MARCH – Things to do near Benahavis

Things to do in Benahavis

River Pathway in Spring, Benahavis

The great thing about the Costa del Sol is that the seasons are pretty clear cut. Winter lasts about 3 months, and then in March we bounce into Spring. It starts to feel warmer, the flowers burst into bloom and when the sun shines it can get really quite warm. As I write this it’s actually 25 degrees outside! So with the onset of Spring, here are some of our suggestions of Things to do near Benahavis in March.

visit castellar de la frontera

This time of year is great for visiting some of the inland villages as its not too hot, and the countryside is green and starting to explode with wild flowers. Castellar de la Frontera is about an hours drive from Benahavis. You go along the coast in the Gibraltar direction (west) and then take a turn off going in land from Sotogrande.

Thing to do near Benahavis

Cobbled street in Castellar de la Frontera

Once on this stretch of road, you will find some stunning views of the mountains. Its quite bumpy and windy, but eventually you reach Castellar, a picturesque village within a castle surrounded by the high walls of a Moorish Fortress. The tiny little lanes within the village are an artists dream. Every corner and narrow alleyway offering a new idyllic view. The village has a fascinating history, not least that it was abandoned in the 1970s with its inhabitants moving to the nearby Nuevo Castellar (New Castellar). This forgotten village then attracted some foreigners who set up temporary dwellings outside the walls, with more people eventually moving back in to the village over time.

There isn’t much in the way of shops and restaurants, but look out for the EcoTaperia – the food is locally sourced and stunning. We recommend you book in advance.

Things to do near Benahavis

Marbella to Puerto Banus Promenade

Puerto banus to Marbella sea front promenade

Whether you like to walk, cycle, or run, this is a lovely scenic route to follow. The beachfront promenade runs all the way from Puerto Banus to Marbella. It’s about 7.6km (4.8 miles) and should take less than 2 hours at a brisk walking pace, but with sightseeing it could take a lot more. The pathway is wide, with a hard sand finish, so it looks very natural. It’s also open to bike riders with a speed limit. Along the way are numerous restaurants and beach bars (chiringuitos), as well as a great view of some stunning private villas. If you’re a bit nosy like us, and maybe like to dream, this is where you get a glimpse of how the other half live.  It really is a great way to see the coastline. If you run out of steam though or don’t want to do the return trip, then you can always get a cab home!


Things to do near Benahavis

Benahavis Sunday Market

Closer to home, in fact within walking distance of our development Capanes del Golf, you find the weekly Benahavis flea market or “rastro”.  Held every Sunday (unless it rains), there are many things to love about this market. Firstly it’s held in a beautiful spot, shaded by trees in the grounds of a tiny chapel, not far from the river gorge. It attracts all sorts of people, locals and tourists, anyone who likes a good rummage, a bargain or that special find!  Things to do near Benahavis

It has also become a regular meeting spot where you can have a coffee, a tapa and a catchup with friends. Often there are hot churros (mmm deep fried donuts) on sale from a van, a very naughty breakfast treat!  A great way to start your Sunday.


That’s it for March. Easter is coming in April, a massively important time in Spain, so a lot more to report on then!

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