Incorporating the ruins of a historic Moorish tower, this villa has retained many of its original features, including beautiful antique tiling, furniture, and textiles.
The house is set on three levels including a two-bedroom apartment with private access, and a separate double room with en-suite.
There is also a Guest Annex which is completely private but only a two-minute walk from the Main House – ideal for guests or an extended family party.
3 large double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
1 medium double bedroom (which shares bathroom with single room)
1 single bedroom with shared bathroom
Double height drawing room
1 family sitting room with TV
Apartment with private access
1 large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
1 twin (can be made up as double on request) with en-suite bathroom
3 large double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
3 flatscreen televisions with satelite TV
Air conditioning and central heating
Private swimming pool with sun beds
Large terrace with daybed
Listen to the gentle fountains and relax in all-day sun beside the large, heated pool at the bottom of the terrace garden below the main house. Sink your bare feet into large, manicured lawns, or laze on comfortable sun loungers and a large shaded daybed – perfect for escaping the midday sun and playing board games. Wifi internet, telephone, a drinks fridge and power sources are available poolside.
There is a second private, large swimming pool below the guest house which also hosts plenty of comfortable sun loungers and a shaded area.
If you feel like a spot of exercise, a full-sized tennis court, with a large comfortable seated viewing area covered by picturesque vines, is situated behind the main house. A fridge, phone and plenty of racquets and balls are available.
GAMES & TV ROOM
Situated between the main house and guest house is a spacious stand-alone games and television room. Featuring a billiards table, table tennis, dartboard, fridge, sound system and a large screen TV with a comfortable L-shaped sofa, the room is perfect for watching movies, sport or having a party away from the bedrooms.
A heli-pad behind the tennis court provides private and easy access to the estate.
The road to Benahavis from the coast, winds through the dramatic scenery of a river gorge, reaching a height of 500 feet above sea level, and ending in the heart of the village. Benahavis is situated in a natural bowl, surrounded by the foothills of the Sierra Ronda, the natural environment protects the area from, the over development excesses of the coastline not far away.
Benahavis is a genuine Andalusian village wrapped in an oasis of calm and seclusion yet situated only ten kilometres from the main coast road, only twenty five minutes from the centres of Marbella and Estepona, and even closer to the bright lights of Puerto Banus.
Marbella – 10 minute drive
Estepona – 20 minute drive
Puerto Banus – walkable
20-25 mins from nearest beach
1 hour away from Malaga airport
2 hours to Seville
Tramores has 3 women working full-time, additional staff can be arranged on request.
It also has its own chef who prepares delicious and hearty traditional Spanish meals.
High Season Tramores (included in price):
Chef prepares 3 meals, 7 days a week
Pre-arrival shopping, shopping for meals
Maid service from 8am onwards
Other activities and services in the area that can be organised for an additional fee:
Tours to the Alhambra, Seville, Ronda, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Morocco etc.
All sports activities – golf, martial arts, scuba diving, windsurfing, jet skiing, paragliding, hot air ballooning etc.
Private beach facilities
Children’s activities or summer camps
Personal trainers/tennis coach
Flamenco, salsa & cuban shows
The village today is typically Spanish – narrow streets, well shaded on hot days, white washed houses and all the natural charm of the inhabitants, but with a subtle difference. Although only a small proportion of the 2000 residents are foreigners, the village has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. This is no doubt, as a result of the many visitors who come to the village to sample the local cuisine, for which Benahavis is renowned.
Because Benahavis lies close to the sea, the menus of all its restaurants offer fish and seafood dishes as well as “mountain food”, Solomillo de Cerdo (pork fillet) for which people travel far and wide to sample, suckling pig, roast lamb, oxtail and venison to name but a few. Prices are extremely reasonable, in fact cheap compared to the Coast, and a good meal will not break the bank.
Benahavis is an authentic ecological paradise, and one of the best nature reserves in the Iberian Peninsula. Despite development the ecosystem remains intact.
Because it is of such interest to nature lovers, Benahavis is protected by a special conservation plan, and one of its beauty spots, known as Las Angosturas , has been declared a Monumento de Interes Natural . Benahavis is an ideal place to enjoy the wonders of nature with its marvelous countryside, mountains and valleys, hillsides and waterfalls.
CASARES (approximately 40 minute drive)
Take the toll road towards Sotogrande and leave on the first exit at Manilva you will be able to see Casares in the hills to your right, just follow the signs. Casares is a breathtakingly beautiful, unspoilt Andalucian Village with the most spectacular views. Due to its dramatic position and beauty, Casares is one of the most photographed villages in Spain.
ESTEPONA (approximately 20 minutes drive)
This is a busy working town, that does not depend on tourism. It has good clean beaches, with shower facilities and numerous bars and restaurants.
ESTEPONA PORT (approximately 20 minutes drive)
Situated on the right hand side, just before leaving Estepona Town, Estepona Port is much quieter than Puerto Banus and nowhere near as glitzy, but nevertheless has good bars and restaurants. There is a flea market on Sunday mornings. “Club Nautico” restaurant at the far end of the port from the fishing boats, and serves good fresh fish.
MARBELLA (approximately 10 drive)
Marbella has long been a favourite with British visitors. The old town is delightful, with its’ cobbled narrow pedestrian streets, lined with boutiques, shops and restaurants, and white house’s decorated with brightly coloured plant pots. The old town square, known as Orange Square, as it is surrounded by orange trees, is charming and a great place to sit and have a drink. Marbella is also famous for its beaches, fishing port, and lively night life.
To find the old town and Orange Square – go into the centre of Marbella and follow the signs for car parking. Turn right just before El Fuerte Hotel and follow the sign for car parking (underground, beside some pretty paved gardens and fountains (Alameda Gardens) on the right. Park the car and walk back up to the main road, over the crossing and head north up the steps opposite.
There is a promenade which stretches the whole length of Marbella and reaches Puerto Banus (though there are small areas that entail a walk in the sand!). It has many restaurants and beach bars along the way, it is well recommended for a leisurely stroll.
PUERTO BANUS (walkable)
A marina development (“The Millionaires Playground”), to the west of Marbella. Banus was the first man made marina on the coast. The port is famous for its glamorous visitors, and you’ll find extravagant yachts, shops and many upmarket restaurants, as well as some more reasonably priced eateries.
GIBRALTAR (less than 1 hour’s drive)
Once in Gibraltar we would suggest that a taxi tour is a good idea. Although Gibraltar is not particularly large (it is only 6 miles to drive round its perimeter!) it is best to be shown the sights by a local. We would suggest, a trip to the top of “The Rock” by cable car, and to see the apes. Once you have seen the sites, a walk down Gibraltar’s Main Street is recommended and perhaps a touch of duty-free shopping.
GRANADA (approximately 2 hours drive)
Granada is well sign posted and you will drive through some spectacular scenery. If you choose to go to Granada, the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens (known as the 8th wonder of the world) are an absolute must.
SIERRA NEVADA (approximately 45 minutes beyond Granada)
A ski resort in the winter (there are ample hotels and hire facilities) and a walkers paradise in the summer. At 3,500 meters you feel like you are on top of the world!
RONDA (approximately 1 hour drive inland)
Take a fabulous drive, through stunning countryside to the unique and charming Ronda. Ronda has grown substantially in the last decade, but still manages to retain its historic charm, especially in the old town. Famous the world over for its views and escarpments, and the amazing deep gorge, El Tajo, which carries the Rio Guadalevin right through the town. You will be drawn, as all visitors are, to the Puente Nuevo (new bridge), built in the 18th century. The bridge spans the gorge, and offers the most spectacular views of the Serrania de Ronda mountains. There is a fascinating Moorish quarter with its grand houses and palaces, Ronda also boasts the oldest bullring in Spain, which houses a very interesting museum .
Ronda has some extremely good restaurants, Tropicana, Casa Maria and De Locos Tapas, to name but three, it is an extremely good place to eat.
Ronda la Vieja, the original Roman town site with amphitheatre and ruins, is approximately 8 miles past Ronda right off the Seville road.
TARIFA (approximately 1½ hours drive).
Follow the coast road or take the toll towards Cadiz/Algeciras.
The old Moorish town of Tarifa is the southernmost point of Europe, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, resulting in strong winds, which help to produce excellent surfing conditions. The many surfers who visit Tarifa, help to give this ancient town a laid back vibe. It feels more North African than Andalucian. Places to visit, Guzman Castle, Church of St Matthew (16th century, Gothic) and not forgetting the amazing white sandy beaches, just 10 minutes beyond Tarifa – a surfers paradise.
A little further along the coast is Bolonia Beach, with the remains of a Roman villa and more beach bars. Also not far from Tarifa is Zahara de los Atunes, which is noted for its very good beaches, outdoor cinema and restaurants and cafes. Also 10 miles inland is the pretty Moorish town of Vejer de la Frontera situated on a mountain bluff – a typical Andalucian “Pueblo Blanco”.
Recommended: Dolphin and whale watching – from Tarifa. Whales are not guaranteed but you will see dolphins and of course the wonderful views from the sea of Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain. Bookings should be made in advance by calling “Whale Watch Espana”, tel: 639 476 544 or 956 627013.
EXCURSIONS FURTHER AFIELD
So much to see – suggest at least a one night stopover!
A half hour crossing by hovercraft/hydrofoil from Tarifa for foot passengers.
Tangier is not truly representative of Morocco but the “souk” does give a taste of Africa.
FRS Day Trip Tour of Tangier is recommended but, avoid the summer months. The ferry leaves from Tarifa Port (parking is very easy at the port) at 11.00 and returns from Tangier at 17.00 local time (because of the time difference it is 19.00 Spanish time so it’s actually quite a long day).
SPORTS AND LEISURE
The Safari Shop, which is based in Puerto Banus, can arrange kayaking, canoeing, paintballing, Quad biking, mountain biking, 4×4 jeep safaris, rock climbing and canyoning. All the activities are done in and around Istan, the reservoir and La Sierra de las Nieves (the mountains behind Istan). They can be contacted on 952 905082 or mobile: 609 517517 (Lars) If no answer from the landline, please call the mobile.
Born to be Wild Eco Tours organize jeep and speed boat tours and dolphin watching. Tel 952 781006 or 606 454 431, www.borntobewild.es.
BEACH CLUBS AND SWIMMING
Generally speaking nearly all beaches from Marbella to Estepona are well cared for and most have the European Blue Flag. Most recommended are:
Cabopino: Approximately a 20 minute drive east of Marbella, beside the port. Excellent for young children, sheltered in a protected bay – sandy beach. Restaurants and pedalo hire.
Puerto Banus: To the east are the more family beaches (i.e. in front of the high “freedom” statue). Protected bay, sandy beach. To the west is slightly more suitable for adults and not quite so sandy.
If you would like to splash out there is Nikki Beach at the Hotel Don Carlos in Elviria ( to the west of Marbella)- Tel 952 836239 (open from April) and Puro Beach at Laguna Village, Tel. 952 800 015 open from March .
EATING OUT IN THE AREA
Benahavis in renowned along the Coast for its variety of restaurants, (about 25 in all with new ones opening all the time!). Highly recommended are:
Los Abanicos (952 855022) (on the lower road) very good restaurant, especially roast shoulder of lamb or the pork fillet in garlic. Pavement & inside dining.
Amanahavis: (952 856026) a little pricier – maybe for a special night out ? Beautiful dining courtyard.
Many top class restaurants including:
Don Leone: Situated front line. Italian Cuisine. Tel: 952 811716.
In addition there are less formal and less expensive restaurants (from €30 p.p.), such as:
Dalli’s Pasta Factory: Situated on the second line behind Marina Azul Pasta. (Tel 952 818623)
Picasso’s: Situated front line. Pizzas and Crepes. Excellent Pizzas! (952 813669).
SAN PEDRO DE ALCANTARA
Fernandos: One of the oldest established fish restaurants in San Pedro. Situated on the main road down to the beach (as if going to Bora Bora), approx 0.5km on the right hand side – Casa Fernando with large outside dining area. Very Spanish although English is spoken. Tel 952 853 344
El Pescador: Calle Juan Ramon Jimenez. In San Pedro take the second turning right (Calle Cordoba) from the main street then the second turning on the left, the restaurant is approx. 100 yards on the left. Excellent fish. Tel: 952 784197
Alfredos – Calle Andalucia. San Pedro. Tel 952 786165. Turn first right after the junction with the main road (by second hand/ antique shop), past the Renault garage and take first left. Open for lunch and evening meals. Spanish food served as tapas. Very Spanish with pretty basic décor. Pavement dining
Very popular with locals – good basic food – be prepared to arrive early or book in advance!
El Carnicero: Close to Cancelada turnoff – at the flyover, as you approach the roundabout at the top of the slip road you will see a big sign – on the side of the restaurants wall. Excellent meat/BBQ – children’s menu. Inside dining (with a/c) + terrace. Booking advisable. Tel: 952 886307
De Medici: Situated at the bottom of El Paraiso on the North side of the road as you head towards Estepona – it’s set back from the road with a large neon sign. Indoor and terrace dining. Superb food – Pasta/Italian cuisine. Highly recommended for a special night out. Booking advisable in peak season. Tel: 952 884687
Robbies: Calle Jubrique 11, Estepona (in the old Town). Your host is Robbie. Closed Mondays. Credit Cards Accepted. International Cuisine – From €50.00 per head including drinks/wine. A special venue with a very special ambiance and decor with unbeatable food. Ideal for a special occasion although not suitable for children. (We suggest you ask Robbie for directions when booking). Booking essential. Tel 952 802121