Benahavís - Hillside Village Costa del Sol



Where is Benahavis?

Benahavis is a Costa del Sol, hillside village in Spain. Located in Malaga province, 7km inland from the beach towns of Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona. The village is positioned on the Southern face of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range and spanned by a trio of rivers - Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmanza. An hour’s drive to the east, west, and north will have you at Malaga Airport, Gibraltar, or Ronda respectively; making it an ideal location from which to explore all the delights of Andalucia.


Benahavis Village

Famed for its restaurants and golf courses – it is a hotspot for foodies and golf lovers. It boasts mountain and sea views; and has plenty of nature trails perfect for walking and cycling. Benahavis is one of the richest municipalities in Spain -partly down to its high number of high-end developments which include La Zagaleta and El Madroñal – stretching over 150 km2 it is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places on the Costa del Sol

The village itself is quite small and is a mass of hilly cobbled streets and typically Andalusian whitewashed houses. Cafes, bars, and restaurants line the streets, mixed in with some small boutiques, bakeries, and the odd corner shop where you can find essentials.


Restaurants, hotels, and golf in Benahavis

Benahavis is home to a multitude of restaurants. This combined with the fantastically high quality of the food has led to the community gaining status as the “Dining Room of the Costa del Sol”.

There are several restaurants serving traditional Spanish dishes, Mediterranean cuisine, and a variety of foods from all over the world. One of the most locally celebrated dishes is “solomillo de cerdo aliñado” (marinated pork fillet). Also popular is fish and seafood caught locally and brought in through the ports of Marbella and Estepona.

Benahavis is home to several resorts, hotels, and guest houses, as well as plenty of serviced apartments, and villas. The two most notable five-star hotels are the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace and The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa (part of the Marriott chain). Both offer golf, leisure and wellness facilities, sumptuous dining, and amazing views of the mountainside.

In the village are the luxurious four-stars’ Hotel Amanhavis and the Gran Hotel Benahavis – with spacious comfortable rooms, and lavish food. The latter is architecturally structured in the style of an Andalusian farmhouse; the former being of Moorish design - complete with a dipping pool and an inner courtyard.

Golf is a big deal in Benahavis, and the number of courses in the municipality runs into double figures, meaning there is plenty of choice for the discerning golfer. The 5* hotels Villa Padierna and La Quinta have their own. The exclusive La Zagaleta development hosts one and then there is also Benahavis Hills Country club, Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club, Marbella club resort, and El Higueral: to name just a few.

All the courses vary in difficulty and design, but what you are guaranteed on each of them are some stunning views of the surrounding nature.


Sunday flea market - Benahavis

Every Sunday, located approx. 1 km before the village, is the weekly flea market. Set to a backdrop of the Guadalmina river gorge and the Las Angosturas Nature Reserve, here you will find stalls catering to every need and plenty of bargains.

Antiques, handmade furniture, artwork, discount designer gear and electrical goods; mix with second-hand pieces, assorted bric-a-brac and food stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, dried herbs, cheese, olives, and other local produce.

There is a place to grab coffee and tapas type dishes, it is a really fun and quirky way to spend a few hours on a Sunday.


Property in Benahavis

As you would expect there are private residential urbanizations, modern and exclusive developments and gated communities situated throughout the mountainside area.

La Zagaleta is home to some of the most expensive standalone properties in Spain, whilst the longer established Los Arqueros contains a mix of apartments, townhouses, duplexes, and triplexes as well as villas.



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