PAST AND PRESENT
Benahavis is a municipality in the province of Málaga, located in the inland just a few kilometers from Marbella. Its name seems to derive from the Beréber tribe of the Banu Habis, who took possession from these lands.
Later in time the town was conquered by Kings Católicos in 1485, after the fall of Marbella. King Felipe II, would grant in 1572, 'La Carta Puebla' from Benahavís, proclaiming his independence of Marbella.
It is the most mountainous municipality of the Western Costa del Sol. The town conserves some characteristics of its Arab origin in the style of the white houses, that contrast with the colourful mountains that surround it.
- Virgen del Rosario Parochial Church, 18th Century.
- Casa Torre, a particular house located in the Plaza de España, 17th Century.
- Montemayor Castle rests, from where the cost of Africa is seen, was constructed by the Muslims, being a very important military stronghold. It's at the top of a very tall mountain and offers one of the most interesting views of the Costa del Sol. Careful! You have to go up by jeep or by foot!
WHAT TO DO
People who are fond of golf have the opportunity to enjoy some magnificent golf courses along the area. For instance, LA ZAGALETA, or MONTE MAYOR GOLF CLUB. Another option is hiking, a sport you can practise through mountains, vales and streams, or if you prefer fishing and hunting, Benahavis is a very good choice.
If after doing some sports and visiting the town, you long for a drink, the best thing you can do is to have a very cold beer and a 'tapa' in one of the bars in town, like for instance Los Cazadores, Bar Frasquito, or La Bodega el Chico.
You could visit this beautiful town at night too, and enjoy dinner in one of its restaurants, like El Mirador, La Cartuja, Los Abanicos or los Faroles. You’ll have a lot of options to choose from, both in establishments and in typical dishes, since the gastronomic selection is very large.
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