Calahonda is located approximately 16 kilometres east of Marbella, within Mijas municipality (specifically, Mijas Costa). Travelling from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport takes around 30 minutes, depending on which route you take.
The coastal road is more scenic than the toll road, but not as quick. The toll road (autopista) starts from the outskirts of Fuengirola and runs all the way to Sotogrande, just before Gibraltar. Beware when using the toll road as prices vary depending on the time of the year, with signficant increases during the summer months and other public holiday periods.
Calahonda has a good range of shops, pharmacies and other facilities such as public transport, Wi-Fi zones and internal connections, as well as many bars and eateries to choose from.
It is a family-friendly resort, with plenty of activities geared towards outdoor living, including the Calahonda football academy (ideal for keeping children entertained) and the Calahonda train, which is a great way to view the urbanisation (the train runs Monday to Saturday). For those seeking a relaxing time playing golf, La Siesta is located just off the main strip: a nine-hole course with stunning views over the Costa del Sol.
If you are interested in tennis, Club del Sol will be of special interest. Located towards the top of the strip close to La Siesta Golf, it has tennis, squash and pádel tennis courts, as well as a gym and sauna.
The famous Calahonda strip is a bustling area full of restaurants, bars and shops that cater for a multitude of different nationalities. During the summer months, in particular, it is a hub of activity.
The beach in Calahonda is relatively small – only one kilometre long and 20 metres wide – but it is mainly sandy and clean, and ideal for families.
Not so many years ago, Calahonda was an undeveloped area where fishing was the main activity in its immediate surroundings. Then, thanks in part to its proximity to Marbella, sandy beaches and surrounding nature, the once-sleepy neighbourhood became a popular destination for foreigners wanting to start a new life in the sun and/or looking for new business opportunities.
Today, Calahonda is a modern resort with plenty of activities and facilities within the community, or easily accessible if not immediately available in situ.
Whatever time of the year you want to visit Calahonda, you will find it an interesting and exciting place for a holiday or longer stay.