Stylish rural house to rent in historical village of Benaque (Macharaviaya), 25 minutes from Malaga city, 15 minutes drive to the sea
Lovely recovered old traditional village house with spectacular views to the valley at the back and the sea at the distance at the front. Lots of terrace space and small back very private garden with amazing views. Very quiet village, less than 100 inhabitants, 100% Spanish. The house has been tastefully decorated with old thick stone walls, terracota floors and wooden windows and doors for a very natural feel. Lots of light in every room, open plan living room. The house was renovated 5 years ago; all water supply piping and electrics are new. Sleeps 6.
Benaque is a small hamlet located 29 kilometres from Malaga (25 min drive) and 9 kilometres from the coast (15 min drive), at an altitude of 240 metres in the region of Axarquia.
Benaque was the birthplace of the poet, novelist and dramatist Salvador Rueda (1857-1933) whose work greatly featured Andalucian themes and to whom a small museum is dedicated in the village.
Benaque nestles in blissful countryside with a quaint, peaceful charm unique to the undiscovered Andalucia, yet is just a hop away from beachside resorts and the culture of Malaga city.
Benaque, as a hamlet, is administered by Macharaviaya, from which it is 1 km away.
Macharaviaya is a historically important and picturesque village. It was well-known far beyond the regional borders for being the home of the noble Galvez family, whose descendant Matías Earl of Galvez had been vice-king of New Spain. Nowadays, Macharaviaya's population is merely a few hundred. The historical center of the village has a preservation order on it. Some Spanish and foreign artists, ceramicists, painters and writers live among the villagers.
Every year in August, Macharaviaya hosts a festival honoring the patron saint of the village, Bernardo, when giant paella is cooked on an open fire that feeds hundreds. Variety and change is provided by the short distance to the Costa del Sol with its tourist attractions and the Andalusian cities with their rich history and famous sites.
Benaque's festival is on the first weekend of September.
Benaque only has one bar that basically serves drinks, but you can also have a meal prepared if you ask for it in advance. It also has a pharmacy. Bread is delivered everyday by the local "panadero", around 1.30pm, Spanish lunch time. "La goyi" comes by in her van twice a week selling very basic groceries. There is also a fish van twice a week. Main shops and supermarkets are to be found in the nearest large town in Rincon de la Victoria, 15 min drive.
In the summer, there is a communal swimming pool in Macharaviaya, entrance is only one euro. The swimming pool is lovely and very peaceful. You could walk from Benaque as it's only a kilometre and a half away, but the way back is very steep and the sun is too hot in the summer. By car, you are only 3 minutes away.
We can also provide a plastic quality simming pool in the garden.
Location of the house:
The property is a terraced house, located on the dramatic ridge of a hill with no houses in front or behind. This allows spectacular views of an un-inhabited valley behind, and mango, olive and almond trees to the front, with the sea in the distance.
- Panoramic view
- Free parking
- Smoking allowed
- Washing machine