Monte Mayor, although nestled high in the valley of Benahavís, offers the both of best worlds… a quiet, exclusive rural location but close proximity to some of the best resorts on the Costa del Sol.
The picturesque town of Benahavís, situated between Marbella and Estepona is only a 10 minute drive away from the Monte Mayor estate. This beautiful Andalucían mountain village, located on the southern face of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range, offers spectacular views and is a popular hot spot for locals and tourists alike.
Named by some as the “dining room of the Costa del Sol”, it offers a superb choice of tapas bars and restaurants offering traditional Spanish cuisine as well as other culinary international delights.
For the active, it is also a popular spot for hikers, jeep tours and canyoning.
Estepona, traditionally an old fishing village, lies some twenty kilometres West of Marbella. Today it is a bustling town with white washed buildings, pretty squares and traditional shops, cafés, restaurants and tapas bars – full of exactly the kind of Spanish charm that first drew foreigners to these shores.
It too boasts one of the best beaches in the region, which has a number of beach bars, restaurants and children’s playgrounds that line it’s promenade. The marina, on the Western side of town, is equally charming and particularly lively during the summer season. Estepona is roughly a 20 minute drive away from Monte Mayor.
San Pedro was originally a farming community surrounded by sugarcane fields. Today this small town, midway between Marbella and Estepona, has become a popular tourist resort with a charm all of its own. Despite its proximity to Puerto Banús, San Pedro has retained its Spanish character and offers a multitude of shops, tapas bars and restaurants as well as schools, health clinics and professional services.
Down by the sea front, there is also a beautiful promenade lined with restaurants, beach bars and children’s play areas. The perfect spot for a leisurely stroll and alfresco lunch.
This area is directly inland from Puerto Banús, only a 15 minute drive from Monte Mayor.
Peaceful, spacious and adorned with beautiful green areas, Nueva Andaucía has become known as Golf Valley and boasts some of the most famous golf courses on the coast including Los Naranjos, La Quinta, Aloha, la Dama de Noche and Las Brisas.
There are also some great restaurants and bars and a popular commercial centre that consists of shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, hair salons, a supermarket, dance studio and gym. The spectacular bull ring is also well worth a visit, home to bull fights and concerts in the summer season. It is also home to a Saturday street market with stalls selling everything from clothes, accessories, antiques, fruit and veg and electrical goods.
Puerto Banús, situated a little West of Marbella, a 15 minute drive from Monte Mayor, is one of the most famous spots on the coast. Since its creation back in the late sixties, the area has since developed into a glamorous resort frequented by the international jet-set. Famous for its exclusive beach clubs (Ocean Club, Plaza Beach and La Sala Beach), beautiful marina adorned with super yachts, luxury sports cars and designer boutiques.
The marina offers a multitude of cafés, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, offering something for everyone. There is also a catamaran ferry service that runs between Puerto Banús and Marbella and a host of yacht companies where you can charter luxury yachts for the day and take to the seas in style.
The town of Marbella has long since had a reputation for being one of the most elegant towns on the coast. Dominated by leafy avenues, a palm-lined promenade, cobbled streets and an eclectic mix of Spanish and international shops, restaurants and bars, it has become a favourite destination for the discerning traveller looking to experience Spanish culture with international flavor.
Down by the marina, the beautiful promenade is flanked with a variety of beach bars, restaurants, tapas bars, shops and cafés. Marbella’s historic quarter, known as the Old Town, is renowned for its maze of little pedestrian streets and squares dissecting a mass of white-washed houses, many of which now house charming boutiques, cafés, bistros and boutique hotels. The Plaza de los Naranjos or Orange Square in the centre of the Old Town, is a popular hotspot for a drink with friends, lazy lunches and alfresco dining. Whilst Marbella has retained its traditional charm it has also become increasingly refined and now offers a wonderful shopping and socializing experience.