The custom-built holiday resort is a mix of villas, townhouses, hotels and apartments, where life centres around its sandy beach. The British element tends to override the Spanish here – with ‘traditional’ British pubs and Irish bars very much in evidence. Food-wise, there’s a good choice of restaurants, cafes and pubs in Calahonda itself, plus only 20 minutes from Marbella, Fuengirola and Mijas. The Cabopino Marina and harbour are also nearby, with excellent fish restaurants, and many little plazas behind the marina itself. Next door, there’s a water sports hotspot too, with banana boats, jet skis and para-gliding, where you can hire a boat or go dolphin watching.
Calahonda has a road-train that acts as the local bus service, and runs for most of the year. A miniature 'steam train' pulls several carriages along the road, circulating twice an hour around the main streets of Calahonda from Los Cipresses to Los Olivos commercial areas, stopping at The Strip, Los Jarales and El Zoco; perfect for a lazy holiday. On the return journey it goes via Lidl which is useful for stocking your villa with the basics. The drivers are generally friendly and helpful, and a request stop is not out of the question if you ask nicely!
Between Calahonda and La Cala, next to the Playa Marina complex is a rocky beach called El Cabo Rocoso. This beach is a bit quieter that others in the area, perhaps because of the underwater rocks, but it is the perfect place for snorkelling and also good for surfing. There are places to hire your water sports equipment, sun loungers and parasols, and chiringuitos to refresh you with a plate of sardines or paella and a cold beer after your exertions.
Calahonda is great for a sporty holiday, especially tennis and golf. The Club del Sol has great facilities with its clay and plexi-cushion tennis courts, squash courts and gym. There’s also La Siesta Golf Club, a 9-hole, par-3 golf course with a driving range, bar and restaurant. Cabopino Golf Club is pretty special, with magnificent views of the mountains and sea - on a clear day you can glimpse Morocco across the water! It has a wonderfully scenic 18-hole course with lakes and a pine backdrop as well as a bar, restaurant and grass driving range. If these do not suit you, amazingly there are over forty more courses within a short drive of the town!'