With holidays to Benahavis you get a quiet mountain village with some of the best restaurants in the area – plus glamorous Puerto Banus and Marbella just down on the coast.

Authentically Andalusian

Benahavis, an inland village on Spain’s Costa del Sol, ticks many boxes. Looks wise, it’s all narrow streets and Andalusian whitewashed houses. Then there’s the setting, on the edge of the Guadalmina River with sea and mountain views. It also comes with some of the best restaurants round these parts. And as for connections, you couldn’t be better placed – cocooned in a quiet retreat, yet close to the glitz of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

A beach-packed coast

Benahavis is inland, but about 15 minutes’ drive gets you to the coast, which is studded with sandy Blue Flag beaches offering up the swim-friendly Med and all manner of watersports. The nearest option is the town of San Pedro de Alcantara, which comes with a quartet of beaches – the main one has a promenade with lots of restaurants and food kiosks. Then there’s Puerto Banus and Marbella with their luxe beach clubs.

A natural setting

Nature walks are easy to come by around Benahavis. Right on the doorstep is Las Angosturas gorge, where a network of climbing routes takes you up close to foxes, mountain goats and, if you’re lucky, the rare moflón del atlas deer. And with a panorama of mountains around you, you certainly won’t go short on scenic views.

Daytrips to Ronda

In less than an hour you can be in Ronda, a favourite with Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. The historic city is divided by an impressive 130-metre deep gorge. On one side is the ancient Moorish half, La Cuidad, with its Arab Baths, the San Sebastian Minaret and the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, while the relatively newer part, El Mercadillo, is home to an 18th-century bullring.

At a Glance

  • Strike a pose on Puerto Banus Beach
  • Eat fine Andalusian food
  • See the Moorish sights at Ronda