At the end of a winding road into the hills, you come to the hidden gem that is Benahavis. Here you will find an unspoilt Spanish village.
Past San Pedro de Alcantara, at the Guadalmina golf course, turn off the N340 coast road and drive inland for 7 kilometres and you will come to Benahavis.
Three rivers, each of which forms its own valley, shape the municipality of Benahavis, making it an area of superb valleys and countryside. It is one of the most mountainous areas of the Western Costa del Sol with a richly diverse landscape and some truly admirable places to visit. This charming white village stands 160 metres above sea level.
Although the mass construction on the coast has affected Benahavis to a certain extent, 70% of the municipality has been declared an area of special scientific interest and is therefore protected.
Without doubt, one of the most important aspects of Benahavis today is its cuisine. The village is known as the "dining room of the Costa del Sol" owing to the large number of restaurants of every nationality that flourish in the centre. A gastronomic festival is usually held in June, and on this day restaurants offer the best from their menus at the entrance to the locality.
Benahavis has a thriving artist’s colony and you will find a broad spectrum of work on offer. There are several artists and sculptors of international stature who live in the village centre and exhibit and sell their work here.
The village fair is held from 11 to 15 August. During this time there are well-attended activities culminating with a Rocío mass and a procession.
The first nucleus of a village was formed during the Arabic era. It seems to have been founded in the late eleventh century and in the shadow of the Montemayor castle. This fortress has witnessed the entire history of the village, from the clashes among the Muslims themselves until their confrontations with the Christians. Much later Benahavis was the scene of a struggle between the Spanish and French during the Napoleonic invasion in the early nineteenth century.
For many centuries Benahavis formed part of Marbella until in 1572, after many protests by locals, Philip II granted independence to the municipality.
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