Sitio de Calahonda is the largest property development you will find between Marbella and Fuengirola, the town is rustic in style with limited high rise buildings and lots of green areas. In fact, this neighborhood has grown so successfully that it could qualify as a town.
Whilst the vast majority of Calahonda’s 600,000 square meters is devoted to villas, townhouses and apartments, selected areas have been dedicated to providing residents with every amenity imaginable. There are 4 main commercial centers with shops, restaurants , bars and banks , amongst a wide variety of other businesses including: hardware, furniture, garden supply, travel agencies, car hire, car repair, property management and much more, there are tennis courts, a fitness centre, a marina (Cabopino) and a range of water sports. Not to forget the golf courses.
Health care needs are provided for by a chemist and three medical centers, offering 24 hour service. Furthermore, the state-funded Hospital Costa del Sol is well known as the Coast’s state-of-the-art medical facility and is just minutes from Calahonda.
Private primary and secondary schools are located nearby, as well as nurseries. One of the best known international schools on the coast, the English International School (EIC), is approximately 5 to 10 minutes drive from the urbanization. Those interested in high quality Spanish schooling for their children can enroll girls in Las Chapas and boys in Ecos, private Catholic schools run by the Grupo Atendis, which are located just off the N-340 on the way to Marbella. State-funded schooling is available in La Cala de Mijas, where schools provide free bus service to students coming from Calahonda.
The Costa del Sol has the best climate in the whole of Europe, with an incredible 325 days of sunshine each year, which is called their micro climate. It is not unusual to be sitting in glorious sunshine in the winter months, while the rest of Europe shivers under a cloud of rain. Just imagine relaxing on your own private terrace or next to your swimming pool with a sangria in your hand, your friends nearby and your partner or children all having the time of their lives…
Buying in Calahonda also makes good business sense. A sunny climate means that investing in property on the Costa del Sol will always be a good financial proposition.
The activities available on the Costa del Sol are overwhelming. Boasting some of the cleanest stretches of coast anywhere in Europe encourages an excellent beach life and is a big draw for many people on the Costa del Sol, some beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag of merit. The Costa del Sol also promotes great gastronomic delights with many beach restaurants, bars and clubs for those of you who like to party into the night.
For those who like to delve into more sporting activities there’s waterskiing, yacht trips, adventure parks, tennis, quad-biking and even skiing (crazy but true, skiing is just a two hour drive away in the Sierra Nevada mountains). And last but not least…..Golf. It’s no co-incidence that the Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf, with some of the world’s premier championships having being held here over the years, including the 1997 Ryder Cup, the World Golf Championships in 2000, and the Volvo Masters held every year.
Those of you who enjoy a shopping trip or simply window shopping then you will be very satisfied on the Costa del Sol, the choice of hyper markets, cobbled streets and designer boutiques is extensive. The Costa del Sol also has several cinema complexes showing English films with subtitles in Spanish, ten-pin bowling, aqua parks, a modern efficient health service, and top quality international schools.
In summary, the Costa del Sol is for people who like the finer things in life and who enjoy the best that life can offer. Or, if you are the quiet type, you can just ignore all that, sit back, relax and take in the peace and quiet surrounded by nature. The Costa del Sol has numerous protected wildlife parks and natural parks that are to be enjoyed and display the true inland Andalucia.
Flying to southern Spain is now easier than ever, there are several low-cost airlines that fly from all major international airports competing for business to Malaga International Airport. The motorway toll road (E15) has been upgraded and now provides a fast efficient connection to any area along the coast. There is also a new high speed rail link between Malaga and Madrid. Spain has caught up with the rapid growth of internet and is now providing more high speed internet lines and cheap telephone rates – all these reasons make Spain a very good access point for the whole of Europe.
Local hotspots include famous places like Malaga, the capital, and the upmarket Marbella. Lesser know destinations include the whitewashed village of Mijas and the picturesque Ronda.
Marbella has been the chic-est spot on the Costa del Sol since a wealthy playboy transformed his luxurious seaside house into the select Marbella Club in the 1950s. Now the town is famous for its “Golden Mile” with its luxury hotels, gardens and the residences of aristocrats, society gadabouts and successful business people. Visitors enjoy strolling the streets grouped around Orange Square and gathering at Puerto Banús to see the luxury yachts and sailboats anchor. Upscale bars, sidewalk cafes and gourmet restaurants around.