Sitio de Calahonda is the largest property development you will find between Marbella and Fuengirola. In fact, this neighbourhood has grown so successfully that it could qualify as a town. However, residents have been unsuccessful in their attempts to separate it from Mijas, the municipality to which it belongs - and to which they must pay taxes.
Rural flavour and coastal lifestyle are two of Calahonda's most attractive features, because, although the area is developed, its founder was keen on green areas, large plots and limits on apartment buildings. Thus, the area has grown in a generally peaceful and rustic fashion.
While the vast majority of Calahonda's 600,000 square metres is devoted to villas, townhouses and space for four golf courses, selected areas have been dedicated to providing residents with every amenity imaginable. There are, therefore, three commercial centres which house most of the development's 45 restaurants, cafeterias and pubs as well as seven banks, several supermarkets and a wide variety of other businesses including: hardware, furniture, garden supply, travel agencies, car hire, car repair, property management and much more.
Sports are easily incorporated into a Calahonda lifestyle. For starters, there are a total of 10 golf courses within a 10 kilometre radius of this urbanisation, which also has its own port, Cabopino. And, having its own share of coastline, puts a spotlights on a wide array of water sports as well. Tennis courts and a fitness centre are also available to residents.
Health care needs are provided for by a chemist and three medical centres, 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.
There is a nursery school in Calahonda and private primary and secondary schools are located nearby. One of the best known international schools on the coast, the English International School (EIC), is approximately 5 to 10 minutes drive from the urbanisation. Those interested in high quality Spanish schooling for their children can enrol 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.