Benahavis: Nature and gastronomy in the ‘Golden Triangle’

Exclusive homes, excellent schools, magnificent golf courses, unique natural surroundings, high quality restaurants and magnificent views of the Mediterranean in one of the richest locations on the Costa del Sol. All this and much more is offered by Benahavis, a charming town in Malaga located in the surroundings of the Serrania de Ronda, between Marbella and Estepona, next to which it forms the so-called ‘New Golden Mile’ or “the Golden Triangle”.

Entrance to Benahavis

This municipality in the region of the Western Costa del Sol crossed by the rivers Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmansa perfectly combines the beauty so characteristic of the white villages, of whitewashed houses and narrow streets, with the modernity and excellence in infrastructures and services typical of a place that is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol. Not only is it at the forefront of the increase in real estate operations on the Andalusian coast, but it is also one of the locations with the most new apartment developments for sale.

The town is known for hosting one of the most exclusive urbanizations in southern Europe, La Zagaleta, for its excellent golf courses – especially Los Flamingos, Los Arqueros, La Quinta and the Marbella Club Resort, among others, and for its cuisine, with national and international cuisine that is already a sign of identity of the place.

And all of this is only 20 kilometres from Marbella and Estepona, very close to San Pedro de Alcántara, through which you can reach Benahavís. Malaga city is approximately 80 kilometres away and this gives the region another essential quality for residents and tourists, excellent connectivity. In one hour you can reach the International Airport Málaga-Costa del Sol and the Renfe train station, with high speed trains that connect with important cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Road connections allow you to get there quickly and safely: the Mediterranean motorway (A-7) and the Autopista del Sol (AP-7) which run along the Malaga coast.

Living in Benahavis: Gastronomy and Leisure

The restoration is one of the magnets of the municipality for visitors. Those who live in Benahavís have the privilege of being able to enjoy any day of the week of the best gastronomic proposals in places as well known as the restaurant El Castillo, the Frying Pan of Benahavís or Rufino make up a culinary offer, of the best of the Costa del Sol. There is also the option of taking the car and in ten or fifteen minutes be in the heart of Puerto Banus or by the Golden Mile of Marbella, where we find several establishments with Michelin stars that delight the most demanding palates.

The entertainment and fun are part of the agenda of the municipality. Traditions such as Carnival, Easter, the traditional Rosary Fair in October and Christmas are usually accompanied by an intense programme of celebrations for the whole family, for adults and children. And the aforementioned proximity to the historic centre of Marbella or to Mijas and Estepona also allows one to participate in the many activities that are celebrated throughout the year on the Costa del Sol.

Nature lovers will find in the region places of great value, both for hiking and canyoning. Enclaves like the Cerro del Duque, the Coto de la Zagaleta, the Paraje de las Máquinas and the Valle del Guadalmansa are spectacular for enjoying the not so well known nature of the Costa del Sol. The Cave of Puerto Capuchino, the reservoir of La Leche or the Charca de las Mozas are also very famous. Other attractions are the watchtowers that were built in the 13th century, and can still be visited, such as the Torre Leonera, Tramores, Estéril, Torrecilla.

If we want to enjoy the sea, following the MA-547 to San Pedro de Alcántara, taking the Mediterranean Highway at this point, we can quickly reach what are considered the best beaches along the entire coast of Malaga: Puerto Banús, Cabopino, the spot of the Artola Dunes or Elviria. The latter are home to some of the liveliest beach clubs on the coast, such as Nikki Beach, Ocean Beach Club or Puro Beach Marbella.

Shopping is another leisure option for residents and visitors to Benahavis. The Costa del Sol has the presence of the most recognized brands in the world of fashion and accessories, with a concentration of the most exclusive shops in Marbella, in the area of Puerto Banus. Taking the A-7, you can reach shopping centres such as La Cañada or El Corte Inglés in a few minutes, where you can find very exclusive international luxury brands.

Education and health in Benahavis, To live with your family

Golf Course in Benahavis

The families living in the municipality have the possibility to give their children an international and quality education. One of the educational centres of reference on the Costa del Sol, the Atalaya School in Estepona, with quick access from Benahavis. Other bilingual school complexes can also be selected towards the western part of the coast, such as Aloha College, Swans, the Deutsche Schule, Svenska Skolan in Marbella or the British College in Benalmádena. This makes the town an ideal place to settle down with the family.

Health, fitness and wellness is another ‘pros’ of living in the region. There are important health infrastructures, hospitals and clinics that provide excellent care. Those who want to have access to beauty and aesthetic treatments, to take care of themselves inside and out, will find beauty centres with the latest in aesthetic care treatments. One of the most recommended establishments is the Anantara Villa Padierna Hotel, which offers a wide variety of beauty services, massages and treatments, as well as exclusive restaurants.

Exclusive homes in luxury urbanizatios in Benahavis

About 6,000 people live in Benahavís, which gives the municipality a perfect environment that combines the life of visitors and the tranquility of those who have chosen this beautiful village to live. Residents have the opportunity to choose between apartment developments with large garden areas, properties with swimming pools and sports facilities in various types of environments, penthouses with spectacular panoramic views, properties around the golf courses, or the exclusivity of the villas in Benahavis with high quality infrastructure and services as a sign of identity.

Benahavis areas

Whether you want to buy your holiday home or as a permanent residence, it is important to get to know the different areas of Benahavís as it is a very wide municipality with a great variety of environments and lifestyles. These are the most important residential areas of Benahavis.

Brand new development in La Quinta Benahavis

La Quinta: La Quinta Golf and Spa Resort, in Benahavís, directly connected to Nueva Andalucía, Marbella offers its players 27 holes in which to enjoy their favourite activity. The golf course is surrounded by spectacular villas, apartment complexes and townhouses, just 10 minutes from Puerto Banus. It has a clubhouse, and is an area of enormous growth and high potential for investors.

Los Flamingos: The area is developed around the Los Flamingos, Tramores and El Higueral Golf Club, a country club environment between San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona and less than three kilometres from the beach and 15 minutes from Marbella. The urbanization is mostly composed of luxurious contemporary villas, with large gardens, lots of privacy and spectacular views that can vary between sea and mountains, with golf as a common element.

El Madroñal and La Heredia: are located on the road to Ronda and have all kinds of services in the vicinity (shops, bars, restaurants). The visas to the sea are spectacular. It is a group of apartments, townhouses and villas of different sizes and shapes that stand out for the privacy of the residents and security, as both urbanizations have private surveillance.

Villa in Los Flamingos Benahavis

La Alquería: Residential located in the Atalaya Golf and Country Club composed of independent houses. It is on the Atalaya Golf Course, so the view from there is impressive. It has already built houses and plots available for those who are interested in building their dream home in Benahavis.

Los Arqueros: This resort is built around Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club. It consists of several urbanizations -El Lago, Los Olivos, Los Robles, La Torre and Las Jacarandas- that have a community pool and green areas, views of the sea, the mountains and the golf course and very interesting common areas: tennis courts, paddle tennis, squash, equipped gym, bar and restaurant of the club house, etc.

La Zagaleta: It is on the road to Ronda and is considered one of the most exclusive, safe and privileged residential areas in southern Europe. It houses mostly luxury villas with swimming pool, gardens, gymnasium, among others. They have a golf course and horse riding centre for the exclusive use of members and residents of La Zagaleta

Montemayor and Marbella Club Resort: An urbanization with 24 hour security, which includes townhouses, single family villas and large construction plots, Monte Mayor has excellent views over its Mediterranean golf course.

El Paraiso: Located right around El Paraiso Golf Club, El Paraiso includes a mix of well established apartment developments, townhouses and villas to suit all budgets. Because of its location, most properties have spectacular views. The area is about a 10 minute drive from the centre of Benahavis and less than five minutes from San Pedro de Alcantara, and can be easily accessed by several exits from the A7 coastal road.

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