Benahavis, the Costa del Sol’s Hidden Gem
Only a short drive from Marbella, the village of Benahavis is one of the Costa del Sol’s white washed villages, and truly a hidden gem. The village just happens to be one of the richest municipalities in Spain. This is thanks to a large number of high-end developments that surround this beautiful village. You’ll find luxury golf resorts like La Quinta and the world famous La Zagaleta, a very exclusive gated estate which is home to many celebrities and high profile politicians. The village of Benahavis is small, and has a population of around 7500, but the municipality itself is rather large. But what makes Benahavis village truly special is its surroundings, which includes the famous river walk, wooded valleys and numerous mountain ranges.
Benahavis’ Chill Factor
In the summer time, the population practically doubles in Benahavis. The village attracts a diverse range of tourists, but it is most popular amongst the young. Those looking for adventure, hiking, biking and swimming flock to Benahavis simply because it provides the perfect combination of all sporting trips. One of the most popular attractions of the village is the Guadalmina River Walk – even the locals make their way into the village during the hot summer months to cool off in the river, or join the hundreds swimming and walking the river bed for over 1km. More attractions include the lovely Parque Torre Leoneras park at the south end of the village, which contains the ruins of a medieval tower and large lake. The Montemayor Castle, built in the 10th century, is mostly ruined but still has several sections of the walls and the Queen’s Tower intact. Views of the Costa del Sol from here are stunning.
We’re not being bias nor are we exaggerating, there are few places on the Costa del Sol that enjoy such uninterrupted views of mountains, woodlands and rivers. In the village itself you will find well-kept narrow streets and squares, flanked by traditional Andalusian whitewashed houses. On Sunday’s you will find one of the most popular markets on the coast, with its car boot sale stalls that attract buyers and sellers from all over the coast, making it a great Sunday morning activity. The Guadalmina River provides great canyoning opportunities – making your way down the river through waterfalls and plunge pools ranks as one of the top adventure activities on the Costa del Sol. There’s also a lovely river walk that takes you across a spectacular bridge and along a traditional Moorish irrigation channel.
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