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Playa de Calahonda

Mijas, Costa del Sol

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This is one of the longest beaches on the Costa del Sol. Playa de Calahonda extends east from Marbella for around 4.5 kilometres and its width varies greatly. An elevated boardwalk runs alongside large parts of it and serves as a beach promenade. Numerous elaborately designed resorts and holiday complexes border it directly and the beach restaurants offer a wide range of food and drinks. These chiringuitos also hire out sun loungers, some with service right on the beach.

Playa de Calahonda - long, relaxed sandy beach, narrow in places

One of the longest beaches on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia is Playa de Calahonda. It extends from the little harbour of Puerto Cabopino in the eastern suburbs of Marbella, past the town of Calahonda and beyond the old tower at Punta de la Torre Nueva, where it merges into the neighbouring beach of Playa del Bombo. The area around Playa de Calahonda is part of the municipality of Mijas. The beach, which consists of fine, brown-grey sand, is around 4.5 kilometres long and an elevated boardwalk, which serves as a beach promenade, runs along large parts of it.

Playa de Calahonda beach runs close to the coastal motorway between Marbella and Málaga, from which it can be reached quickly via several access roads. Coming from the Calahonda exit, there is also a wheelchair accessible entrance at Royal Beach chiringuito. From here the walkway extends in both directions, although not along the entire length of the beach. A number of hotels and apartment complexes lie alongside the beach, mostly with white buildings and beautifully designed, spaciously laid out green areas with pools. Only in a few sections, mainly in the west, do some of the buildings become more cramped, taller and less elegant.

The number of visitors on the beach increases around the chiringuitos (beach restaurants), which also hire out loungers here. There is a rich variety of food and drinks, mostly fish grilled in the open air and delicious cocktails, and sometimes music as well. A few of the establishments organise regular open-air parties. In these sections bathers are generally monitored by lifeguards and there are public showers and toilets. In some places you can also hire pedal boats and kayaks and there are two spots with water play areas with a trampoline, a climbing wall and slides. Along the promenade there is also fitness equipment and a volleyball court. The boardwalk provides a nice trail for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Away from the chiringuitos, beach clubs and restaurants, the areas in between are quieter. You will find more space to spread out here, where the beach gets narrower, and more privacy when swimming and sunbathing. Because the area is cleaned less, there are also more natural residues - mainly dried seaweed in the sand, which doesn't get in the way when bathing.

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Playa de Calahonda is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 6/10 points
Place 24 of 85
At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 9/10 points
Place 20 of 85
At this beach you will find everything you need to spend an enjoyable day with the family.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 40 of 85
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 47 of 85
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
5/10
Ease
6/10
Beauty
5/10
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5/10
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2/10
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Chiringuito El Juncal

Offer: Food, Drinks, Sun-loungers, Massage

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

www.facebook.com/chiringuitoeljuncal
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Chiringuito Royal Beach

Offer: Food, Drinks, Sun-loungers, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Low

www.chiringuitoroyalbeach.com
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Chiringuito El Realejo

Offer: Food, Drinks, Sun-loungers

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Normal

www.facebook.com/ChiringuitoElRealejo
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CostaWaterPark Mijas-Costa
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geo coordinates: 36.485225, -4.739353
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