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Facts

Inhabitants: 5000

Level above sea: 150 meters

Nearest airport: Malaga

Distance to airport: 78 km

Distance to beach: 7 km

Max. temperature: 35 C

Min. temperature: 5 C

Highlights

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

Benahavis restaurant (S)Today, Benahavis is seldom quiet during the tourist season, but the greatest problems are finding a place to park, and choosing a restaurant. If possible, a parking space should be found at the entrance to the village and the tour of its streets undertaken on foot. 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.

Benahavis village (S)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.

There are 7 fabulous golf courses and clubs in Benahavis for all abilities.