Monte Mayor

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A master-planned development with 24-hour security, incorporating townhouses, single-family villas and large building plots, Monte Mayor boasts excellent views over its golf course to the Mediterranean


Monte Mayor is a 330-hectare estate, more than half of which is protected as green area, that occupies a swathe of sloping terrain in the municipality of Benahavís. The master-planned residential community includes luxury townhouses in a private village setting, and larger than average single-home plots, many of which have already been developed into high-end villas.

Monte Mayor was designed as a low density development from day one, making the most of its dramatic location in the hills behind the Costa del Sol, to provide far-reaching vistas from many of its prime plots. The 53 unique townhouses that make up La Heredia de Monte Mayor are, obviously, closer together, but still offer privacy to residents. The entire community benefits from 24-hour security for peace of mind.

The estate is located less than 10 kilometres above the A-7/N340 coast road and can be reached from either the Benahavís road, if coming from Marbella, or from Cancelada, if your journey starts in the west. Both Malaga-Costa del Sol and Gibraltar International Airports are less than a 45-minute drive away.

In the immediate area, there are more than a dozen golf courses, making Monte Mayor an ideal location for keen players, while the beaches of Estepona and Marbella are less than a quarter of an hour away. For fine dining, nightlife and local services, Puerto Banús and the N340 strip are conveniently close to the estate.


From their mountain top lookout, residents of this gated low-density community enjoy a panorama rarely equalled. The master-planned development offers large lots that guarantee the view from your townhouse or villa. So, descend to the shore to take in a wealth of experiences, or stay above the fray, and relax. Choose from among existing buildings or select from remaining plots to build the home of your dreams.

What is Monte Mayor?

This 330-hectare estate occupies a swathe of mountainside terrain in Benahavís municipality. Surrounded by protected lands, over half the estate is reserved as green space. This gives its secluded mountain village setting spectacular views from 580 metres above the sea. From day one, developers set out to create a low-density development of prime plots with expansive vistas. And they have remained committed to this ideal ever since. The master-planned community includes luxury townhouses and villas set on large plots protected by 24-hour security. Choose from several modern and classic Andalusian styles. Minutes away, you can walk through whitewashed Benahavis.

Shop, dine, or dance in chic San Pedro, Marbella, and Puerto Banús. Other important services that support your health, family, property, are mostly minutes away in Estepona and Marbella, or just an hour away in Malaga.

Where is Monte Mayor located, and how do I get to there?

The estate lies 7 kilometres from the coast. Access to Malaga and Gibraltar international airports remains close, approximately an hour either way. A short drive takes you to local hubs, where you can find excellent services and amenities. The mountains of Sierra Ronda are at your doorstep.

Everything you need or want is a short drive away. It’s just 15 minutes to Benahavis, 20 to Marbella, and 10 to Estepona. Here, you will find all the services and amenities important to enjoyable living. The estate is located less than 10 kilometres above the A-7/N340 coast road that runs along the New Golden Mile. If driving from Marbella, take the Benhavis road. From Estepona, take the exit at Cancelada.

What is the history of Monte Mayor?

Development of Monte Mayor’s 365 lots began in 2000. Early planning ensured a generous 2000m2 minimum plot size and 12% build ability, limiting development to 46% of the estate. Additionally, large areas of protected land surround it. This has guaranteed spaciousness, beauty, privacy, and ease—not to mention reliable values. The community’s name comes from the nearby ruins of Montemayor Castle, built in the 11th century to serve the last of Granada’s Muslim rulers.

Who lives in Monte Mayor?

Monte Mayor does not play to type. Homeowners tend to be over 30 years old, true. But beyond that, one finds great variety in age, nationality, and other traits. You will find families here, retirees and others who have it as their second home.

What is there to do near Monte Mayor?

The estate is deliberately designed to keep the bustle and crowds at bay. Look at our guides to Benahavis, Marbella, and Estepona. On each page you’ll find individual guides to dining, shopping, sports, and other activities. Within this Golden Triangle lie many smaller communities with something unique to share. Check out our individual area guidesto these towns. Start with places like San Pedro de Alcantara, Puerto Banus, Marbella Golden Mile, New Golden Mile, and Estepona’s Marina and Old Town.

What are the best beaches near Monte Mayor?

Beaches go on forever along the Costa del Sol. Endless choices, endless variety. Enjoy the sands in seclusion. Join divers and diving courses (like Simply Diving). Or look for the crowds, where you’ll no doubt find the best chiringuitos and beach clubs. It’s all there. See our guides to beaches in Marbella and Estepona for starters.

Are there any good restaurants near Monte Mayor?

Consult our guides to dining out in Marbella, Puerto Banus, Benahavis. All of these areas have incredible dining experiences. In Marbella you will find everything from Michelin star restaurants to charming and delicious foods from around the world. Benahavis is known internationally as a hidden gem of excellent restaurants and even chef training.

Is there any shopping near Monte Mayor?

You’ll find that every coastal town has its shops with something for any taste or budget. Start with our guide to shopping in Marbella, and check out some of the area guides listed above. In Marbella and Estepona you will find lots of shopping opportunities, whether you are looking for designer clothing boutiques or farmers’ and fishers’ markets with fresh produce, meat and fish.

What kind of family oriented activities are there near Monte Mayor?

With so many families coming to the Costa del Sol for their vacations, a whole infrastructure of family fun has grown up in the region. Your kids need never be bored, no matter what their particular passion. Water parks, Selwo animal and marine parks, Benalmádena Butterfly Park, a bio park, cable car, and even a crocodile park. If you love being active in the outdoors, you’ll also find hundreds of kilometres of trails to explore. Ascend Marbella’s famed La Concha. Hike from Benahavis. Join guided tours of local canyons and swim in their natural pools. Toward Ronda, dare the unforgettable Caminito del Rey. Or, explore the mountains of the Natural Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja outside Estepona.

Is Monte Mayor close to good golfing and tennis?

This whole stretch of coastline is a wealth of options for tennis, padel and golf players. In terms of golf courses alone there are around 70 courses to choose from along the length of the Costa del Sol. Check out the Royal Tennis Club, Don Carlos, Puente Romano, or Real Club Padel Marbella. They lie directly south of Monte Mayor, just minutes away on the coast. Most golf clubs have tennis and padelcourts as well.

For golf – just for starters – drive to the best courses on the Costa del Sol or around Benahavis in 20 minutes or less. Closest lies the Marbella Club Golf Resort, 3 minutes away. Golf or visit for meals, meeting, or fun. A few minutes beyond, toward the coast, try Los Flamingos and El Paraiso. Drive on, and the choices grow and grow. See our guides to golf in Marbella, Benahavis, and Estepona.

What type of properties are there on Monte Mayor? Buying and selling?

Monte Mayor incorporates townhouses, single-family villas, and large building plots, all of which boast excellent views over its golf course and out to the Mediterranean. You’ll find townhouses in the €600,000 to €900,000 range. Detached villas start at over €1 million and up to the €5 million range. If your dream home doesn’t appear, there are still plots available. Take a look at our Monte Mayor Property Listings, where we have both finished houses and stunning plots where you can build to your desires and needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t see what you want. As experts in the area, we often know of unlisted properties for sale and those listed with other agents. If you are looking to sell, we also have many people looking to buy just the right home in Monte Mayor.

Is Monte Mayor a good real estate investment?

Marbella has now achieved a worldwide reputation as one of Europe’s best-quality resort destinations. Monte Mayor has smartly carved out a unique position in Marbella real estate, by avoiding the urge to densify development. This allows it to focus on an exclusive niche of buyers. The pandemic changed buyer preferences, but it did not slow demand. Prices remained steady through the crisis and have been rising ever since. In fact, experts in all areas of development and real estate are reporting the greatest activity they have ever seen. Meanwhile, Monte Mayor’s commitment to a high-quality environment is paying off. Prices still remain competitive however when compared to rivals such the region’s most coveted areas, like La Zagaleta and El Madroñal. As a primary home, the secluded location still places one close to high quality schools, shopping, restaurants, clubs, and sports of all kinds. As a secondary home, the excellent market for residential tourism only continues to grow.

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