Benahavis Villa Holiday Guide

The rustic village of Benahavis is picture perfect, with its traditional whitewashed houses, narrow streets and plenty of peace and quiet - disturbed only in the evenings when tourists flock to dine at the village's many restaurants. It offers a complete contrast from the busy coastal resorts, yet is within easy reach of beach life at Estepona and Malaga as well as the retail outlets of Marbella.

Located just 10km inland from coastal San Pedro de Alcantara, this much sought after location is currently growing fast. An area of the village called La Aldea - created by British Sculptor David Marshall and packed with replica Andalucian-style fountains and antiquities - attracts many tourists, as do the ruins of the 11th century castle, set high on a local hill and offering some breathtaking views.

Keen golfers will not be disappointed with Guadalmina Golf - located close to the village - and there are many other golfing options nearby - 15 of the 70 courses on the Costa del Sol. There are also plenty of green spaces for hikers and walkers to explore as well as lots of historic attractions towards neighbouring Estepona.

Benahavis doesn't offer much in the way of shopping outside necessities, but it has become something of a Mecca for foodies as it's known as the dining room of the Costa del Sol. A large number of high quality restaurants have given the village the reputation of having the best dining in the Costa del Sol! Cars pack out all the available village parking in peak tourist season, with their occupants filling the range of local restaurants that cater to a wide variety of budgets and styles.

Evenings in the village are relaxed and a world away from the bars and clubs of nearby Marbella. A halfway option would be neighbouring Estepona, which is relatively quiet with a couple of nightclubs close to its marina.

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