Cozy bar and tapa restaurant opposite the church, serving excellent tapas and portions. They also serve breakfast from 10AM.
Large terrace on the street and patio in the back of the restaurant to enjoy summer days and a pair of sofas which are placed in front of the fire place, making this an outstanding place on colder days.
Plaza de la Iglesia, 3
Tel : +34 686 910 230
A landmark in Benahavis, you might to have to wait for a table outside. Excellent hot and cold tapas served by Chico and Antonia, the welcoming hosts.
Chico also serves the meanest Gin & Tonics on the Coast.
And if you want a special dish, just call Cico one day before, he will prepare it for you. He was also a chef at the Kashoggi mansion ( what is now La Zagaleta ) so you certainly will not be disappointed.
No dogs allowed, not even on the terrace, and no men with vests either!
Open 5PM until late, Sundays from 1PM
Closed on Tuesdays
Right in the centre of Benahavis, close to the town square, lies the Amanhavis hotel, an elegant and peaceful boutique hotel. Just step out of the front door to be in the middle of the streets with the bars and restaurants and only 5 minutes away from unspoilt nature.
Burkhardt’s passion for design turned this old cortijo into an original building, with castle-like towers and stunning roof terraces. Have a dip in the outdoor swimming pool lined with palm trees.
Enjoy yourself in the spacious rooms, every which one has a historical theme and displays fantastic attention to detail.
The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a creative twist and it has a wonderful terrace in the courtyard alongside the swimming pool.
There are taxis assigned to the village of Benahavis, you will be able to get one at the number below.
Some people in the village also do airport runs or taxi services though, so check around.
A taxi from San Pedro de Alcantara should cost you about 17 euros during the day, and about 20 euros at nighttime.
952 86 90 90
or visit http://taxibenahavis.com/
The busstop is at the entrance of the village on the left.
There is a bus at 07.15 and one at 19.30 leaving Benahavis for San Pedro and the centre of Marbella.
Buses leave San Pedro bus station for Benahavis at 06.50 and 19.00.
There is a cheap direct bus service from the Marbella bus station to the Malaga airport which will get you there in 45 minutes (between 6 and 8 euros depending on the time, 1 euro extra with avanzabus online, but then you are certain to have a seat)
The busstop at Malaga airport is 20m to the right when you come out of arrivals.
Times (please check www.avanzabus.com just in case):
Marbella-Malaga airport 07.15, 8.15, 09.15, 10.15, 11.30, 13.15, 15.15, 15.30, 17.00, 19.15, 21.15
Malaga airport-Marbella 08.15, 10.15, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 14.15, 16.15, 18.00, 20.15, 22.30
Local Police is situated above the village. Take the street left by the bus stop on Avda. de Andalucia, towards the Montemayor Castle and past the sports hall. You will see the sign from that road.
The Guardia Civil office is located on the Plaza de España. They are the ones to call in case of a crime or car accident.
Parking tickets and other traffic fines will be reduced by 50% if you pay within i20 days. You can do this in the local police office.
The Post Office ( Correos ) can be found in the Avda. de Andalucia, just next to the church., there is no window for the public though, here you can pick up letters or packages if your urbanisation does not have centralised individual postboxes. You can also get a P.O. Box here, talk to Paco from the papershop.
Next to the door you’ll find the only postbox in the village. If certified letters cannot be delivered, you will have to go the San Pedro Post office.
First of all we hope you will never need this page, but if you do we will try to give you the best advice possible.
The telephone number in Spain for emergencies of all kinds is 112.
There is a medical centre in the village, which is open from 8.30AM until around 12.30PM, monday to saturday. It is situated between restaurante Rufino and the stairs next to The Brasserie.
In San Pedro there is a 24 hour medical centre on the avenue up from Mc Donalds. You will find it on the corner on the right by the first traffic lights.
Should anything serious happen though, go straight to the Costa del Sol hospital on the N340 ( coast road Marbella-Fuengirola ) past Marbella opposite the Los Monteros hotel. It is a very well equipped hospital with excellent medical service.
There is also the Hospitem hospital on the road to Estepona, which works with Sanitas.
The pharmacy in Benahavis is on the Avda. Andalucia, next to the church, open from 09.00 until 14.00 and from 17.00 until 20.00 Monday to Friday, Saturday from 10.00 to 14.00 and Jaime speaks excellent English.
On the main street in San Pedro you will find a 24 hour pharmacy.
The privileged situation of Benahavis, surrounded by mountains, between the Sierra Blanca behind Estepona and the Ronda mountain range, and only a few kilometres from Marbella and Estepona, municipalities bordering with the village territory, convert Benahavis into an authentic treasure for lovers of unspoilt nature.
From its mountains you will be able to overlook more than 100 kilometres of the Costa del Sol and a good stretch of the African mountain range on clear days.
Three rivers cross the Benahavis territory, all of them have their sources in the Ronda mountain range and end up in the Mediterranean :
– Rio Guadalmina ( river of the mines ), 28 km long, runs along the eastern border of the village and was of stratigic defensive importance, also serving as a generator for the flour mills in the village.
– Rio Guadalmansa ( river of the oil mill ), running on the eastern side of the Benahavis territory from North to South.
– Rio Guadaiza ( river of Aixa, mother of Boabdil the younger ), 22 km long, on the left side of the Ronda From the village, you can sometimes see the snowcapped peaks of the Palmitera mountain ( 1517m above sea level ) in winter.
Plenty of granite, marble and peridotites form an important part of the geology in the territory of Benahavis.
On the mountain peaks, where precipitation and fog are common, large numbers of gall oaks and Spanish firs are to be found. At lower altitudes the holm oak and cork oak thrive. There are also small collections of madronnos, chestnut trees, yews, maples and ashes.
The area of the Sierra de las Nieves is home to one of Andalusia’s largest communities of mountain goat, one of only two wild species of large hoofed mammal native to the Park, the other being the deer. Other species such as the stag and mountain ox have been brought in, the Park providing them with an excellent habitat. Also to be found here are certain animal species protected by law, such as the wild cat, golden eagle and otter.
And without leaving the village, you can easily see some vultures flying over.
The history of Benahavis starts at the end of the XIth century, when the Arabs founded the town. Closely related with the Costa del Sol’s Arabic past, and particularly with Marbella, the district which it belonged to until it was granted the so-called “Carta Puebla” by Philip II in 1572.
Montemayor Castle, built prior to the Construction of Benahavis, playes a very important role in the battles between the various Arabs kings in Andalusia, because of its strategic position. It was disputed for many years by the military factions of the epoch. Its prominent location overlooking up to a hundred kilometres of seaboard, and even the African coast, was extremely useful at a time when piracy and invasion were commonplace.
There are also five guard towers on Benahavis territory, one of them is in the Parque de las Leoneras, close to the roundabout at the entrance of the village.
The town takes its name from Havis, who reigned in Montemayor Castle. To be precise, Benahavis is basically Arabic (Ben al Havis) and means “son of Havis”.
The castle’s strategic location drew the attention of the Catholic Monarchs, intent on conquering the last Moorish kingdoms in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Isabel and Ferdinand’s forces had already laid siege to the Nazarite kingdom of Granada, but they decided first to occupy the nearby province of Malaga.
Soon on the 11th of June, 1485, Benahavis, together with the localities of Daidin, Montemayor Castle, Cortes Fortress, Oxen, Arboto, Almachor, Tramores and Calalui Fort (the Castle of Light), in the Bermeja Mountains, all within the district of Marbella, were handed over to King Ferdinand the Catholic, by Mohammed Abuneza after the signing of the capitulation.
The Catholic King entrusted their custody to Don Pedro Villandrado, Count of Ribadeo, the first christian mayor of Benahavis. From that moment on, a dispute arose between Benahavís and Marbella which lasted three and half centuries, until Benahavís achieved the status of a completely independent community.
As for Montemayor Castle, it is worth noting that as well as its impressive location, it had an underground passageway connecting it with the coast, through which the Arabs were able to transport soldiers.
The village is well known on the Coast for its gastronomy and in summer we advise you to book a table as the village is packed in July and August with tourists coming up from the Costa del Sol.
How To Get Here
Getting to Benahavis
Benahavis is easily reachable from various airports. Spain has wisely invested in excellent highways in Andalucia. You have to realize that Benahavis is a large territory and if you are not staying inor going to the village, make sure you know how to get where you need to be. It can be up to 15-20 minutes from the village.
From Malaga Airport
Just follow the Algeciras and Cadiz signs. You are better off to take the toll highway ( AP-7 ) just past the Mijas exit, specially in summer, as the coastal N340 gets easily congested with traffic. The toll highway leads you directly to Marbella and from there follow N340 direction Estepona. About 2 kms after San Pedro de Alcantara, you will find the Benahavis exit. Then it is only another 5 minutes to the town.
From Gibraltar Airport
Just follow the signs for Malaga. The toll highway is the better option here as well, and for the same reasons as above. Once you get to Estepona, follow the coastal N340, the Benahavis exit is about 15 kms away. Do watch out to go under the pedestrian bridge, since signposts are a bit cheeky here.
All you need to know about the municipality of Benahavis