Best of both worlds: authentic Andalucía and cosmopolitan living in Benahavís, on Spain’s Costa del Sol
Benahavís is a picturesque village situated high in the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda, to the northeast of Estepona, between the Sierra Bermeja and Sierra Blanca mountain ranges. Visitors and locals access the hamlet from the coast via a scenic country road that winds up and through the Guadalmina river valley. Among the many attractions of Benahavís are its outstanding natural beauty and a host of quality restaurants that have given the town a well deserved fame within fine dining circles.
Benahavís is also a perfect destination for golf lovers, as the area is surrounded by prestigious courses including the Marbella Club Golf Club, Los Arqueros, El Paraiso, Los Flamingos, Atalaya Golf and Guadalmina Golf, to name a few
Among the noteworthy residential complexes in Benahavís is El Casar, a set of luxury apartments and townhouses built in a contemporary Andalusian white village style and designed to incorporate modern features such as spacious living rooms and state-of-the-art furnishings. The development features an indoor swimming pool, gym and a clubhouse that is open to the public.
The ultimate sought-after address in the region is undoubtedly La Zagaleta, which impressively features two private 18-hole golf courses and the esteemed La Zagaleta Golf and Country Club.
Perceived as one of the most exclusive residential locations in Europe, the urbanisation boasts stunning views over greens and fairways, and its amenities go far beyond what anyone would expect, even from a guarded community of such standing. The incredible facilities at La Zagaleta include two golf courses, a racquets club, a clubhouse, an equestrian centre and even an organic produce shop.
La Zagaleta, and similarly upmarket country clubs such as El Madroñal, La Heredia, La Quinta and La Reserva de Alcuzcuz represent the luxury options within the Benahavís area, but even the charming village is itself a firm favourite with lots to offer.
Originally written on Aug 31, 2009, updated by Adam Neal on Dec 19, 2018.
Adam Neale | December, 2018