In close vicinity to the hustle and bustle of Marbella, you will find a number of traditional whitewashed Andalusian mountain villages.
Here, it looks like time has been standing still for the last 500 years, and if you are looking for truly Andalusian charm and a feeling of history, you should go and enjoy.
Only ten minutes away from Marbella town Centre lies this gem of an Andalusian mountain village. You don’t need a car here, park in one of the public car parking areas on the outskirts of the village, and walk around the narrow streets, like the locals, and take in all the visual delights.
Old whitewashed townhouses with bougainvillea’s creeping along the facades, squares with Tapas Bars and restaurants, fountains with soft natural water from the surrounding mountains, it has healing powers says the locals, and several viewpoints where you can see all the way down to the coast.
It is like a time machine, you only left Marbella ten minutes ago, but you feel like in a different century, glorious!
Also known as The Gastronomical Capital of the Costa del Sol, because of its high density of top restaurants, literally one on every corner. Every weekend, Spaniards and foreigners alike head for this village in the hills for culinary excellence.
Passing through some of the best golf courses on the coast, Benahavís is only 7 kilometres from the coast.
Come and visit on a Sunday afternoon when the village and its restaurants are packed with families enjoying their Sunday Lunch, the atmosphere is just fantastic.
Another white washed Andalusian mountain village with Moorish roots, but with its own very distinct “Feel” to it.
But what makes Istán different is the view over, and the proximity to, the Embalse de la Concepcion, one of the few lakes close to the coast.
This lake actually provides the majority of the drinking water to the Marbella area. The view over the emerald green lake from the top of the village, is truly something else, just amazing, come and have a look for yourself.