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Benahavis is one of the most beautiful mountain villages on the Costa del Sol. It is located seven kilometres from the coast on the southern slopes of La Sierrania de Ronda. It is an upmarket village with a population of less than three thousand people, and is renowned for its golf courses and wonderful cuisine. Benahavis lies in an area of great natural beauty with many sites of historical interest and a number of excellent golf courses. A Benahavis holiday offers peace and relaxation in a delightful location.
Benahavis is a favourite haunt of golfers having a choice of excellent courses. It has a very long season golfing season with hot summers and mild winters. If you are looking for a tranquil holiday in an area of great natural beauty as well as historical interest, away from the hordes who visit the coastal region of the Costa del Sol, book a Benahavis holiday and you will not be disappointed.
A Benahavis holiday appeals to couples of all ages and is particularly popular with golfers and hill walkers. As it lies only seven kilometres from the coast it is an ideal base for those who wish to combine days at the beach with the beauty and tranquillity of a typical mountain village.
A Benahavis holiday can be taken at any time of year as the summers are long and hot and the winters mild. The most popular time to visit is during the main summer season but Benahavis is a popular place to go in order to escape the damp, dark and dreary days of a British winter.
Benahavis is a very picturesque village a short distance inland from the Costa del Sol, on the slopes of an impressive mountain range and overlooking the River Guadalmina. It is an upmarket retreat offering excellent accommodation and has a reputation as the gastronomic centre of Andalucía. Benahavis has had a long history evidence of which is seen in the Montemayor Castle which dominates the skyline. Built by the Moors in the eleventh century it serves as a reminder of the village’s diverse cultural heritage.
The local people are proud of their beautiful village and new developments are in keeping with the traditional architecture of the region. This is especially true of La Aldea with its marble fountains and old-fashioned window grills and door furniture.
The village with its narrow, winding, cobbled streets delights the eye at every turn. Flowers and trailing plants cascade from balconies and blossoming pots are everywhere. There are a few small shops and a very large number of restaurants renowned for the quality of their cuisine.
Golfers have a choice of courses in the area and there are many picturesque trails for walkers. There are many stunning sights in the region and in order to make the most of your holiday, car hire is recommended.
Benahavis nightlife is fairly low key with evenings spent wandering the pretty winding streets, enjoying refreshments in the many pavement bars and cafes. Most visitors spend their evenings in one of the many wonderful restaurants lingering over gastronomic delights in the company of friends. Those who wish for an occasional lively night can make the short journey to the coastal resorts where the evening entertainment continues until the early hours of the morning.
Benahavis shopping is fairly limited with minimarkets supplying holiday essentials and the usual gift shops for your holiday mementoes. San Pedro, only ten minutes away, has a weekly market. Being close to Marbella, visitors can benefit from the vast number of elegant boutiques and specialist shops that are found in the old town and in the Golden Mile.
Benahavis is renowned for its range of wonderful restaurants providing a wide variety of excellent food. While many of the restaurants serve traditional fare, there are also a good number serving international cuisine. A good way to try Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home.
Children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.
Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive.