Benahavís is a charming little town located in the Serranía de Ronda, between Marbella and Estepona, on Malaga’s famed ‘New Golden Mile’. Exclusive homes, excellent schools, first-class golf courses, unique natural surroundings and outstanding views of the Mediterranean are some of the features that make this town so popular with its residents and visitors alike.
Situated in the western part of the Costa del Sol, Benahavís perfectly combines the characteristic beauty of traditional Andalusian villages – whitewashed houses and narrow streets – with all the advantages of modernity, structural excellence and services enjoyed by one of the fastest growing residential tourism destinations of the region. Benahavís is not only a popular high-end resort; it is also a key location in the real estate developments stretching along the Andalucian coast to Marbella, where new houses and apartments are being built to sell and live in all year round.
As well as the outstanding natural beauty of the geography that surrounds Benahavís, the town itself is renowned for being home to one of the most exclusive housing developments in Southern Europe: La Zagaleta. The local area boasts 12 top quality golf courses, El Higueral Golf and Los Arqueros being the most elite. The area is also famed for its rated local and international gastronomy. The local town council prides itself on promoting a cosmopolitan culture that welcomes people with open arms, whether they live here all year round or visit on holiday. This welcoming and international atmosphere is what local mayor, José Antonio Mena, believes makes the town so special.
Benahavís is just 20 kilometres from Marbella and Estepona, while San Pedro de Alcántara, is just a 15-minute drive away. The bustling city of Malaga is within easy striking distance, just 80 kilometres up the coast, it is easily accessible for residents and tourists alike. You can be at the Aeropuerto Internacional Málaga-Costa del Sol within the hour, and Malaga railway station is a main hub for both local branch lines, as well as intercity connections to big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. The area is well serviced for motorways; the Autovía del Mediterráneo (A-7) and the Autopista del Sol (AP-7) run right along the Malaga coastline, from East to West.
LIVING IN BENAHAVÍS: FOOD & NIGHTLIFE
Its restaurants are one of the main draws for visitors to the town of Benahavís, and those who live here are lucky enough to be able to enjoy the very best cuisine all year round. Restaurants such as El Castillo, La Sartén de Benahavís or Rufino are considered to be the very pinnacle of Benahavís’s gastronomic offering. You can also easily jump in the car and head down to Puerto Banus, or Old Town Marbella, which is just a 10 or 15-minute drive away. Foodies will find Michelin star restaurants to satisfy even the most demanding of palettes.
Entertainment and nightlife form a big part of what the town of Benahavís has to offer. Traditional celebrations such as Carnival, Semana Santa, the summer feria, and of course Christmas, are always packed with a proliferation of parties, events and fun for all the family to enjoy. The proximity to Old Town Marbella, Mijas and Estepona, means you can get involved in the array of seasonal activities and festivities that are celebrated throughout the year on the Costa del Sol.
Nature lovers will not be disappointed; the region hosts many idyllic spots, which can be enjoyed in many different ways, from walking to canyoning. Places like el Cerro del Duque, El Coto de la Zagaleta, El Paraje de las Máquinas and el Valle del Guadalmansa are truly spectacular places of extreme natural beauty. The caves of Puerto Capuchino, La Leche reservoir and the Charca de las Mozas are equally famed for their unique and stunning geography.
If you feel like hitting the beach or taking a stroll along the seashore, the coast is just a short drive away. Take the MA-547 to San Pedro de Alcántara, then get on to the Autovía del Mediterráneo, and you’ll soon be sunning yourself on some of the finest beaches of the Malaga coastline, for example Cabopino, Las Dunas de Artola, or Nagüeles and Puerto Banús. At the latter you will find some of the most lively beach clubs on this part of the coast; Nikki Beach, Ocean Beach Club or Puro Beach Marbella, are amongst the most famous party spots.
Shopping is another favoured pastime of visitors to Benahavís. The Costa del Sol, in particular Marbella and Puerto Banús, is home to many luxury fashion stores, all offering the most exclusive clothing and accessory brands available. If you take the A-7 road, in a few minutes you’ll arrive at La Cañada shopping mall, where you can find all the top quality shops you’d expect, including El Corte Inglés department store.
FAMILY HEALTH & EDUCATION IN BENAHAVÍS
Children of families who reside in the town of Benahavís enjoy a high standard of education; one of the region’s top-rated schools, el Colegio Atalaya de Estepona, is just 20 kilometres away and within easy access from Benahavís. Further west, in Marbella and Mijas, there are plenty more bilingual schools to choose from, making the area very well suited for young families.
Another bonus of living in the area is its well-established network of hospitals, health clinics and wellness centres; anyone requiring medical attention, or seeking beauty treatment, will find here first-rate medical support and the very latest in aesthetic therapies. One of the most prominent health and wellness centres in the area is the Hotel Sol Meliá La Quinta, which is located in Benahavís and has its own oriental massage complex.
EXCLUSIVE HOMES IN LUXURY COMMUNITIES IN BENAHAVÍS
A population of around 6000, Benahavís is a very manageable size; combined with its tranquil atmosphere, it is the perfect destination either for a short visit, or a place to call home. Local residents can choose from a broad range of neighbourhoods, all of which bear the hallmarks that have come to be associated with this town: exclusivity, high quality infrastructure and modern services.
El Casar Community, Benahavís.
Situated opposite the straights of the Guadalmina River, one of the key features of this residential community is the magnificent views it enjoys. Built in the traditional Andalusian style with whitewashed façades and wrought iron balconies, this exclusive estate has communal areas that comprise three large swimming pools, landscaped gardens, a gym and a sauna. El Casar is a truly outstanding place to live.
El Madroñal Community, Benahavís
Situated close to the main road to Ronda, these homes have local shops, bars and restaurants right on their doorstep. The community boasts large, capacious homes, complete with swimming pools and gardens, all built in the unmistakable design style that is characteristic of the region of Andalusia. The panoramic views of the ocean are spectacular.
La Alquería Community, Benahavís
This residential community of detached homes is set in the lush grounds of the Atalaya Golf and Country Club, and offers superlative views of the course itself. La Alquería boasts some truly magnificent properties; there are also prime lots of land still available on which to build your dream home in Benahavís.
La Heredia Community, Benahavís
Its architecture faithfully reflects the style typical of the region, with characterful white houses, open squares and pedestrianised streets. La Heredia comprises a mixture of apartments, townhouses and villas of varying shapes and sizes, all of which enjoy the utmost privacy and security. The outlook La Heredia enjoys over the Mediterranean and the Costa del Sol is unrivalled.
Los Arqueros Community, Benahavís
This resort is located on the fringes of the Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club. It is made up of various communities – El Lago, Los Olivos, Los Robles, La Torre and Las Jacarandas – all of which enjoy splendid views of the sea, mountains and golf course. In the communal areas you have a swimming pool, lush gardens, a fully equipped gym, tennis, squash and paddle-ball courts, as well as a club bar and restaurant.
La Zagaleta Community.
Located near the road to Ronda, La Zagaleta is considered one of the most exclusive and upscale residential communities in southern Europe. It hosts a wide range of properties, all are luxurious and incredibly spacious; they come fully equipped with their own swimming pool, garden and gym, amongst other lavish features. There is a private golf course, as well as an equestrian centre, for the exclusive use of members and residents of La Zagaleta.