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Benahavis is about 10 minutes inland from the N340 motorway between Marbella and Estepona. Although you only travel a short distance inland it is a hidden gem of the Costa del Sol.

As you arrive at Benahavis via a steep slope, the town is directly in front of you. Driving to the town you will have already seen the breathtaking views and scenery on the approach road with the mountains and valley to your right. Along this approach you will also find another secret of the locals, the rock pools way down in the valley.

Benahavis is built on different levels, carved out of the mountainside and there are steep winding roads and streets throughout the whole town.

There are a lot of restaurants spread around Benahavis and it is the perfect setting to eat a typically Spanish meal such as suckling pig or even salt baked fish.

As well as a good number of restaurants there are some small shops and galleries where you can buy original artworks made by local craftsmen and women.

Benahavis is an ideal place to go for Sunday lunch with such a wide variety of restaurants on offer in a relatively small space. After your meal you can stroll around the town and maybe even stop off for a drink or two in one of the bars around the square.

Benhavis has an expat community living alongside the Spanish, who in many cases have lived on the village for many generations. Everyone in the village is proud of its beauty and take care to keep it clean and tidy.

One of the main restaurants in the town is Los Abanicos which has grown from a small establishment to one that now has a large dining area. It is by far one of the most popular restaurants and is always very busy so making a reservation is a must, especially for Sunday lunch.

Directions to Benahavis
From the N340 you take the Benahavis exit which is the next exit as you have gone through San Pedro de Alcantara. It is signposted Benahavis and as you exit the motorway there is a large Repsol garage on your right. Go straight across the roundabout and head up all the way until you reach the town. The road is quite windy but good quality.

A word of warning though. This roundabout is a very popular point for the police to pull cars over and breathalise the drivers as well as setting speed traps. The maximum speed heading up towards Benahavis is 60kph.

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