If you are looking for the perfect picture postcard location, Benahavis should be at the top of your to do list. Affectionately known as the ‘dining room of Andalucia’ due to the incredible number of bars and restaurants on every street and plaza, there is also the Moorish Amanhavis boutique hotel with its charming garden restaurant. Take a stroll around the pretty winding streets of whitewashed homes splashed with colourful flowers to get a real sense of the famed laidback Spanish lifestyle.
There’s also a numerous of small boutiques and the David Marshal gallery where you can pick up stylish original silver sculptures. Benahavis is also a favourite amongst international celebrities, attracted by the natural beauty and also the security offered by the stunning private estates nestling in the landscape that forms La Zagaleta.
The private estate is purported to be the wealthiest enclave in Southern Spain set against a natural backdrop of oak forests, lakes and river views. It is surprising to realise that you are only a 10-minute drive inland, with Marbella and The Aloha Hill Club to the east and Estepona to the west. Close to all of the action on the coast yet almost in another world.