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Benahavis is one of the most mountainous villages on the western Costa del Sol. Its name roughly translates into "Son of Havis", the Havis originating from a previous Moorish ruler. The Arabic occupation established a stronghold in Montemayor Castle. Located on the highest mountain in the locality, a steep winding road leads to its prominence in the area. Views of the Costa del Sol, La Serrania de Ronda mountains, and the three rivers sidelined with oak trees daub the topographical landscape below.
There are five beaches within reasonable driving distance to Benahavis. The closest is San Pedro de Alcantera about 7 km away. Local transport and taxi services are limited, so pre-booking and good arrangement would be necessary if you have not got hire car facilities. All five of these beaches are blue flag status, the award for safe, clean beaches. Water sports are also accommodated, at these beaches, such as windsurfing, pedaloes and jet skiing.
The sports that are truly enjoyable are the ones that take into account the panoramic wonder of Benahavis. Hiking and cycling are popular, especially for getting to the less accessible areas. Los Angosturas gorge, which is located at the entrance to the village, has 60 climbing routes you can hook up to. There is a multisports complex that houses tennis, paddle tennis, a gym and a football pitch for use all the year round. In the summer, the swimming pool is also opened for use.
Another sport that takes into account the panoramic wonder is golf. Golf is big in Benahavis; it currently holds 9 of the 60 courses within the Costa del Sol. Their terrains are challenging, and with 320 days of sunshine a year, it is very popular. It is highly recommended to use the buggies and carry lots of balls.
The culture of this area is not just written in its history but also by its cuisine. Benahavis is often called the dining room of Costa del Sol and rightfully so it offers not only a wide range of its local produce but also other restaurants of many other denominations. Their prices range from relatively inexpensive to top market haute cuisine. There are also plenty of bars that can cater too, serving tapas or pizzas.
The easiest way to get to Benahavis is to use a shuttle service or car hire from Malaga airport. It is well advised to book these in advance. Inquire when you book your flight tickets and try to arrange them then.