Benahavis is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration
of high class restaurants in the region and draws visitors
by the thousand who come simply to savour the cuisine.
It also has an extremely high percentage of resident expatriates
who have found its situation and ambience irresistible.
In spite of this, it has remained remarkably unspoiled,
with its picturesque narrow streets.
Its Moorish heritage is emphasised by the existence nearby
of the ruined 11th Century castle of Montemayor and anyone
wishing to make the climb to visit the ruins and experience
the truly sensational views of the coastline should be prepared
for a strenuous but rewarding effort.
Benahavis is seldom quiet during the tourist season, but
the greatest problems are finding a place to park and choosing
a restaurant form the huge selection on offer. Even the
old stone Arab walls around the town hall have been converted
Parking should be found at the entrance to the Village
and the tour of its streets undertaken on foot. There are
numerous bars serving excellent tapas and even a small pizzeria.
Its restaurants are its glory, and it celebrates the fact
by describing itself on the road signs that guide you there
as the gastronomic corner of Andalucia. If you plan to go
there, breakfast lightly.
There is very little development in the Village itself
but the surrounding areas host new urbanisations most of
which keep the Andalucian theme.
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