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Benahavis is a charming mountain village, situated inland from the coast. With spectacular mountain and sea views, this village provides scenery to admire. Many courses can be reached within a few minutes' drive, making this area the ideal destination for keen golfers. Gastronomy is the pride of the village and it is celebrated for its multitude of fabulous restaurants. Prepare to spend relaxing evenings trying out some delicious local dishes.
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Indulge in a range of different dining options in Benhavis, you can try the local tapas and paella bars or go for a more international food approach. Enjoy restaurants set within the hills for spectacular views and outdoor dining atmospheres.
Benahavis is famous for having many restaurants, often being referred to as the gourmet capital of the Costa del Sol, there is also a number of bars however can be quiet of a night time. if you are looking for something more lively, you are not far from Marbella.
At the heart of the Marbella’s Old Town is the delightful Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square), its charming alfresco restaurants shaded by leafy orange trees. The surrounding buildings are full of character, many dating from the 15th and 16th centuries and with a blend of Arabic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. From here you can wander down numerous cobbled streets to discover dozens of individual boutiques, taps bars and cafés.
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The town’s original church was built in the 18th century but it has since been completely renovated and is now a beautifully simple, modern building with pure white décor and a stunning altarpiece. There’s still a traditional bell tower and the windows, both arched and round, are highlighted in terracotta in the local style.
Monte Mayor Castle
From its spectacular mountain location it’s easy to see why Benahavis’s 11th century Monte Mayor castle was once a vital strategic base during the battles between Arab kings in Andalusia ? on a clear day you can see over 100 kms along the coastline. It was eventually transferred to the hands of the Catholic monarchs Isabel and Ferdinand in 1485 but its ruins, including the Queen’s Tower with a bed chamber and water well, still stand today.
San Pedro de Alcantara
Down on the coast, just a few kilometres from Benahavis, is the lovely town of San Pedro de Alcantara, its newer neighbourhoods built on the coastal side of the main road and the old quarter on the interior side. Make your way through the cobbled old streets and discover tiny boutiques and tapas bars or stroll along the modern promenade, lined with palm trees and beach-front restaurants.
Only half an hour from Benahavis is the exclusive Puerto Banus, playground to Europe’s rich and famous. At its heart is the stunning marina that plays host to some of the world’s most spectacular superyachts, surrounded by designer boutiques, trendy bars and chic restaurants. If you feel like an occasional change of scene from the peace and quiet of Benahavis, the nightlife here is buzzing, with live music and nightclubs rocking until the early hours.
Ocean Club Marbella
At the very heart of the Costa del Sol’s sizzling party scene, Ocean Club Marbella is the place to see and be seen. With the ultimate in contemporary all-white sun beds and a magnificent salt water infinity pool taking centre stage, the club oozes luxury and beachside chic. Famed for its mouthwatering cocktails and champagne spray parties, there’s also a highly regarded restaurant serving a range of exquisite seafood and pan-European delicacies, a VIP zone, massage area, designer boutique and beauty salon. The club occupies a 9,000 square metre spot just next to the marina in the centre of Puerto Banus.
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