Go expat in… moving to Sitio de Calahonda
Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to the Costa del Sol’s Sitio de Calahonda
Moving to Sitio de Calahonda: Spain’s sun coast is not just for tourists
Imagine hitting the beach for a post-work dip. Or wearing a T-shirt in winter. Well, when your home’s your old away, this is what happens.
This is the Costa de Sol at its most built-up, with Sitio de Calahonda unable to claim a glorious past as an erstwhile traditional Spanish village. The main N340 separates the Sitio de Calahonda from the beautiful beaches. Your Spanish might not improve given the expat:local ratio, although your German might.
In and out
From the Aeropuerto de Málaga, you can reach Sitio de Calahonda in under half an hour. That is if you take the AP-7. Bear in mind, however, that this is a toll road.
The commute to the English International College can be done in less than eight minutes. This school offers education for children from the ages of three up to 18. Pupils study for GCSE and A levels as this is an educational establishment following the English National Curriculum.
Shop until you drop…
Only if you’re shopping for groceries. The reasons to part with your cash in a Sitio de Calahonda shop are more functional than cosmetic. There are supermarkets in the El Zoco shopping centre, as well as Los Olivos and Los Jarales areas.
Modern apartment blocks if you want to live in touristville. Elsewhere, there are villas adorning the avenues of pretty residential communities.
Pick up a two-bedroom apartment from around €150.000, although top-end villas will go for closer to €3.000.000.
In Praise Of
“Many consider the sprawling residential urbanization of Sitio de Calahonda, reaching from where Marbella meets Mijas, in the west; to La Cala de Mijas, in the east, to be an area filled with expats. But this close-knit community offers so much more. Like long, golden sandy playas and a smattering of beachside restaurants. All in all, Calahonda has had a rough time from critics; but, for residents, it offers convenience, a community spirit, and is centrally located to reach both Marbella and Fuengirola..” Louise Brace (Rental Tonic)
- Are you an expat in Sitio de Calahonda? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
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Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.