Benahavis

The majestic Montemayor, standing proud over the village of Benahavis © Michelle Chaplow
The majestic Montemayor, standing proud over the village of Benahavis.

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Benahavis

To many Andalucíans, native and expatriate alike, Benahavis is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration of high class restaurants in the region and draws visitors by the thousand who come simply to savour the cuisine.

Benahavis is an attracts and convenient location for property owners due to its beauty and close proximity to Marbella, Puerto Banus and Málaga.The village has a deep history dating back to the… More →

Benahavis attracts a vast number of tourists during the summer season due to its beauty and close proximity to Marbella, Puerto Banus and Málaga.The town has a deep history dating back to the… More →

Benahavis attracts a vast number of tourists during the summer season due to its beauty and close proximity to Marbella, Puerto Banus and Málaga.The town has a deep history dating back to the… More →

Known for its excellent gastronomy and wide range of high-quality restaurants, as well as its grand selection of quality golf courses, unsurprisingly Benahavis attracts a vast number of tourists… More →

The Guadalmina River begins near Igualeja, in the Sierra Bermeja of the Serrania de Ronda and flows into the sea 28km later at Guadalmina Beach in San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, Malaga. The… More →

In Benahavis there are plenty of fun, challenging and prestigious golf courses that both novices and professionals can enjoy: La Zagaleta Club de Campo, Los Barrancos, Los Arqueros, Los Flamingos… More →

Benahavis is renowned for its gastronomy. Known as ´La Sartén de Andalucía´ (the frying pan of Andalucía), Benahavis is home to a wide variety of restaurants serving the very best of traditional,… More →

It also has an extremely high percentage of resident expatriates who have found its situation and ambience irresistible.

In spite of this, it has remained remarkably unspoiled, with winding narrow streets ill-suited to the motor car, and a picturesqueness which almost makes it seem like a specially-created film set.

It stands 500 metres above sea level, 7 kilometres inland from the Guadalmina Golf Course, and is reached by driving through the rio Guadalmina gorge up into the hills.

Its Moorish heritage is emphasised by the existence nearby of the ruined 11th Century castle of Montemayor.

As its name implies, this Arab stronghold squats on top of the highest mountain in the locality, and anyone wishing to make the climb to visit the ruins and experience the truly sensational views of the coastline should be prepared for a strenuous but rewarding effort.

 

 

Torre Estoril. © Michelle Chaplow
Torre Estoril. © Michelle Chaplow

The strife and tension of the Moorish age, in which Montemayor played a prominent part, is long gone.

Today, Benahavis is seldom quiet during the tourist season, but the greatest problems are finding a place to park, and choosing a restaurant.

Even the old stone Arab walls around the town hall have been converted into one.

A notable feature of the village is La Aldea. Almost a village within a village, La Aldea was the brainchild of the British sculptor, David Marshall, whose gallery is one of its main features however there are other art galleries in Benahavis.

Though largely a recent creation, determined efforts have been made to make this enclave even more Andalucían than Benahavis itself, with marble fountains, antiques and old-fashioned doors and grilles.

Golf in Benahavís. © Michelle Chaplow
Golf in Benahavís. © Michelle Chaplow

There are 7 fabulous golf courses and clubs in Benahavis for all abilities and they are all featured on our Benahavis Golf page.

Inevitably, Benahavis is growing quickly. On its outskirts new urbanisations are springing up like mould forming rapidly on an over-ripe peach.

But this is not being allowed to attack the old village, and the visitor who remains steadfastly at its centre, as most do, might almost be unaware of their existence.

If possible, a parking space should be found at the entrance to the village and the tour of its streets undertaken on foot.

All too often this is easier said than done, and the best alternative is to drive carefully to the Restaurante Los Faroles on calle Málaga, beside which an enterprising villager has turned a rare spot of unused land into a welcome and cheap car park.

It should not be assumed that restaurants are the only eating places in Benahavis. For those not ready for a heavy lunch there are numerous bars serving excellent tapas and even a small pizzeria.

Restaurant. © Michelle Chaplow
Restaurant. © Michelle Chaplow

But its restaurants are its glory, and it celebrates the fact by describing itself on the road signs that guide you there as the gastronomic corner of Andalucía. If you plan to go there, breakfast lightly.

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