Set in the tranquil hills, but still just a stones throw away from San Pedro de Alcantara and Puerto Banus, Benahavis is a charming white washed village, home to a thriving community of both expats and local residents. A destination which is both tranquil, yet filled with fabulous restaurants of all kinds, it´s no wonder the village of Benahavis is top on the list of most wanted property in the Marbella area. The village itself is home to a thriving community of artisans, mainly painters and chefs and in addition to the quaint art galleries and craft shops, Benahavís boasts an incredible gastronomical experience – from home made pizza restaurants to mouth watering grillhouses and tapas tavernas. Dining out in town is a gastronomic pleasure, especially on a balmy summer evening of dining al fresco, beneath a star studded sky.
The more recent developments on the outskirts of the village, comprise of modern apartment complexes, hotels and stunning countryside which are perfect for a leisurely stroll on a weekend; this is where an ever growing number of expats are moving into and taking advantage of the quick access down the Benahavis road to the coast. In the heart of the village, which tourists come to visit year round, where most of the bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries are to be found. There is also the old residential area, where the local Spaniards live, as well as those who seek out a holiday home in beautifully kept villas and townhouses,with delightful gardens and gorgeous views.
By day the village is a tranquil, sleepy place. The popular pavement cafes and restaurant are frequented by locals having a drink in their siesta hours and this is the ideal time to explore the cobbled streets of Benahavis and experience what local life by day is like. In the evening, things liven up- not just in the summer, but year round and you will see the streets bustling with restaurant patios filled with visitors wanting to try the infamous shoulder of lamb, or grilled meat that many restaurants in the village have to offer.
Over recent years, we have seen property prices in Benahavis steadily increasing as the area becomes more popular with buyers seeking out the Spanish village charmed, blended with a cosmopolitan expat atmosphere. Most holiday home buyers come to Benahavis to invest in their ideal holiday home- be it a rustic townhouse, or a modern apartment with breathtaking views over the Spanish countryside, it can all be found nestled amongst the picturesque pedestrian streets of this quaint hilltop village, that boasts the extra advantage of being only 7 kilometres from the coast. This means that there´s only a short drive between the village and the 100 kilometres of golden Costa del Sol beaches. In fact Benahavís boasts of many sea views and on a very clear day you can even see the mountain ranges of Morocco in the distance.