Calahonda on the Costa del Sol

Information about Calahonda, including the main tourist attractions, local pastimes, history, geography and important telephone numbers...

Calahonda is an urbanisation (housing development), established in the 1960s, which has grown so large that it now nearly qualifies as a town. It is located between Fuengirola and Marbella, within the Municipality of Mijas. The town is a 5 Km walk under or over the motorway from the beach (the nearest is at Puerto Cabopino) and has a very large British population.

Local life

There are a few shopping centres in Calahonda. Across the motorway from the beach is Dona Lola, a large complex with a row of bars and restaurants, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and a park.

Situated on the east side of Calahonda is Calypso, home to residents of many different nationalities. There are bakeries, a betting shop, banks and restaurants. There is also a night club situated behind the Cepsa petrol station, a tobacconist, Internet café, and restaurants.

The commercial centre, Los Olivos, has a supermarket, bank, café, newsagents and travel agent.

Just down the road is a commercial centre, El Zoco, with a supermarket, banks, newsagents, shoe shops, gift shops, English cafés, a row of restaurants and quite a few bars and pubs.

Across the road from El Zoco are more shops, including an English shop, a supermarket, bars, gift shops, restaurants, a veterinary clinic and a taxi rank.

Leisure Activities In and Around Calahonda

Calahonda is a popular vacation destination mainly for the numerous golf courses in the region.

As Calahonda is an enormous planned development, it has many amenities, including tennis, swimming pools and fitness centres. Water sports are popular at the nearby beach Puerto Cabopino. The Calahonda and Dona Lola beach is fairly rocky by the sea. There are a few places that rent out sun beds and parasols.

Calahonda Information and Contacts

Service Contact
Mijas Ayuntamiento (town hall)
At: Plaza Virgen de la Peña, s/n, 29650 Mijas (Málaga)
Tel: 952 485 900
/ 952 589 000
Oficina de Turismo (tourist office)
At: Plaza Virgen de la Peña, s/n, 29650 Mijas (Málaga)
Tel: 952 589 034
Fax: 952 589 035
Policía Local (municipal police) Tel: 092