The village is located at 5 meters above sea level and has 1684 inhabitants (2013). This small village belongs to the municipalliy Motril. Calahonda was established around its port. The main tracks are from the XIX century. However, it also has previous monuments. The watchtower Zambullón has been built on a vertical cliff near the road to Castell de Ferro. The tower dates from the sixteenth century and its mission was to protect the mouth of the harbor from pirates. It also served to monitor the beach of La Rijana, crossing its fire with the Llano de Carchuna to the west and Fort Castell to the east. La cueva Bigotes, a cave located inland, near the cemetery, is an element that previously was thought of Arab origin, although it should be dated to the time of the French Revolution. Used by a men from Motril known as "Bigotes" in order to hide from the invading troops after their acts of sabotage against the French.

The beach of Calahonda
The beach of Calahonda

Points of Interest in Calahonda


A view on Calahonda
A view on Calahonda

Festivities in Calahonda

  • On the 23rd and 24th of June San Juan is celebrated with activities on the beach;
  • At the end of July / beginning of August the festivities in honor of the patron la Virgen del Carmen y San Joaquín are celebrated.
The watchtower Zambullón in Calahonda
The watchtower Zambullón in Calahonda

Photo Gallery Calahonda

Basic Information

Calahonda (36°42′03″N 3°24′58″O)

Altitude: 5 meters

Population: 1684 (2013)



Distance to Granada: 82 km

Distance to the beach: 0 km

Distance to Airport Malaga: 117 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 96 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


  • Supermarkets: yes
  • Banks: 
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Bars: yes
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