Calahonda

Calahonda property for sale and local guide

Local history

Sitio de Calahonda was founded in 1963 by the promoter Jose Orbaneja who was looking for land to develop. After looking all over the coast he found what he was looking for where Sitio de Calahonda is located today. He bought the land from the Van Dulken family and started to develop small bungalows on private plots. The first client to buy a house was a Swedish gentleman called Mr. Holmdahl, and today that street is still called Calle Holmdahl. During the years it all developed to becoming the lush and well kept urbanisation it is today. The Orbaneja family continued to develop the urbanisation for three generations and are still living in the urbanisation.

Sitio de Calahonda entrance
Sitio de Calahonda entrance

Sitio de Calahonda spreads over 300 hectares from the Mediterranean and 3 kilometres up the hill to almost 300 metres above sea level where you can visit the shrine “La Ermita de Calahonda” with its breathtaking views. The fact of elevation also means that a lot of the properties here enjoy spectacular views of the sea, the Spanish coastline, Gibraltar and all the way to the mainland if Africa. Since Calahonda is run as a macro-urbanisation (entidad urbanistica) you can be guaranteed a higher level of maintenance of gardens, parks, roads street lighting etc. than on most other areas on the coast. Calahonda has their own employees for gardening and maintenance as well as a professional management team. There is also 24 hours security in the urbanisation.

Every year in early June Calahonda celebrates “El dia de Calahonda” “The Calahonda Day” in the big park “Parque Vivero” and all the residents and guests are welcomed to participate.

Calahonda Park walkway
Calahonda Park walkway

Calahonda has developed to a modern urbanisation with a lot of facilities; two medical centres, six supermarkets, over 60 restaurants and bars, 2 butchers shops, 3 pharmacies, 2 hardware stores, service centre for TV and computer repairs, internet cafes, bakery, 5 banks, wonderful beach restaurants along the boardwalk and more. Yet you will only find two small apart hotels in Calahonda, and no big tourist hotels. This has proven very successful as it is a retreat for the residents and a favourite destination for the residential tourist. The “residential tourist” typically either owns or rents a property and visits several times a year. 

Apartments at the beach in CalahondaHow to get around

Calahonda´s location right between Marbella (17km) and Fuengirola (15km) makes you spoilt for choice. The Malaga airport is only 37km away and easily reach in only 25 minutes on the AP7 highway.

Buses:

There buses to Marbella and Fuengirola passes every 30 minutes. From the airport there is a train to Fuengirola and there after a change to the bus.

Bus timetable:

https://www.avanzabus.com/web/archivos/base/File/Horarios/Portillo/Horario-de-autobuses-de-Marbella.pdf

or

http://www.ctmam.es/lineas/M-220

Bus Calahonda- Riviera del Sol – La Cala – Fuengirola. In 2016 a new bus service started which goes from the top of Calahonda to the Myramar Shopping centre in Fuengirola. Stops on the way are La Cala, the Medical Centre of La Cala and several stops in Riviera del Sol. A great service that has been long demanded from the residents of the higher parts of Calahonda and Riviera del Sol. Bus timetable and map: http://www.ctmam.es/lineas/M-119

Renting a car is also easy and quite cheap, especially out of the summer months. Try the local provider FetaJo Rent a Car, we have several clients that are very happy with their service:

http://www.fetajorentacar.com/en/

There are three taxi ranks in Calahonda; one by the BBVA bank next to the bus stop at the beginning of Avenida de España, one by the Mercadona supermarket on Calle Merida de Jarales, and one by the Miel y Nata Restaurant at the higher part of Calle Jose Orbaneja. It is also easy to call and order a taxi from Taxi Mijas on 952476593.

What to do In Calahonda?

Sports – Gym – Tennis – Golf

In Calahonda you will find three big gyms, the Alhamar

Gym, Club del Sol and the Doña Lola Gym with its indoor heated pool.

The Club del Sol is one of the biggest tennis clubs on the coast and offers not only tennis and gym but also paddle tennis, squash and a restaurant. You can rent a tennis court for an hour, get classes or participate in one of the many events they organize.

The local golf course is called La Siesta Golf and is a 9 hole course. It is very pretty and the clubhouse has a nice restaurant with a lovely sunny terrace and fabulous views.

Bordering to Calahonda you will also find the golf course of Cabopino and within a 10 minutes drive you can reach Miraflores Golf, La Noria Golf, El Chaparral, La Cala golf Resort, Mijas Golf, and Santa Maria Golf.

Restaurants

There is a lot to chose from but here are a few of our favourites:

Beach and apartments in Calahonda

La Luna Beach restaurant, this beach restaurant offers local delights such as freshly grilled fish on a spit, paella, garlic prawns al pil pil, almejas clams in garlic and white wine as well as international dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the weekends they have a flamenco show. The staff is very friendly and welcoming! Under new management since 2014 this restaurant has proved itself among the locals and is a lovely place for a sunny lunch both in summer and winter. To reserve a table in the sand or sunbeds phone: 626 668 883

Calahonda Beach walk by Luna Beach
Calahonda Beach walk by Luna Beach

Miel y Nata Mountain, located in the higher part of Calahonda this is a meeting point for local residents of all nationalities. Nice atmosphere, generous portions of great food for very good prices. Telephone for reservations: 952 930 443

Le Bistrot Suisse, this well established restaurant is located on the Avenida España 20 together with another dozen restaurants. The friendly service, nice decor and great food have been the key for the restaurant’s success over the last 20 years. Telephone for reservations 952 93 29 49

Los Olivos and Bar el Zoco, under the same management both these lunch restaurants are very popular among the residents and tourists alike. A typical Spanish tapas menu as well as a la carte. Nice sunny terraces and friendly staff. You will find one in the Los Olivos Shopping Centre and the other one in the El Zoco Shopping centre, close to the StartGroup Office. No reservations.

Meson Doña Lola, nice traditional restaurant located in the Doña Lola complex close to the beach. We can recommend their daily lunch menu! Telephone for reservations 952931112

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant, a newly opened exiting Thai restaurant in Doña Lola. Same owner as the Connoisseur Indian Restaurant in Riviera del Sol which is also very popular. Fresh and great food with nice service. Telephone for reservations 951776848

Commercial centres

There are four commercial centres and two commercial areas in Calahonda.

The main centre is called “El Zoco” and is located at the east end of Calahonda. In here you will find the office of Start Group Real Estate, the post office, pharmacy, supermarket, Banco Popular, hairdressers, Abad lawyers, some shops and about a dozen restaurants. On the upper level there is a very nice square with eight restaurants that open for dinner. Among them we can mention “El Olivo”, “La Mandragora” and “Fondue Lounge”. In the summer big awnings in the form of sails are hung up as to ensure the guest a nice al fresco dining experience. At El Zoco you can chose between Spanish tapas, Argentinian Steaks, Chinese, Italian, modern fusion, fondue and fish & chips.

Calahonda El Zoco Shopping Centre
Calahonda El Zoco Shopping Centre

Close to El Zoco you will find the “Centro Comercial Los Olivos”, at the beginning of the connection road to the AP7 highway. The Los Olivos centre offers a big Supersol supermarket with a fresh fish counter, Para-pharmacy, Scandinavian hairdresser, hand car-wash and the Los Olivos restaurant. The office for the water company and Internet Service Provider Wikiker are also located here.

Following the A7 road towards Marbella you will pass by the “Centro Comercial Calahonda” that hosts the supermarket Mercadona, PC TV Solutions (repairs), the Irish butcher, Beds of Sweden, a Party shop and the Espresso bar, to name a few.

On the west side of Calahonda is the “Centro Comercial Los Cipreses” that hosts a bakery, supermarket, Banco Sabadell, restaurants, pharmacy, hairdressers, LIDL, and Mata lawyers and accountants.

On the Avenida de España which is the main street of Calahonda there is an area with many restaurants, commonly known as “the Strip”. There is a wide choice here which includes, Spanish tapas, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Japanese teppanyaki, fish and chips, noodle bar as well as the ever present Irish Pub “The Harp” where you can meet to watch some sports or play a game of pool.

The Doña Lola complex also have a few restaurants to offer, a popular one is the Italian “Da Vinci” which is well known for its stone oven pizzas. There are also an Indian restaurant, an Argentinian Steak house and Mediterranean and Thai restaurants.

Beach promenade

In 2014 the town hall started building a wonderful beach promenade that spans from La Cala de Mijas to Calahonda, totalling over 7 kilometres. This has been very welcomed among residents and tourists alike. You can now easily access parts of the coastline that was previously hard to get to. Especially Luna Bach and Royal Beach have gained popularity as more people find their way to these quiet and natural beaches. The stretch of coast between el Faro to Calahonda is classified as a marine protection area with abundance of fish and sea life. There are species from booth the Mediterranean and Atlantic living here in a mix not found anywhere else. If you snorkel among the natural lava cliffs you will see shoals of fish, octopus, hermit crabs, and – if you are lucky – the occasional dolphin.

 

Duna Virgen in Calahonda Beach
Duna Virgen in Calahonda Beach

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