Benahavis is a beautiful, white Spanish mountain village just 7 km from the coast. The town is known for its charming, narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Benahavis is a 52-minute drive from Malaga airport, 17 minutes from Puerto Banus, 27 minutes from Marbella centre and 25 minutes from Estepona. The first thing you notice when you enter the village centre, is how remarkably unspoiled it still is. Benahavis is best known for its excellent restaurants and many golf courses in the immediate vicinity.
Although the village is small, the municipality itself is very large. It includes numerous mountain ranges, river valleys and forests, making it one of the most beautiful places on the Costa del Sol. Home to many golf courses and exclusive homes, the natural environment combined with a very low-density construction makes Benahavis very popular for property buyers on the Costa del Sol. Especially among foreigners looking for an oasis of calm and silence within reach of Marbella.
The town itself is surrounded by a natural park and retains a certain degree of a secluded, cosy atmosphere. La Zagaleta, an exclusive gated residential area and country club overlooking the village, lies within its municipal boundaries. Needless to say, it contributes to the status of Benahavis’ as the richest municipality per inhabitant in Andalusia. There are just over 7,100 people living in Benahavis. Like most resorts on the Costa del Sol, Benahavis is home to a lot of foreigners – almost 4,500. More than 40% of them are of British origin.
Benahavis has a total surface of 145 km2, and is located right between Marbella and Estepona on the Costa del Sol. The village of Benahavis is located 150 m above sea level. Its municipality border does almost reach the coast, while on the other side it reaches far inland up to the mountain range of a stunning natural park, called Sierra de las Nieves.
Benahavis is one of the most mountainous villages on the western Costa del Sol. Located near the resort beaches and the spectacular mountains of the Serrania de Ronda, the terrain is crossed by the rivers Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmansa. Places of great natural and historical importance can be found within its borders, such as El Cerro del Duque, Daidin and Montemayor Castle. This elegant area of Marbella will especially charm those people, who want to retreat a few kilometres from the ongoing activity on the vibrant coast.
Go to the beach! The nearest beaches are in Marbella and Estepona, and it takes about 10 minutes to reach them. Choose between the family-friendly beaches in San Pedro de Alcántara, the popular beach clubs in Puerto Banús (Ocean Club, Buddha Beach, La Sala By The Sea …) or quieter beaches west of Estepona.
The village may be small, but there are numerous restaurants to choose from. This, together with the high-quality cuisine, has led to Benahavis gaining popularity in gastronomy on the Costa del Sol. Benahavis is also the home of the Sabor a Málaga hotel school, whose students regularly win awards for their culinary skills. Some of the most prestigious restaurants on the Costa del Sol can be found in the village. You can taste traditional Spanish cuisine, or dishes with a modern twist, as well as cuisine from many corners of the world. The main ingredients are pork, lamb and game such as wild boar. Fresh fish and seafood caught in nearby Estepona and Marbella.
Owning real estate in Benahavis offers a great opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside. You can not only walk in the mountains or along the river, you can also play golf at one of the golf courses in Benahavis.
The Sunday market, held on the site on the way to the village, is one of the most popular markets on the Costa del Sol. It is a great Sunday morning activity that attracts many different buyers and sellers from the coastal areas. The Guadalmina River offers fantastic canyoning opportunities. The route along the river through waterfalls offers one of the most adventurous activities on the Costa del Sol. There is also a beautiful river walk that takes you over a spectacular bridge and along a traditional Moorish irrigation canal.
At the end of the 11th century, Benahavis was founded by the Arabs. The village was closely involved in the Arabic past of Andalusia, and in particular Marbella, the district to which it belonged in 1572. Benahavis, played an important role in disputes between successive Arab rulers in Andalusia, due to its strategic location. It was disputed for years by various military factions of the time. Its prominent location overlooking the coast, with up to one hundred kilometres of coastline visible in clear weather, and even the African coast, was very useful at a time when piracy and invasion were commonplace. The city owes its name to Havis, an 11th-century Moorish prince who ruled in Montemayor Castle. The name Benahavis is derived from the Arabic “Bin al Havis”, which is “the son of Havis”.
The castle’s strategic location attracted the attention of the Catholic kings, whose intention was to conquer the last Moorish kingdoms in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Isabel and Ferdinand’s troops had already besieged the Nazarite kingdom of Granada, but they decided first to occupy the nearby province of Málaga. Soon afterwards, on June 11, 1485, Benahavis, along with the places of Daidin, Montemayor Castle, Cortes Fortress, Ojen, Arboto, Almáchar, Tramores and Calalui Fort, in the Sierra Bermeja, all within the district of Marbella, were handed over to King Ferdinand the Catholic, by Mohammed Abuneza after the signing of the capitulation.
The Catholic Kings entrusted their custody to Don Pedro Villandrado, Count of Ribadeo, the first Christian mayor of Benahavis. From then on, a dispute arose between Benahavís and Marbella, which lasted three and a half centuries, until Benahavís reached the status of a fully independent community. As for Montemayor Castle, it is worth noting that as well as its impressive location, it had underground corridors to connect with the coast, large enough to accommodate a man on horseback, allowing the Arabs could move soldiers, food and weapons. In the 1960s a truck broke through the roof of one of these in the main square of the city.
The municipality of Benahavis in the Spanish city of Malaga is becoming increasingly popular. With an average annual temperature of 17 degrees Celsius, it is always enjoying a good climate. Benahavis can count on international interest. It is therefore often called the jewel of the Costa del Sol. Benahavis has a lot to offer .Numerous bars, popular restaurants, golf and luxury holiday homes. There are also some hotels such as the 4-star luxury spa hotel and excellent sports facilities. This is fully booked when the major European football teams come on a winter course on the Costa del Sol, just like in Marbella. The local real estate market in Benahavis attracts many wealthy people, looking for a premium holiday location.
Benahavis is often called the richest village in Spain. This may well be possible, it is adjacent to Marbella, and there is no clear geographical boundary to draw. The chic villa urbanisations of Marbella go unnoticed into that of Benahavís. For that reason, the real estate offer on our website (selection list) and located in Benahavís is also located under the area: Marbella. O.a. Europe’s most exclusive golf and country club “La Zagaleta” is located on its territory, like “El Madroñal”, “La Quinta”, Los Flamingos and “Los Arqueros”, but there are many more. Benahavís also has numerous golf courses. O.a. La Quinta golf, Los Arqueros Golf, Atalaya golf, Los Flamingos golf, La Zagaleta golf, Montemayor golf and Marbella Club Golf Resort.
Benahavis is home to many exclusive and high-quality homes and developments. La Zagaleta is a private estate of luxury villas with a golf course and a riding school. La Alqueria is a new development area of exclusive villas and is also home to contemporary modern developments such as Atalaya Hills. Los Arqueros is one of the most famous areas with an exceptional golf course, and is also home to new botanical developments. The surrounding districts of La Reserva de Alcuzcuz and Los Almendros offer peace and tranquillity in a natural environment. Closer to the coast, and next to Atalaya Golf & Country Club, we are working on modern developments such as Cataleya and Terrazas de Atalaya. These offer a modern lifestyle in an exceptional environment.
Benahavis is currently home of 9 of the 60 golf courses on the Costa del Sol; This number will rise to fifteen in the coming decades. This region of Marbella, despite its recent development, has retained its authenticity. Its charming typical white villages with a modern infrastructure has attracted many investors/tourists in recent years.
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