Fun fact: Benahavis is a relatively tiny mountain village yet it has 10 golf courses, and this figure is set to increase over the next decade.

Why we love Calahonda

Calahonda is a small coastal neighbourhood situated between two of the Costa del Sol towns of Fuengirola and Marbella, measuring just 600,000 square metres. Developed mainly as a tourist destination, the blueprint seems to have been hugely successful resulting in the Calahonda becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol. The attraction lies in the town’s mix of holiday villas, townhouses and apartments, numerous golf courses and many other leisure facilities, including the beach and nearby marina at Cabopino.

The town’s development is attributed to Don Jose de Orbaneja, who upon arriving on the Costa del Sol in the early 1960s, bought large swathes of land and joined them together and constructed the fort house which marks the entrance to El Sitio de Calahonda. Further investment from other families grew the town, development and utilities were added, followed by businesses, shops and restaurants, and in 2001 it was the recipient of the Barclay’s Bank ‘Best Spanish Urbanisation Award 2001 – 2002’.

What’s it like?
Part of La Cala de Mijas in the municipality of Mijas, Calahonda is extremely popular with overseas visitors, mainly from the UK, offering a home from home in the Spanish sunshine. Essentially self-sufficient, there is a wide choice of accommodation provided by both privately owned and time-share properties spanning from the hillside to the beach. Even though it is highly developed, one of Calahonda’s attractions is its access to green and rustic spaces, including golf courses, campsites and pine forests. Yet, it should be said, if you are looking for a more traditional and authentic taste of Spain, this may not be the right place for you.

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Eating and drinking
Calahonda’s restaurants are abundant and varied, offering dishes from a diverse as English fish and chips, Italian pasta and pizza, Indian, Swiss and of course Spanish cuisine. The restaurants are dotted around the neighbourhood, some in the hills such as El Oceano Beach Club, some in the vicinity of El Zoco commercial centre and others on the beachside. It’s possible to eat a different type of food in a different restaurant every night.

Families visiting Calahonda can rest assured that noise pollution will not be a problem, as the urbanisation’s noise pollution laws deter large night clubs. That said, there is still a choice of smaller more intimate venues in the El Zoco complex, which remains a hub of activity until around 3am. There is always the option of taking a short taxi ride to the marina at Cabopino or 10 minutes up the road in Elviria, you’ll find the world famous Nikki Beach. Across the motorway and adjacent to the El Zoco complex you will find more shops and restaurants, not to mention a gymnasium and other fitness venues.

Calahonda has three main shopping areas; Calypso, El Zoco and Doña Lola, a large beachside complex with tennis, swimming, shops, a restaurant and a bar. Just a 5 minute walk to the east, you’ll find Calypso, which has a selection of useful shops including a tobacconist, internet café, restaurant, bank, hair salon, and a petrol station. El Zoco is probably the most well-known, of Calahonda’s commercial centres and it has the widest choice of the eateries, bars and shops, including Supersol and veterinary clinic and a taxi rank.

Sports and outdoor activities
As you would expect from a popular sunshine holiday destination, Calahonda offers a wide array of outdoor activities, including sailing, water sports, padel and tennis courts – the Klaus Hofsäss Tennis Academy – and of course golf. There is also a good selection of gyms, health clubs, classes and swimming pools.

Golf courses in Calahonda

  • Miraflores Golf Club – 18-hole golf course designed by Falco Nardi, driving range, restaurant & bar La Siesta Golf: Designed by Enrique C Busquet, 9-hole, par 27
  • La Cala Nova Golf – 18 holes, 72 par, 5 minutes from La Cala de Mijas


  • Artola / Cabo Pino beach: Although officially part of Marbella, this beach is extremely close to Calahonda. It is also a nudist beach, with plenty of facilities including sunbeds, umbrellas and spas.
  • Calahonda beach: Located directly opposite the entrance to Sitio de Calahonda, it has ramp access, beach bars, popular with everyone from families to scuba divers and for fishing too.
  • La Luna: A smaller more private beach with its own beach hut and shower facilities.
  • Playa Artola: Widely known as the ‘punto ladrones’ due to the Torre Ladrones watch tower. It is the only beach not to be affiliated with an urbanisation, it is also one of the prettiest and the sand dunes are protected as a natural monument.
  • Puerto Cabopino: Popular day and night; soft sand, lots of restaurants, plenty of parking, toilets, showers, sunbeds and shades.

Here is some useful information about Calahonda to help you make up your mind as to whether this is to place that you would like to relocate or to invest in property.

As a popular expat community, Calahonda is service by a good selection of schools within the local area, both international and Spanish – nursery and secondary schools.

The English International School (EIC)- Approximately 10 minutes by car, is one of the highly regarded and best known international schools on the Costa del Sol.

Las Chapas – Spanish school for girls
Ecos – Spanish school for boys.
Grupo Attendis – Catholic school
Calahonda International College (CIC) – English schools offer GCSE exams.

There is also the option of the state schools located in La Cala de Mijas which provides a free bus service from Calahonda.

Transport links

  • A-7 motorway (toll road): Provides a high speed link with the rest of the Costa del Sol.
  • N-340 coast road: Links all of the towns running the entire length of the coast.
  • Nearest airport Malaga
  • Distance to airport 40 km

Properties in Calahonda

68 Listings
Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Plot: 180 m²

Stunning ground floor apartment in Sotogrande Sotovila. Very large property with a very spacious private garden.
Large separate kitchen that walks out onto the private More info

Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Plot: 180 m² Built: 122 m²
Beds: 2 Baths: 2

Middle Floor Apartment, Sotogrande Costa, Costa del Sol.
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Built 97 m².

Setting : Beachfront.
Orientation : South.
Condition : Good.
Pool More info

Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Built: 97 m²
Beds: 1 Baths: 1

Nice apartment in exclusive zone of Sotogrande, just 15 minutes from Gibraltar, close to the Santa Maria Polo Club and to the best golf courses More info

Beds: 1 Baths: 1 Built: 56 m² Terrace: 4 m²
Beds: 4 Baths: 2

At the western end of Malaga´s Costa del Sol, but actually within the municipality of San Roque in Cadiz Province, is Sotogrande, one of the More info

Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Built: 140 m² Terrace: 20 m²
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Pure luxury – Apartment with private pool overlooking the marina of Sotogrande

An apartment that inspires. All rooms are extremely spacious and comfortably equipped. The More info

Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Built: 114 m² Terrace: 80 m²
Beds: 3 Baths: 2


Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Built: 140 m² Terrace: 15 m²
Beds: 4 Baths: 5

Magnificent apartment in Sotogrande Costa, located in the Urb. Polo Gardens, overlooking the Polo fields. Private access with security 24 hours a day, 365 days More info

Beds: 4 Baths: 5 Built: 385 m²
Beds: 2 Baths: 2

Sotogrande – this apartment impresses with its fantastic location and the comfortable size.

From the large main terrace with more than 50 m², you enjoy More info

Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Built: 113 m² Terrace: 75 m²
Beds: 2 Baths: 2

Big ground floor apartment with a private garden in Sotogrande next to the most popular golf courses.
2 bed 2 bath rooms both en-suite, big More info

Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Built: 121 m² Terrace: 25 m²
Beds: 4 Baths: 5

This dream apartment is located in Sotogrande Alto in the exclusive Urbanizacion Valgrande.
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Beds: 4 Baths: 5 Built: 329 m² Terrace: 114 m²
Beds: 3 Baths: 2

Incredible Apartment in Sotogrande Marina. A beautiful apartment settled in the edge of Sotogrande in front of a luxurious beach complex.

It consists of 3 More info

Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Built: 120 m² Terrace: 30 m²
Beds: 4 Baths: 3

We are pleased to bring to the market this beautiful duplex apartment for sale in Sotogrande Marina. This spectacular apartment consists of: 4 bedrooms 3 More info

Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Built: 200 m² Terrace: 50 m²

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