Benahavís area guide

Benahavís has many delightful and positive aspects that have ensured its reputation in recent years as a place that provides a high standard of living. Surrounded by golf courses and boasting an enviable choice of restaurants it is now known as ‘the Costa del Sol’s dining room’, and encloses some of the most exclusive residential real estate in Europe.

Benahavis view

The municipality of Benahavís is home to a population of approximately 7,000 residents most of whom live outside of the village centre in prestigious urbanisations. Residents of these developments have access to excellent amenities, the charming historical hamlet and spectacular views over the countryside down to the sea.

Benahavís stands at an altitude of 160 metres, just ten minutes drive from the coast, and it covers an area of 145 square kilometres. The municipality shares borders with cosmopolitan Marbella to the east, charming Estepona to the west, and magnificent Ronda to the north, and its territory is crossed by three rivers: Guadaiza, Guadalmansa and Guadalmina, and reaches its highest point (1,379 metres above sea level) at the peak of Palmitera in the Sierra de las Nieves range.

Benahavís is 80 kilometres west of Málaga and only 70 kilometres from its international airport (AGP) that can be reached from either the AP7 toll highway or the N340 coast road, via the well-surfaced MA547 provincial route.

This quiet whitewashed village is surrounded by beautiful natural parkland and dramatic mountain peaks. Visitors to the area have much to explore including the remains of watchtowers from the Moorish period and the ruins of the Castillo de Montemayor that dates back to the 10th century.

For those wanting to stay over night, the five-star Meliá La Quinta and Villa Padierna offer unrivalled luxury, while smaller boutique hotels like the Amanhavís and Hotel Gran Benahavis in the village, provide a more intimate feel. The numerous and high quality of Benahavís’ bars and restaurants offer many a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink or delicious meal.

Golf course, Benahavis

Properties in and around Benahavís include traditional townhouses in the village centre to modern apartments in complexes close to the area’s golf courses, and the remarkable country club estates inhabited by the uber wealthy such as La Zagaleta and El Madroñal.

For more information on the property available for sale in Benahavis and its surroundings, please contact us today.

Originally published in December 2000, updated by Adam Neale in September 2018