Area Guide to Benahavis

A Guide to Benahavís

Nestled within the picturesque foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves mountains, Benahavís is a hidden gem on the Costa del Sol. This charming village and municipality presents the perfect blend of countryside serenity and luxurious living, making it a fantastic destination for residents and visitors alike.

Renowned for its world-class golf facilities and exceptional food scene, the village of Benahavís has made its name as a culinary hotspot on the Costa del Sol. With an impressive concentration of restaurants, boasting at least thirty per square kilometre, Benahavís offers a diverse array of high-quality cuisine that has earned it the title of the culinary capital of Andalucía. Such acclaim has even led to the establishment of a prestigious culinary arts and hotel management school within the village, underscoring its reputation as a gastronomic destination of distinction.

In the wider municipality, Benahavís is one of the most exclusive areas for luxury property on the Costa del Sol, with property prices averaging at around €2.21 million. It currently stands as the most expensive area in Spain, according to Idealista. However, the range of properties available in the Benahavís area is extensive, catering to diverse preferences and lifestyles. From cosy holiday homes nestled near golf courses to lavish hilltop villas boasting stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean, the options are plentiful. Coupled with its pristine natural surroundings, it comes as no surprise that Benahavís is considered a premier residential and tourist destination, rivalling Marbella on the international stage.

A Guide to Benahavís

Benahavís’ Location

What is important to distinguish is that Benahavís is both a village and a municipality. The village of Benahavís can be found 7km inland off of the A-7 coast road, between Estepona and Marbella, perched some 500 metres above sea level. However, the municipality of Benahavís extends from the Los Flamingos and Atalaya areas of Estepona, as well as towards La Quinta, close to Marbella.

Travelling to and from Benahavís is a breeze, thanks to its convenient location and excellent transportation links. The area offers effortless access to domestic and international destinations via road, rail, and air. For air travellers, Málaga-Costa del Sol International Airport (AGP) is a short 55-minute drive east of Benahavís, while Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) is a 1-hour drive to the west. Both airports offer convenient connections to the US, UK, Europe, and beyond, as well as quick flights within Spain.

Travellers can explore the Iberian Peninsula by rail, starting from Málaga’s newly renovated María Zambrano or Algeciras railway stations, both less than an hour away by car. Spain offers the largest fleet of high-speed trains in Europe, ensuring swift and comfortable journeys from Málaga to popular destinations like Seville, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia.

Within the village, Benahavís’ bus station is located at the entrance of the village and offers links to the nearby town of San Pedro de Alcántara, as well as Marbella. You’ll also find an ample number of taxis operating within the area if needed. Within the wider municipality, you’ll find a fantastic public transportation system that is both affordable and runs regularly to Estepona, Marbella and San Pedro de Alcántara and further afield.

Benahavís benefits from excellent connectivity via modern highways, encompassing both toll and public roads like the AP-7 and the picturesque N-340 (A-7), which runs along the coastline.

Benahavís’ History

Benahavís has its origins in the late 11th century, established by the Moors. Its name, ‘Benahavís,’ derives from ‘Son of Havis’ (Ben al Havis). Positioned strategically atop elevated terrain, Benahavís commanded expansive views reaching kilometres to the coastline. This elevated location served as a crucial advantage, offering both seclusion and defence against potential threats. Today, traces of this historical importance endure in the architectural legacy and ancient castles that adorn Benahavís’ landscape.

Areas in Benahavís

La Zagaleta

Renowned for its exclusivity, La Zagaleta is a secluded luxury enclave, attracting discerning individuals in search of utmost privacy. Nestled between mountains and hills, its spacious villas and mansions offer a retreat from the bustling coastal lifestyle, while remaining conveniently accessible by a short drive. Properties here often boast breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains, albeit with starting prices typically around €3 million.

As one of the most prestigious addresses for real estate investment on the Costa del Sol, La Zagaleta offers its residents a host of exclusive amenities. Beyond the 24-hour manned security gates lie a clubhouse and helipad, while a dedicated concierge service ensures residents’ needs are met around the clock. The estate is also home to two challenging 18-hole golf courses, along with a comprehensive equestrian centre.

El Madroñal

Yet another sought-after luxury enclave for homebuyers is El Madroñal, situated in close proximity to La Zagaleta, on the opposite side of the road. Characterised by multiple gated entrances, this area boasts a diverse array of villa styles and mansions. While not reaching the pinnacle of luxury offered by La Zagaleta, El Madroñal remains a prestigious address prized for its serene ambience and convenient proximity to the coastline and essential amenities.

Monte Halcones

Nestled in the picturesque hills overlooking Marbella, Monte Halcones is a mature residential community offering a blend of apartments, villas, and townhouses. With its convenient access to amenities such as shopping and dining, it presents an ideal option for residents seeking a tranquil retreat away from the bustling coast, yet it remains within convenient reach. Many properties in Monte Halcones boast panoramic vistas of the stunning surrounding landscapes.

La Heredia

Located close to Monte Halcones, Le Heredia is a purpose-built residential complex designed in a charming village style. Featuring a bar, butchers and restaurant, and ample parking at its lower sections, the complex is nestled into the hills, with steep streets and roads winding through townhouses and apartments. Properties in Le Heredia offer splendid views of the mountains, surrounding countryside, or the sea, making it an attractive option for buyers seeking a village-like lifestyle without residing in an actual village. Despite slightly smaller property sizes compared to other locations, the unique structure and layout of Le Heredia homes add to their appeal, drawing buyers in search of a holiday retreat or permanent residence.

La Quinta

Golf enthusiasts flock to La Quinta, one of the most vibrant urbanizations in Benahavís, drawn by its premier golf offerings. The area features three interconnected 9-hole courses, forming an expansive 18-hole round, all nestled within the esteemed Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa. Renowned for its top-notch sports training facilities, frequented by elite European clubs, the resort epitomizes luxury and leisure.

Properties in La Quinta are vast, ranging from affordable apartments to lavish detached villas and cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Architectural styles vary from traditional Spanish aesthetics to cutting-edge modern designs, adding to the area’s allure. Stretching from Monte Halcones to the Marbella borders with Nueva Andalucía, La Quinta offers a picturesque setting with breathtaking views.

While La Quinta itself hosts limited dining and shopping options, residents can easily access a plethora of establishments within a short drive. Exciting developments like Real de la Quinta promise to elevate the area’s appeal further, introducing luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, and boutique shops.

Los Arqueros

Los Arqueros is a sought-after destination for property buyers in Benahavís. With various apartment and townhouse complexes, each boasting unique architectural styles, the area offers diverse selection of housing options. Accessible from two main points – either via the Ronda Road near Monte Halcones or the lower section near the Benahavís Road – Los Arqueros provides convenient entry points for residents.

Initially developed along the side closest to the golf course, Los Arqueros features properties set on different levels, showcasing a blend of traditional Andalucían and modern contemporary designs. The extension towards the 9-hole El Higueral Golf Course introduces newer, more contemporary apartments and townhouses, expanding the housing choices. The Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club even has its own indoor bowling alley, fitness centre, tennis and paddle courts and café, bar and restaurant.

Los Flamingos

In this prestigious residential enclave, golf enthusiasts will find themselves spoiled with access to three top-tier golf courses: Los Flamingos, Alferini, and Tramores. Renowned for its luxurious amenities, Los Flamingos is also home to the esteemed five-star Villa Padierna Hotel, which Michele Obama once graced with her presence during a visit to the Costa del Sol. The residential offerings in Los Flamingos span from contemporary apartments to opulent villas. With its panoramic views and close proximity to the local amenities, this tranquil retreat is perfect for those seeking a luxury lifestyle just a short 5-minute drive from the coast.

El Paraíso Alto

El Paraiso, situated between Benahavís and Estepona, has long been favoured by homebuyers and investors seeking proximity to amenities without the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts. Predominantly composed of villas, with some apartment complexes and townhouses interspersed, the area offers a diverse range of housing options to suit various preferences.

Properties in El Paraíso Alto come in different sizes and architectural styles, often custom-built according to town hall regulations on purchased plots. Residents enjoy convenient access to the coast and shops, all within a short 5-minute drive from most parts of the neighbourhood. In recent years, the area of El Paraíso Heights has seen the construction of sleek, modern villas, adding a contemporary flair to the community’s housing landscape.

To find out more about Benahavís and frequently asked questions about Benahavís, head over to our Why Buy in Benahavís page.

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