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Calahonda, Spain

Calahonda is part of Mijas Costa and is located between Malaga and Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Calahonda is a quiet residential area with many nice homes. Many of the houses in Calahonda are surrounded by beautiful gardens thus you can get away from the city feeling that most of Costa del Sol can give. Many expats have chosen to live in Calahonda because it is close to Marbella, international schools on the Costa del Sol and Malaga airport.

Calahonda has the longest beach on the Costa del Sol. The beach is 4.5 km long and 25 meters wide. It is usually busy on the beach and there are lots of chiringuitos and you can hire sunbeds but the beach also has quiet areas.


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Restaurants in Calahonda

There is an amazing selection of restaurants of all types and in all price ranges in Calahonda. For example, there are many good restaurants in the mall C.C El zoco. The other area where there are many restaurants in Calahonda in "The Strip", in Avenida de España which runs down to the large roundabout.

Hotels in Calahonda

There are some hotels in Calahonda and also in adjacent areas like Riviera del Sol and La Cala de Mijas. If you want to stay near the beach resort of La Cala de Mijas a good option is VIK Gran Hotel Costa del Sol situated right on the beach. And if you are looking for approximity to a golf course then Tamisa Golf Hotel is a great choice. No matter which area you choose, there are hotels in all price ranges.

Holiday rentals in Calahonda

An alternative to living in a Hotel is to rent an apartment or a house while you are in Calahonda. Many prefer doing this because it gives a better comfort by having your own kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. Many expats own apartments or houses in Calahonda that they rent out on a weekly basis. There are many places to look for holiday rentals.

Attractions in Calahonda

For a tourist there is much to see and do in Calahonda. The white mountain village of Mijas Pueblo is very beautiful with views of the Costa del Sol and is suitable as a day trip. You can get there by car or bus from Fuengirola. Mijas Pueblo is full of souvenir shops where you can buy traditional ceramics and leather goods, visit the very special bull ring, you can take a donkey-taxi or you can climb up to the top of the mountain or enjoy a lovely dinner overlooking the Costa del sol.

The Zoo in Fuengirola is very small, but the space is well utilized. The zoo is decorated with the animal's natural habitat, and you get very close to the animals. In 2004 the Fuengirola zoo was awarded as Europe's best.

Gibraltar is located west of Calahonda and is one of the places to see and experience while you are here.
Ronda can be reached by bus or car from Calahonda. Ronda is divided in two by a deep ravine, and it is said that during the dictatorship of Franco's opponents were thrown down in this gorge.
Malaga is the capital of the province of Málaga, and is full of old buildings and monuments for those interested in Spanish history and culture. The old Arab palace Alcazaba is situated on a hill above Malaga. The atmosphere in these ruins will immedietaley take you back to the Middle Ages.
Marbella and Puerto Banus is the center of glamour and luxury on the Costa del Sol. In Marbella you'll find tourists and celebrities sitting next to each other.

There are also many nice places to visit just a few hours' journey from Calahonda, such as Seville, Granada and of course Tarifa.

Activities in Calahonda

Apart from sunbathing, swimming and various water sports, Calahonda and Mijas Costa is known as a golf community. The Costa del Sol has long promoted itself as the Costa del Golf. There are 15 golf courses to choose from in Mijas Costa. The largest is La Cala Resort with three 18 hole courses. Another popular golf course is Mijas Golf strategically located near Fuengirola. It has two 18-hole courses, Los Lagos and Los Olivos. Los Lagos was completely renovated in 2012, for 5 million euros!

The only horse race track on the Costa del Sol, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is located in Mijas, just above La Cala de Mijas. It hosts a range of activities such as horse racing late at night during the summer, sometimes concerts and sometimes horse shows.

The water park in Mijas, Parque Aquatico Mijas, is located at the border between Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Here you will find water slides for children and adults, wave pools and lots of fountains and small pools for children of all ages. The park is open from late April to late September.

Car hire in Calahonda

When you need to hire a car in Calahonda there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive Calahonda by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga. Read more...

Traveling and transportation in Calahonda

Mijas is about 25 minutes drive from Malaga airport and about 8 minutes from the local train in Fuengirola. From Malaga airport, you can travel to most major cities in Europe without having to change planes.

With the local train from Fuengirola you can visit several places between Fuengirola and Malaga, such as Benalmadena and Torremolinos. See train tables on

There are several Intercity buses to Fuengirola and Marbella every hour. For timetables see Portillo's website here ...

Shopping in Mijas

In Calahonda, there are many different shopping centers with many shops, cafes, restaurants, real estate agents and car rental agencies, etc. There are six different areas for shopping in Calahonda.
-C.C. El zoco is the largest mall and is located near the large roundabout in Calahonda
-The Strip, Avenida de España which runs down to the roundabout
-Los Jarales located next to the main road
-Los Cipreses located at the end of Avenida de España
-Doña Lola is a holiday resort that is located close to the beach
-Los Olivos is located on the road from El zoco against highway

Spanish classes in Calahonda

Whether you want to learn Spanish from scratch or you want to improve your Spanish, Calahonda is a superb choice. The advantage of taking a Spanish course in Calahonda is that you can practice your Spanish skills at your leisure. On you will find Spanish courses in Calahonda and many other cities in Spain.

Calahonda Flamenco Show


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