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Go expat in… moving to Sitio de Calahonda

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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.

Property types
Modern apartment blocks if you want to live in touristville. Elsewhere, there are villas adorning the avenues of pretty residential communities.

Market watch
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.

About your questions…

Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.

5 Responses to Go expat in… moving to Sitio de Calahonda

  1. Daniela Nicklin July 22, 2015 at 10:43 pm


    I’m Daniela from Chile but I have lived in Englad for the last seven years with my English husband. We love Spain and our dream is to leave England and start enjoying the Spanish life. We did think to do it a while ago but then we realised that the economy there wasn’t good enough in order to get a good job. I was wondering if you know of any good website or any tips about jobs for English speakers (my husband doesn’t speak Spanish) I’m bilingual though and I work in a school as a Learning support assistant. I would appreciate any information you could share with us and thanks for all the useful information you’ve got on your website.

    Muchas gracias

  2. PHILIP HOLMAN July 23, 2015 at 2:14 am

    In you short article about moving to Calahonda you totally missed one of its biggest, best, and most recent attraction, namely the new amazing beach walkway going all the way to La Cala, and eventually from Estapona to Nerja!!

  3. Matthew Hirtes
    Matthew Hirtes July 24, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for your tip, Philip! Look out for Louise enjoying a paseo along this promenade.

  4. Matthew Hirtes
    Matthew Hirtes July 24, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Hi Daniela, Many thanks for getting in touch. It really depends on which area you’re looking to relocate to. If it’s Sitio de Calahonda, for example, Louise Brace is your go-to girl. If it’s the Canary Islands, say, Matthew Hirtes is your go-to guy. Although Alan Gandy and Elle Draper are the Lanzarote experts.

  5. Angela February 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    How is the medical care there? Do the doctors speak English?
    Do you need a car to get around?

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