Restaurants in Benahavis Eating and modest drinking are important social happenings in Spain. Everyone will find a very enjoyable atmosphere in the restaurants in Benahavis. Benahavis is called the dining room of the Costa del Sol, and for a good reason. The village centre is literally full of them. Most serve typically Spanish cuisine, although you will also find Italian food and French cuisine. Many of the ingredients used in the restaurants are locally grown. As you drive around the town you will see signs that describe it as the gastronomic corner of Andalucia. The city centre is dominated by apartments for sale, most villas for sale in Benahavis are located outside the centre. All restaurants offers very good value for money, and really large portions. If you consider to buy this , you should visit some of our favourite places to dine. Alcuzcuz Gallery gastronomy has always had a leading role. The dishes we serve are mainly Andalusian / Mediterranean cuisine, with a lot of influence from the flavours and spices of Morocco and is based on the seasonal products, fresh fruits and vegetables from our orchards, fish and meat from the area and homemade sweet recipes, jams, pastries and breads. In our kitchen we are always willing to try new things and prepare dishes to the taste and request of our guests. We offer a classic menu with recognisable flavours, an honest proposal and a tasting menu with touches of Andalusian creativity. The goal is for each person who comes to visit us to understand our culture a little better. These are the values of the restaurant and its chef Fernando Villasclaras Arce. He has worked in several of the best restaurants in the world such as Mugaritz (Basque Country); Dinner (London) and more recently in 1870 in Marbella, La Bulla in Estepona and Puente Romano Hotel. Amanhavis Restaurant is a rustic, yet elegant Restaurant, specialising in serving Creative Andalusian Cuisine. Daily, the Chef goes to the surrounding markets finding what is fresh and in season to create six daily changing menus. Hence guests can choose from six starters, eight main courses and four desserts. The atmosphere is similar to a very cozy living room, in your own home. Not too far from this , don't miss out on a truly wonderful cuisine and evening. Do try a drink on the top terrace before you sit down and have dinner, as there are magnificent views overlooking Benahavis Village. El Cordero is a unique food experience, in a relaxed and pleasant environment. One of the most important improvements made by the new owners was to build an exact replica of an authentic burning oven. The exact shape, construction and materials used are crucial to creating this very special oven in order to obtain the possible level of cooking and flavours. No, not just another pizza oven, although you get a perfect pizza as they do the Naples, this oven requires the skill of a master chef to get the best out of anything cooked in it. The flavour is quite unique. There is a substantial menu and everything, except perhaps the salads and the pastas, is cooked in the oven. Steaks, Chicken, Lambs, Piglet and yes Fish. As a matter of fact the fish is exceptionally good. A golfers paradise The municipality of Benahavis is a mecca for golf lovers. A diverse landscape with valleys, mountains and forests provide outstanding surroundings and beautiful backdrops. Many of the courses in Benahavis are high on the international ranking, renown for complex design and luxurious facilities. If you are an avid golfer, this , is a great option! To the East of Benahavis there is the very exclusive 18 holes golf course of Marbella Club Golf, designed by Dave Thomas. Guests of Marbella Club Hotel & Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella will have the privilege to enjoy the exclusive benefit of complimentary green fees. Aside from the golf course, Marbella Club also offers riding facilities, stables and a number of exclusive villas for sale. To the North, the private urbanisation of La Zagaleta offers two private courses, only accessible to the residents of La Zagaleta. Being one of the most expensive private communities in Europe, the price of a villa for sale in Zagaleta begins around € 3.000.000. Towards South, there are several golf clubs available,  El Higueral Golf, Los Arqueros Golf and La Quinta Golf. El Higueral is a picturesque 9 hole, par 36 resort course nestled on the gentle slopes of the foothills in Benahavís. Greenfee prices begins at € 35. La Quinta Golf & Country Club is located in the Golf Valley of Marbella, in an area of exceptional beauty between the sea and the mountains. It has an exclusive club, a 27-hole course, a restaurant and a shop. Designed by the three-time World Champion and Ryder Cup champion Manuel Piñero, La Quinta Golf is suitable for all levels of play, and offers 27 holes divided into 3 courses of nine holes each. The "San Pedro" course features 9 holes and 2,690 yards. This course features a large open areas with wide fairways which invites to use fairway woods and long irons. The “Ronda” course features 9 holes and 2,673 yards. It’s a fabulous course with narrow fairways and technical greens. Guadaiza course features 9 holes and 3,167 yards. This is the most technical course, ideal for the advanced players, who will have to use a wide range of shots. Greenfee prices begins at € 85. Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club is a magnificent 18 hole, par 71 course designed in 1991 by the dynamic Majors Champion – Seve Ballesteros. The golf course, although only 5,700 metres, was designed to challenge the experienced golfer and to test the resolve of those golfers fairly new to the game. The course follows the contours of the terrain and blends harmoniously with the natural surroundings on Costa del Sol. This provides its own challenge with many water features and some tight narrow fairways to negotiate, but, if you forego distance for accuracy, you will be rewarded with plenty of birdie opportunities. Greenfee prices begins at € 54. Activities in Benahavis Benahavis is a preferred area by many property buyers due to the beautiful surroundings and central location. It's the ideal area to retreat and relax, as much of the activities, parties, restaurants etc are located in Marbella or Estepona, closer to the coast. However, don't feel you are missing out if you buy this , the municipality has a lot to offer! We have described some of our favourites places, and as you settle in you will discover many more hidden gems. Castillo de Montemayor was built in the tenth century and part of its walls they are kept in good condition. Fortified complex in the Torre de la Reina, the most remarkable part is preserved because there are vestiges of what was chambers and a well. This fort played an important role in sustained battles between the various baronies Al-Andalus for its strategic value, and that can be seen over 100 Kms. Of Spanish coast and the whole of Africa. Throughout the territory of Benahavís several watchtowers that form a defensive barrier. For example where Leonera, Alcuzcuz, Tramores or Daidín are located. Parque Torre de la Leonora is a beautiful park in the Guadalmina valley, one of the first fortifications that served as access key to the basin of Guadalmina. An incredible charming place, quiet, lush vegetation and endless flowers. The perfect park for a stroll with the kids, a romantic getaway or simply break from the daily hustle. Puente de las Angosturas Surprising gorges, spectacular pools and crystal clear waters are some of the claims to tour the Guadalmina River. Through its well-known Angosturas, a place that is perhaps easier to imagine in exotic latitudes but which, however, we have here, in Benahavís. Leaving from this town the first intention could be directed to the Charco de las Mozas, very popular among bathers. A wooden bridge with a blown structure crosses the river to the opposite side of the road. At the end of the bridge, on the hillside, we pass the great ditch of Guadalmina. More than a century of life, which is part of the rich Andalusian hydraulic heritage. This bridge joins a recently created path with the Mirador de las Tres Pérgolas. Ideal place to visit if you are considering buying a . Cortijo de Cortes Offers a spectacular show with horses and and traditional Spanish Flamenco. A great place for an in-depth experience of the Spanish culture, and well suited for all ages. Property for sale in Benahavis Benahavis is a large municipality that meets both Estepona, Marbella and Ojen. It is a place of beautiful landscape with mountains, valleys and exclusive properties for sale. When looking for villas for sale in Benahavis, it is worth noting the different areas; La Zagaleta and El Madroñal is both exclusive mountain villages with fantastic panoramic views. Benahavis village is a very popular and charming old city with small streets. Further towards the coast we have La Quinta and Los Flamingos which also are set on spectacular settings. The village offers a school, fantastic restaurants, a luxury spa and a  sports centre. Schools There are several schools located around Benahavis, both private and public schools. In general the public schools are teaching to a high standard, but each school can be very different. Some public schools are bilingual, meaning the education will be given in both Spanish and English. The bilingual schools are naturally preferred by many expats. In public schools kids are not obliged to wear a school uniform. The are many private schools as a result of the large expat communities living in Benahavis. The base language in the private schools are either Spanish or English, with the exception of the German private school in La Mairena, Marbella. Schooldays normally begin at 9 or 9.30 and continues until 16 or 17 - a full day. Food is paid through direct contribution, or included in the monthly fee on some private schools. Growing up, and going to school in Benahavis will provide your children with a unique network. Purchasing this will enable you to have many schools to choose from. Multiple nationalities, cultures, customs etc is something which will benefit your children for years to come. Apartments for sale in Benahavis There are many different types of apartments for sale in Benahavis. In the city centre (pueblo) you will mostly find classic apartments for sale, or older townhouses. Often these apartments are built in typical Spanish style, with smaller rooms and protected from the sun. Over the last few years, more and more renovated apartments are coming on the the market. In rest of Benahavis there is a wide variation of apartments for sale, with prices ranging from 175.000 up towards 1.000.000. The typical apartment for sale costs around 3-400.000 € but will often offer panoramic views and a lot of space. In the area of Los Almendros the price starts at 200.000 € for a 2 bedroom apartment, with the most expensive apartments for sale around 800.000 €. In Los Flamingos most apartments are luxury apartments and prices begin around 350.000 for a 2 bedroom, and continues up to 800.000 €. Apartments for sale in La Quinta is in a similar price range, with the average apartment for sale being around 400.000 €. History Benahavís is a Spanish mountain village between Marbella, Estepona, and Ronda, 7 kilometers from the coast. Benahavís is one of the most mountainous villages on the western Costa del Sol. Near the beaches as well as the spectacular mountains of the Serrania de Ronda. Its terrain is traversed by the Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmansa Rivers. Places of great natural and historic interest are to be found within its boundaries. Good examples are  El Cerro del Duque, Daidin and the Montemayor Castle. The stunning surroundings is one of the main reasons the villas for sale in Benahavis are so popular. In the 11th century, the fortress and the territory it controlled were caught up in the struggle between the governing Malaga dynasty, the Edrisitas and the Hammudies, lords of Algeciras. In 1273, the king of Granada, Mohamed, seeing his throne to be in jeopardy, requested help from the Benimerines. As they advanced across the peninsula, occupied Marbella, Montemayor Castle and Malaga. The village was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485, after the fall of Marbella. Along with Benahavis, it was ceded to Don Juan de Silva, Count of Cifuentes in 1492. It was given in return for his support in the capture of Granada. In 1572, King Philip II awarded Benahavis its own municipal charter, thus granting the village independence from Marbella. During the late 1990s, Junta de Andalucia constructed a dam on the site of an old marble quarry. As a result, for much of the year the once ever-flowing Río Guadalmina is a dried-up riverbed. Villas for sale in Benahavis The price of the villas for sale in Benahavis very much depend on the specific area. La Zagaleta being the most expensive villa neighbourhood in Europe, with villas for sale from € 3-30.000.000. El Madroñal is located opposite to La Zagaleta, and to buy a villa here it will cost from 1.500.000 up towards € 10.000.000. The villas for sale in Los Flamingos prices start around € 1.000.000, and the most expensive villas for sale are priced at € 7.000.000. The price range for a villa for sale in Benahavis is very dependant if its located within an exclusive community or not, and the views and privacy. In La Quinta, the spread is very high among villas which are located almost next to each other. Villas for sale in La Quinta costs from € 600.000 up towards € 8.000.000. When looking for a villa for sale it's important to clarify which elements are the highest priority. Benahavis is one of the most wealthy communities in Spain, partly due to the many exclusive areas. The annual property tax follows the average for the region, and the public services reaches a high standard. When looking for a villa for sale in Benahavis, you will notice the annual taxes are low. Most noticeably the basura tax is only 18€ per year! Buying costs of properties for sale in Benahavis Purchasing an apartment or villa for sale in Benahavis is the beginning of a great adventure, full of excitement. The first step you need to decide on, is your budget. When buying a property in Benahavis, the buying costs are roughly 13-14%. The buying costs are especially important, if you are financing your purchase. The Spanish banks will finance up to maximum 80%, of the property price, excluding expenses. If you need more advice on financing, we work with several banks and finance brokers, and are happy to help. 1,2 % (approx) Notary & Property Registry fees – both fees are fixed depending on the price and size of the property or plot for sale in Benahavis 1,5% Stamp duty on properties for sale Benahavis for new construction only – Paid to government and non-negotiable 1% Lawyer fees – The common fee for a lawyer, and rarely negotiable Transfer tax is paid for all properties for sale in Benahavis, and there are two types - Transfer tax (ITP) or IVA. ITP is applied to any existing property or plot, and IVA is applied on new properties, and off-plan projects or properties Transfer Tax (ITP) 0-400.000 = 8% 400.000 – 700.000 = 9% 700.000 -> = 10% 10% VAT (IVA) on a brand new property purchased from a developer (villas, town houses, apartments, plots, commercial premises & garages sold with the property) Properties acquired by a company with the purpose of selling within 5 years, only pays 2% ITP Plots & commercial premises are liable to pay 21% VAT (IVA) when the transaction is made between two companies. Deposit & Reservation agreement Paying a deposit is the first step to buying a villa for sale in Benahavis, and to remove it off the market. Deposit amount is min 6.000 € and can be up to 10% of the property value, when buying a property for sale in Benahavis. It should be paid either to the developer, your agency, agency of the buyer, or your lawyer. A reservation agreement always follows with the deposit, and will stipulate the conditions. The deposit to reserve a property is normally non-refundable. Exceptions can be made for example if a mortgage needs approval or if there are unresolved legal questions.