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Calahonda – the largest residential area in Mijas Costa and almost a resort in its own right, Calahonda is very popular with holidaymakers and foreign residents. It stretches from the coast (the beach has blue-flag status) to high in the hills, north of the AP-7 toll road.

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. The town was developed by D. Juan de Orbaneja in 1963.

Today, Calahonda is a modern resort with plenty of activities and facilities within the community, or easily accessible if not immediately available in situ.

Calahonda is also home to no less than four golf courses and has endless amenities at residents’ fingertips, including the large El Zoco commercial centre where Keys Property Group office can be found.  There are a number of banks, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and sports clubs in the area, amongst other amenities.

La Ermita

It’s definitely worth walking or driving to the town’s highest point, known as the Hermitage (La Ermita) which is located just past the El Portón complex. From this unassuming little white monument you’ll be able to see for miles on a good day and enjoy some spectacular views along the Costa and across to Gibraltar and North Africa.

Senda Litoral (Coastal Path)

Another recent attraction in the area is the Senda del Litoral. This path is in part a wooden walkway along the coastline where you can enjoy a magnificent stroll. If you don’t feel like walking too much, you can use the Calahonda tourist train that runs through all the urbanisations.

This path also offers different panels with information about the biological diversity of the area. It is a route for everyone, very comfortable and it does not require a great effort. It is part of the plan to link the whole province of Malaga along the coastline; this section we recommend links Calahonda with Cala de Mijas.

Calahonda Park

Finally, there is a nice park easily accessible from the start of the Senda Litoral.  Every year this park hosts the Calahonda Day celebration by the end of June with music, dancing and activities for children. In the park you will find a good place to go for a walk and there is also a playground for children to play.


Calahonda has a lovely long 4km stretch of sandy beach (Torre de Calahonda) with port (Puerto Cabopino) and a number of pretty villas and urbanizations with apartments which back the beach area. There are a number of Chiringuitos (beach bars most of which serve food too) scattered along the beach.

It is an unspoiled beach with lots of vegetation and pine trees. A boardwalk runs along the length of the beach and enters the sea, from where angling enthusiasts gather to fish. It has a wide variety of services, such as sun lounger and sunshade hire.


Without leaving the urbanization, it is possible to visit a big number of shops and have access to a number of services of all sorts. Los Cirpreses and El Campanario, surrounded by a big parking, features services offices, restaurants, coffee shops, terraces, banks, real estate agencies and supermarkets Lidl and

El Zoco is probably the most well-known, of Calahonda’s commercial centres and it has the widest choice of bars and shops, including a supermarket, banks, newsagents, shoe shops, gift shops, cafés, a row of restaurants and quite a few bars and pubs.

The commercial centre, Los Olivos, has a Carrefour Market, bank, café and newsagents


The gastronomy in this part of the Coast is 100% international with influences from all over the. You could eat a different cuisine every night of your holiday!

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. It’s possible to eat a different type of food in a different restaurant every night.

Avenida de España is commonly known as “the strip” and is lined with bars and restaurants with a distinctly international flavour. The El Zoco centre also includes a wide range of excellent restaurants and bars, including Spanish restaurants alongside international favourites and the standard is very high.

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