La Cala de Mijas
La Cala de Mijas is only a five minute drive from Calahonda and is still a working fishing village. Located between Fuengirola and Calahonda, La Cala de Mijas is a popular destination for tourists to visit on the Costa del Sol, as this quaint village now has a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops. The beach in La Cala de Mijas is beautiful and during the summer months, there are regular festivals and concerts held on the beach at night. There are three 18 hole golf courses and a rapidly growing commercial centre. Once a small village, La Cala de Mijas is now expanding in size due to demand.
Fuengirola’s position on the Costa del Sol is very central to most main tourist towns – 20 minutes from Malaga airport, 20 minutes from Marbella, 25 minutes from Puerto Banus, 10 minutes from Benalmadena and one hour from Gibraltar. Fuengirola has a beautiful promenade along the beach and in the town centre itself, it has one of the best open air zoos in Europe. For those interested in local crafts, leather, jewellery and souvenirs, the local market held every Saturday is worth a visit. Fuengirola also has a port, where boat trips, fishing trips and scuba diving are widely available. Whether you are young, retired, or a family, the nightlife in Fuengirola has something to suit everyone. There are many different restaurants to sample food, including the world famous fish alley, and the bars and nightclubs stay open until very late.
Marbella and Puerto Banus
Marbella and Puerto Banus are a 10 minute and 20 minute drive respectively, from Calahonda. Located west of Calahonda, the towns can be reached by the coastal N340 road. Marbella has 27 kilometres of coastline so watersports are widely available from the seafront. The Golden Mile, a long straight road connecting Marbella to Puerto Banus has some of the finest restaurants that the Costa del Sol has to offer, and the King of Saudi Arabia’s palace is also located here. Marbella is considered a cosmopolitan town with many famous celebrities choosing to holiday here, and is often compared with Monaco and St Tropez. Puerto Banus is considered just as glitzy with many rich and famous people mooring their large yachts and speedboats in the port. All the boats are a spectacular sight and definitely worth viewing! Also present in abundance around the port are expensive sports cars and boutique shops. Both Marbella and Puerto Banus come alive at night, with restaurants staying open until late, and bars and nightclubs open until the early hours of the following day!