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Calahonda Area Guide

“The town where you can fulfill your sporting needs!”

Calahonda is a small town situated on the coast between Fuengirola and Marbella, and is part of the municipality of Mijas. It is only 25 minutes’ drive from Malaga International Airport and is an excellent base to explore the Costa Del Sol. With regular bus transportation it’s easy to plan a full day out from here.

Although the area is developed, it does also offer large green areas and is limited on apartment buildings. With most amenities within close distance from each other you can see why this is a town is well enjoyed.

Most of Calahonda´s population is not of Spanish origin, it is composed mainly by expatriate Brits, Scandinavians, and Germans. If you are looking for a more traditional Spanish feel then Calahonda may not be what you’re looking for, though you are never too far away from local cuisine and culture. However If you are looking for a home away from home, in the sun and located on top of the beach, this is the place for you!

The area of Calahonda was originally the site of a fort house and dated from the same period as the watchtowers along the coast. During the period of the Moorish attacks the fort house meant shelter and was therefore provided with a big fireplace to prepare meals and to give warmth.

Calahonda is a new area in terms of human development and was formed by the merging of two real estates owned by the brothers Gerardo, Enrique and Elvira Van Dulken and was developed by D. Juan de Orbaneja in 1963, occupying the space between Marbella and Mijas.

There is a small Christian monument situated in the hills of Calahonda, and due to its location, stands out like a beacon; on a clear day you should be able to see the whole coast from here, including Africa and Gibraltar. 

Due to the town only being developed in the 1960´s Calahonda does not offer much by the way of history and culture, however as mentioned previously it is well connected to all other towns along the coast to satisfy your history and culture needs.

There are several attractions in and around Calahonda. If you are sporty then this is the place to be on the coast.

With a number of golf courses, fitness centres and tennis courts, it is certainly easy to incorporate sport into your lifestyle or holiday.

Club de Golf La Siesta is the main golf course in Calahonda, however you will also find 4 other course close by such as Miraflores Golf Restaurant, Calanova Golf Club, Golf Leisure Breaks and Cabopino Golf Marbella.

If you’re into your tennis or just fancy a dabble then Club de Tenis Club del Sol is the place to go. It hosts 12 excellent courts, 9 clay tracks and three fast plexi-cushion tracks.  There are classes of all levels from beginners to professionals. You can also find a children’s play area in the facility so can be fun for all the family!

Calahonda´s beautiful sandy beach stretch offers a number of where you will find delicious fresh fish and cocktails. The beach also offers a large variety of water activities.

There are also several trekking paths that lead to a number of picturesque parks around the town.

Centro Comercial Los Cipreses is the main shopping centre here you can find a number of great retail shops, restaurant, cafeterias, a supermarket, pharmacy and banks.

Just 5 minutes south you will find Puerto Deportivo de Cabo Pino, this is where you will find some of the Coasts most popular restaurants, such as Alberts and Giuseppes Pizzeria.

With Calahonda becoming more and more popular, there are an increasing number of young families relocating here. There are options of Spanish state schools and there is also a nursery school in Calahonda, however there are some private primary and secondary schools located nearby.

One of the best known international schools on the coast, the English International School (EIC), is approximately 5 to 10 minutes’ drive from the town and state-funded schooling is also available in La Cala de Mijas. Schools provide free bus service to students coming from Calahonda so you need not worry about transport.

There are a number of different restaurants and bars in Calahonda, not forgetting the chiringuitos which are often open till late during the summer months. Most bars are open until 3am. However if it’s a night out on the town, your best bet is to travel a little further out of Calahonda to Marbella, which is only 11 minutes by taxi. Travel a little further (approx. 19 minutes) and you will find the popular Puerto Banus where many famous stars go to holiday.

As sport is a way of life in this town there is no surprise this little town provides a chemist and three medical centers offering 24 hour service.  You can also find a state-funded hospital just minutes down the road.

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