Calahonda is the perfect
combination for a summer holiday
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Photo: Calahonda sunset
CC BY-NC 2.0 Mirco
Calahonda, or Sitio de Calahonda
to give it its full name is a large property development on the Costa del
Sol between Fuengirola and Marbella. While initially just a property development,
Calahonda has grown so much that it could now qualify as a town all on
its own, but to be exact, it is part of La Cala de Mijas on the Mijas Costa.
The residents are predominantly
of English and German nationality and there are many lovely holiday
apartments and villas in the area, perfect for holidaymakers wanting
to be a little independent. To this end, Calahonda offers three commercial
centres offering around 45 cafeterias, pubs and restaurants, several handy
supermarkets and a variety of other small businesses. There is a chemist
on site as well as three medical centres offering 24 hour service in case
of emergencies. Close by and further down the coastal highway, the Costa
de Sol Hospital offers excellent medical facilities.
Calahonda offers the best
of both worlds, with a rural flavour combined with a coastal, beach resort
lifestyle. Between the various properties there are large green areas,
making it an attractive and pretty place to be. Among those green
areas there are, in total, 10 golf courses within a 10 kilometre radius,
making this the perfect destination for the keen golfer.
Photo: Golf – CC BY-NC-ND
For those preferring to stay
in a hotel, the Crown Resorts Complex, which covers five separate sites
and is linked by a free shuttle bus, has plenty to offer. There are
several sports options available, including tennis, squash, volleyball
and mini-golf, as well as spa and swimming pool facilities.
The resorts offer playgrounds
for the children with suitable pools and mini clubs where an entertainment
programme is available.
The beach is across the highway
from the residential area of Calahonda, offering a selection of services
including water sports, beach chiringuitos (restaurants and bars) and a
beautiful stretch of sand, lined with attractive vegetation and a rocky
outcrop. For those keen on fishing and diving, there is a wooden jetty
Photo: Calahonda beach –
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Chris
Within easy reach of Calahonda,
the coastal highway takes visitors for a shopping visit or evening of entertainment
in Marbella in one direction. Drive a little further and visit Estepona,
a charming, typically Spanish seaside town with a fishing and entertainment
marina. Even further will take you to the British enclave of Gibraltar,
great fun for a day out.
Going the other way, Fuengirola
has a lot to offer visitors including the Bioparc Fuengirola. The Mijas
Costa area offers many beach towns as well as the Mijas Water Park with
lots of fun to be had by young and old.
Heading inland, Mijas Pueblo
is a charming white village which is definitely worth exploring during
a holiday in the area, with several interesting museums, shops, restaurants
and pretty streets to explore.
Heading further down the
coast in the same direction, a visit to Malaga city is an ideal day out
with plenty to see and do, including museums, art galleries, shopping centres
and so much more.
Try Calahonda for your next
holiday and have a great time on the Costa del Sol.
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