This coastal area provides beautiful sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean and on a clear day, you can see Gibraltar from here. The lively main ‘strip’ in Calahonda has a very British feel to it, with plentiful bars and restaurants. The area also offers golf and shopping, particularly in the El Zoco centre. For a more traditional Spanish experience, Puerto Capobino, a beautiful port, offers delightful seafood restaurants, just a few minutes' drive from Calahonda. The busy resort of Marbella, with all of it's glamour, can also be found within a 15 minute drive.
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Calahonda boasts a fabulous variety of all styles of dining, from laid back tapas bars to charming fine dining restaurants. A great place for all the family with a complete contrasts of cuisines from Spanish, Italian, Chinese, British.. the list goes on!
The area of El Zoco is full of life with many different bars, restaurants, and clubs to choose from with music until the early hours. Just behind this is an area known as the strip where you will find more cocktail bars and stylish clubs.
Located just a couple of kilometres along the road from Calahonda is Puerto Cabopino, which has a reputation for being the most secluded and picturesque port on the Costa del Sol and is a popular venue for tourists .It is perfect for enjoying a good meal before taking a walk along its beautiful beaches.
Funny Beach Marbella
Far more than a go-karting venue, Funny Beach is the ideal venue for lovers of speed, adrenaline and sheer fun. As well as go-karting both for adults and kids, there are trampolines, bumper boats and electric vehicles, not to mention an array of water sports and a beach club in the summer months. It’s located right on the beach towards Marbella.
Located just 500 metres from the beach at nearby Elviria, this superb adventure park is just the ticket for anyone up for a challenge. You’ll find six amazing forest adventure circuits, complete with zipwires, rope ladders and climbing walls at various levels to suit all ages and levels of fitness. Safety harnesses are provided, along with plenty of advice and encouragement from the park staff and your entrance ticket offers three hours on the circuits of your choice.
Representing a new concept of zoo, the Bioparc emphasises respect for nature and the preservation of species by recreating the natural habitats from various eco-systems around the world and encouraging the animals to live side-by-side. It’s known as an ‘immersion zoo’ where visitors can take a guided walk right through tropical woodland and discover the interaction between animals as well as learning about the environment. Open daily throughout the year, the park is in the centre of Fuengirola, just 15 minutes’ drive east from Calahonda.
Parque Aquatico Mijas
The largest water park on the Costa del Sol, Aquamijas is designed for pure fun in the sun, with a huge variety of pools offering everything from rolling waves to relaxing lagoons. There are waterslides of every shape and size to suit thrill-seekers of all ages as well as plenty of sunbathing areas, a bar and a restaurant. The park is generally open from May to September.
Not your typical water park, Aqua Arena is in fact a huge inflatable assault course moored in the sea at Golden Beach, Elviria, during the summer months. Fabulous, supervised fun for children and adults alike, the course offers a chance to challenge friends and family to leap, bounce, slide and splash your way to the finish. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult and sessions last an hour.
At the heart of nearby Marbella’s Old Town is the delightful Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square), its charming alfresco restaurants shaded by leafy orange trees. The surrounding buildings are full of character, many dating from the 15th and 16th centuries and with a blend of Arabic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. From here you can wander down numerous cobbled streets to discover dozens of individual boutiques, taps bars and cafés.
Often overlooked in favour of its more widely known neighbours Marbella and Puerto Banus, the tiny harbour of Puerto Cabopino is a picturesque spot for lunch or supper, flanked by golden beaches and pine forests. There are some excellent bars and restaurants to choose from, not to mention chic yachts and speedboats to admire.
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