Benahavís

A picture postcard mountain village overlooking the Guadalmina river, Benahavís is just a few minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús, tucked away just 7km inland and known locally as the “Rincón de la Gastronomia” – the dining room of the Costa del Sol, with some of the best restaurants in the region. Benahavís is located between two of the main Spanish airports serving the Costa del Sol, Málaga Airport and Gibraltar Airport (although officially on British territory, it is still often referred to as a Spanish airport).

Whether you live in the village or in one of the luxurious developments on the outskirts, you’ll enjoy a privileged lifestyle in Benahavís, where you can experience all that traditional Spain has to offer and still take advantage of the Costa del Sol’s 21st century facilities.

Benahavís is in a perfect position, equidistant between the international airports of Málaga and Gibraltar and close to fast road connections. It’s a small traditional Spanish pueblo, a favourite with artists, many of whom live in the village and exhibit their work there. The village retains its attractive original Moorish layout with narrow cobbled streets and has plenty of little shops and some interesting galleries. The name Benahavís comes from the Arab words meaning son of (Ben) Havis, who was an 11th century Moorish prince. Eating in the village is pure joy for foodies, with an enormous range of restaurants of all nationalities and cooking styles to choose from. Dine out under the stars in the beautiful plaza and enjoy local specialities, such as succulent roasted meats, particularly lamb and suckling pig. In June, one of Benahavís’ most important festivals takes place, naturally enough a gastronomic festival, when the restaurants offer samples of the best of their menus at the entrance to the village.

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