Holidays in Benaojan – Whitewashed villages and beautiful beaches
Benaojan is one of the many white stone villages located amidst the dramatic beauty of the Grazalema Nature Park. This idyllic area of Andalucia provides a slower pace of life and is much loved by families and couples looking for a more relaxed destination but with plenty of sports, sightseeing and access to the fabulous coastal beaches. Accommodation can include luxury farmhouses and private villas with swimming pools, all within easy reach of traditional little tavernas and first class restaurants. Benaojan holidays are located in one of the best areas for outdoor activities including golf, cycling, horse riding, fishing and swimming.
Sightseeing from Benaojan can include exciting cities such as Ronda, Malaga, Marbella and Seville, and of course the famous beach resorts are just an hour’s drive away. Benaojan provides a huge range of holiday activities with something to suit every taste, and this is one of the reasons for its increasing popularity.
Benaojan is a place to enjoy the outdoors and thankfully the climate here is one of the best in Europe. Summers are hot and this area does become busy with day trippers from the coast. If you are looking for a quieter and cooler holiday period then choose the low season spring and autumn months. Booking during the low season, including winter, will mean you can take advantage of reduced rates on flights and accommodation. If you are holidaying in Benaojan for sports such as trekking and golf then the fresh warm months of April, May, September and October will be ideal.
With over 320 sunny days per year, it isn’t hard to find sunshine in Benaojan. Daytime summer temperatures will reach 30C and over during July and August and the 18C evening temperatures are ideal for alfresco dinners. Spring and autumn are warm seasons with temperatures of 20C and over; temperatures can still reach 30C during October. Rainfall is rare during the summer and tends to appear from November through March. Winters are cooler at 13C but there will still be plenty of sunshine to enjoy on a winter break in Benaojan.
There are specific times of the year when you can pick up some excellent holiday deals to Benaojan. Flights and accommodation will be offered at reduced rates during the low season months. The low season is typically the quieter periods outside of the busy school holidays and includes spring and autumn but avoiding Easter, October and August. If you have a flexible schedule and take off at short notice then you will be able to take advantage of late deals offers.Make sure to take a look at our best deals on offer below and check out our late deals offers for significant holiday savings.
Malaga Airport (AGP) serves Benaojan, and direct flights leave the UK to Malaga all year round from most city airports. Flying time to Malaga is approximately three hours with a transfer time to Benaojan of around 90 minutes. Malaga Airport provides plenty of facilities including bars, restaurants, duty free shopping, hotels and car hire. Trains, buses and taxis depart from Terminal 3; taxis are unmetered and you should arrange the fare with the driver.
Taxi fares to Benaojan will be approximately 120 euros (£96) per car. Independently booking a private transfer online is another option with fares of around 30 euros (£24) per person; this price is based on four people sharing the transfer. Independently hiring a car only is one of the most convenient and inexpensive transfer options available. The roads in Malaga are in good condition with driving on the right; car hire will cost approximately 90 euros (£72) per week.
The unspoilt, sun drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol are a mere one hour’s drive from Benaojan. The beaches along this coastline are regarded as some of the best in Spain, if not Europe. Blue Flag awarded resort beaches rub shoulders with secluded coves and bays, and the warm Mediterranean waters are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. Most of the beaches feature fine grey sand but there are also many golden beaches to enjoy along the coast.
San Pedro is one of the first resorts you will arrive at when driving from Benaojan. Playa San Pedro de Alacantra stretches over 3Km and is favoured by families due to the shallow waters, children’s entertainment and beach restaurants. This is the ideal place to rent a sun lounger, soak in the sun or enjoy some watersports. If you visit on a Thursday you can buy some hand crafted goods at the nearby market.
You will not want to miss the chance to enjoy the beaches at Puerto Banus, and Mistral Beach is one of the best for watersports. This is a popular beach from which you can try jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving and of course riding the banana boats. Stay a little later in Puerto Banus to find out why this resort ranks as having the best nightlife in Spain.
To escape the busy beaches, head east to the beaches of Puerto de la Duquesa. La Duquesa is one of the Costa del Sol’s hidden secrets and holds miles of unspoilt and uncrowded sandy beaches. After a day on the beach you can visit the marina, take in a round of golf or sample some delicious food and drink at the many restaurants and bars along the promenade.
Lovers of ancient history and adventurous pot holes will want to explore the atmospheric cave systems in and around Benaojan. Intricate cave drawings and artefacts have been recovered dating back 20,000 years in Cueva de la Pileta and Cueva del Gato. They also offer thrilling subterranean adventures for experienced cavers and attract enthusiasts from all over Europe.
Although it is a small town, Benoajan is renowned for its colourful traditional festivals which will enliven a stay and provide a fascinating cultural spectacle. Verbena del Tren highlights 3 days of festivities with fireworks, feasting and dancing with free chorizo and sangria handed out to all. It is an incredibly vibrant occasion filled with real Andalucian flavour. Other annual events include the fiestas of Virgen del Rosario and San Marco which are equally as fascinating and well worth a look.
Why not take a day trip to the chic beach resort of Marbella? Spend the day soaking up the sun along its stylish promenade, indulge in thrilling water sports or simply relax in a fancy beachfront cafe and savour a glorious evening sunset. It also boasts a surprising amount of history and culture such as the famous Arabian Wall and its Contemporary Art Museum. Marbella is full of charm and a host of fun attractions and is the perfect day out for families.
Nestling between rugged mountain peaks and the fast flowing Guardiaro River, Benaojan is set in spectacular scenery that is best explored on horseback. Individual and group treks will traverse undulating forests, rolling hills and shady olive groves, while encountering rustic farming villages and fascinating flora and fauna. A day of horse riding is the finest way to see the best of rural Andalucia.
The life and culture of Benaojan is best illustrated in its colourful array of local cuisine which is very distinctive and much of it very different from mainstream Andalucian cooking. Rustic cafes and tapas bars offer hearty dishes of rabbit in garlic, spicy gazpacho and plenty of chorizo. Its most famous offering is Chacina Benaojena - a unique dish of roast pork in garlic and wine. Dining out in Benaojan is a delightfully traditional experience with plenty of local atmosphere and genuine warmth.
Benaojan attract fearless adventure sports lovers with a number of thrilling outdoor pursuits enjoyed in its rugged surrounding landscape. The Valley of Guardiaro offers kayaking and rafting, all terrain mountain biking, rock climbing and some of the best pot holes in Spain. The area is teeming with bird and mammal life and is also a popular haven for nature lovers and bird watchers.