home to a large flamingo colony.

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