To attempt to define Calahonda is like trying to define the Costa del Sol itself. Blessed with beautiful weather, straddling the thin strip of land between rugged mountains and the silky shimmer of the Mediterranean and attracting plenty of tourists each year, Calahonda is a firm favourite with families, couples, retirees, golfers and groups of younger holidaymakers. For the prospective homebuyer, Calahonda has just the right balance of Britishness and Spanishness to make it worth investigating, with a wide choice of properties that are reasonably priced and close to Málaga airport.
The Costa del Sol is not one of the most popular tourist and second home destinations in the world for nothing, and what the coast boasts, so does Calahonda. Located in Mijas Costa, between Fuengirola and Marbella, halfway along Málaga Province’s coast, Calahonda’s boundaries are difficult to define. The town area near the coast is actually rather small, yet the urbanisations, golf courses and private residences stretch for miles inland, over some of the region’s most gently undulating terrain. Its geographical makeup has helped Calahonda create a distinct community of expats, drawn from Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and large parts of South America, yet it is the Brits who have stamped their culture most noticeably on the place.
Containing a large number of British and Irish bars, British supermarkets and every kind of British (or at least English-speaking) businesses – including dentists, vets, roofers, cable guys and hairdressers – those looking to take their first tentative steps in another country could be forgiven for choosing somewhere like Calahonda.
After all, not every potential homebuyer or expat is some sort of adventure-hungry Michael Palin, eager to sample all the cultures, flavours and languages of the world. Often, all they seek is somewhere warm, accessible and easy to relocate to – something that Calahonda provides, in abundance. Whether you want to move to Spain for work, to retire, to play golf or simply to enjoy a less stressful lifestyle without relinquishing all you know and hold dear, Calahonda is ideal.