Our Guide To La Cala De Mijas Festival

It’s 2023 and Cala Mijas Music Festival is back for it’s second year. Locals and tourists alike gathered within the hills of La Cala to experience the Costa Del Sols largest music festival with an impressive line-up. We were personally pleasantly surprised by the overall layout and organisation of the festival, not to mention the music. So, we have high hopes that this year will be even better!

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La Cala de Mijas music festival

It’s 2023 and Cala Mijas Music Festival is back for it’s second year. Locals and tourists alike gathered within the hills of La Cala to experience the Costa Del Sols largest music festival with an impressive line-up. We were personally pleasantly surprised by the overall layout and organisation of the festival, not to mention the music. So, we have high hopes that this year will be even better!

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before you go. 

Where is Cala Mijas Festival?

The La Cala de Mijas Music Festival takes place just outside the charming coastal town of La Cala de Mijas, which is situated along the Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga, Spain. La Cala de Mijas is a picturesque destination known for its beautiful beaches, Mediterranean charm, and vibrant atmosphere.  

Mijas festival La Cala

How to Get to the Festival

By Taxi: If your coming from further than La Cala, you can get a taxi to the town, or as far as cars are allowed to drive close to the festival ground. We took a taxi last year and had about a 15 minute walk to the entrance. There was also some traffic so leave with plenty of time. It’s also important to note that you should expect a high surcharge for taxis such as Uber and Bolt during this time. 

By Car: We don’t recommend coming by car. There is a car park, but it is limited and traffic is heavy. 

Shuttle Services: The festival has free shuttle buses that take festival goers to and from La Cala town. Bus’s go regularly from 4pm to the early hours of the morning. There are also shuttle bus’s to and from the camping grounds and car park. See here for more information.

Walking: Walking from La Cala town to the entrance of the festival takes approximately 30 minutes. It’s an up hill walk getting there but down hill when leaving. The shuttle bus’s go regularly but if you fancy using your feet it’s not so bad. 

La Cala Music Festival Bus Map

Wristband Collection

Before entering the festival grounds, you first need to collect your wristband. Wristbands will be placed on your wrist and must be worn the entire time. This means you cannot collect the wristbands on behalf of anyone else. You must go in person to exchange your ticket for a wristband.

The collection point is in a different area to the entrance, although nearby. The shuttle buses leave passengers close to the collection area, and if you are arriving on foot, you can pass by the collection point before continuing to the entrance. There is also a wristband collection point within the campsite. 

Cashless Festival

Your festival wristband also acts as an electronic wallet and is the only accepted payment method at the festival. You can quickly top it up online using the unique QR code on your wristband. And don’t worry, any money you don’t spend can be claimed back.

See here for more information.

Important Information

Opening times: Thursday: 17:00h – 6:30h
Friday and Saturday: 17:00h – 07:00h

Children & Minors: Children under 11 years of age enter free of charge and must be accompanied by a parent. Those over 16 but under 18 may enter the venue on their own by signing this a permission form. 

Lockers: This year, both at the Cala Mijas venue and in the camping area, Mobile Lockers will offer all attendees the opportunity to secure their personal belongings and charge their mobile devices safely.

Festival Food & Drinks

With all the fun to be had you are likely to work up an appetite. Luckily there are plenty of food options to choose from. In 2022 we found food to suit all tastes and many options for veterinarians, vegan’s and gluten free. This year, sponsors include Better Balance, a plant based food company, Red Bull, Johnnie Walker and Cervezas Victoria.

La Cala Festival Toilets

In 2023 we had an ok experience with the toilet facilities at La Cala Festival. Compared to most other festivals we have been to, the toilets were somewhat well maintained. We were also happy that we never really had to queue to use them. We hope it will be a similar experience in 2023.

2023 Line Up

Acid Arab live
Aiko el grupo
Alvva
Amaia
Amyl and the Sniffers
ARCA
Arcade Fire
Axel Boman live
Baiuca
Ballena
Baxter Dury
Belle & Sebastian
Ben Yart
Budino
Buganvilla
Cala Vento
Call Super
Cariño
Charlie Cunnigham
Compro Oro
Cormac
Cupido Cupido
Delaporte
DUKI
Ethel Cain
Florence + The Machine
Foals
Helena Hauff
I. Jordan
Idles
James Holden
José González
Amaia Judeline
Juicy Bae
Junior Boys
KETIOV B2B MOXIE
Kevin Kaarl
La Élite
La Plazuela
Lord Malvo
Lori Meyers
M83
Metronomy
Moderat
Natural Language
Nicola Cruz
Niños Luchando
Nu Genea Live Band
Ouri live
Pabllo Vittar
Palms Trax
Playback Maracas
Playdoo Club
Prosumer
Rocio Saiz Dj set
Safety Trance
Saoirse
Sioxsie
Sistema de Entretenimiento
Tamino
The Blaze
The Deniros
The Strokes
Tom Vr
Topanga Kiddo
Underworld
Vatocholo
Vera Fauna
VVV [Trippin’you]
Yung Prado

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What should you bring to the festival

  • Suncream (but no aerosols)
  • Comfortable dancing shoes
  • Light clothes (expect high temperatures, even after the sun sets).
  • A charged phone (although expect a weak phone signal). 
  • Caps / Visors
  • Hand Sanitizer / Baby Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Handbag/Backpacks (up to medium size)

Where to stay while you attend the festival

There are many accommodation options to consider when planning your stay. From the festivals official camping and glamping options, to ticket and accommodation packages. If your looking to organise your own, separate accommodation you’ll lots of options on Airbnb, and Booking.com both in La Cala and along the coast. 

Sticking around La Cala for longer?

We highly recommend extending your stay beyond the festival to soak up the sun on the beach, enjoy the local restaurants and bars, and explore surrounding areas. Take a day trip to Caminito Del Rey, Mijas white town, Marbella town or Malaga city

The combination of the festival’s scenic location and the captivating music performances makes La Cala de Mijas Music Festival a must-visit event for both music lovers and travelers looking to soak in the beauty of the Spanish coast while enjoying live music.

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