Why buy in Benahavís


Nestled within the picturesque Málaga province, just 7 km from the sun-kissed coast, lies the tranquil Spanish gem of Benahavís. A mere 20-minute drive from the vibrant energy of Marbella, this enchanting village and municipality offers a serene retreat surrounded by the gorgeous Andalucían countryside. Tucked snugly in a valley, Benahavís boasts the charm of a classic white mountain village, beckoning with a plethora of nature-inspired activities, all while conveniently located just 10 minutes from San Pedro Alcántara and a short 15-minute drive from the glamour of Puerto Banús.

The village of Benahavís offers a great selection of traditional townhouses and apartments, as well as a small selection of traditional villas. However, it is across the municipality that we see an incredible range of properties on offer. From ultra-prestige residences in the rolling hillsides to contemporary apartments and townhouses, there is something for a wide range of tastes and budgets here.

Aside from the wide range of property options, there’s a wide range of activities to suit every taste and preference. For outdoor enthusiasts, the surrounding natural beauty invites exploration through hiking trails that wind through the picturesque countryside. Adventurers can test their skills with activities like river canyoning or rock climbing, while those seeking relaxation can opt for leisurely walks along the reservoir or picnics amidst the stunning landscapes.

Golf aficionados will find themselves in paradise with access to world-class golf courses, offering challenging fairways against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Meanwhile, foodies can delight in the culinary delights that Benahavís is renowned for, with its plethora of traditional Spanish restaurants as well as a multitude of International eateries.

Why Buy in Benahavis

For those interested in history and culture, a visit to the ancient ruins and historic sites scattered throughout the area provides insight into Benahavís’ rich heritage. And with its proximity to the coast, a day trip to nearby beaches offers the perfect opportunity for sunbathing, swimming, or enjoying water sports. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Benahavís has something for everyone.

Whether you’re seeking a holiday retreat, permanent residence, or investment opportunity, Benahavís embodies paradise on the Costa del Sol. Experience the magic of Benahavís with Winkworth, your trusted partner in buying and selling property in this much sought after area. Contact our local experts today to explore the endless possibilities that Benahavís has to offer.

For more information about Benahavís, check out our Benahavís Area Guide.

FAQs when buying in Benahavís

1. Is Benahavís a town?

You may have already noticed this, but many larger towns in Spain are also municipalities, and Benahavís is no exception. The village can be found more inland at an elevation of around 500m above sea level, but the municipality itself extends across 145 km2.

2. What dining options does Benahavís offer?

If you’re a foodie, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Benahavís! Dubbed ‘La Sartén de Andalucía’ (the frying pan of Andalucía), this charming village is heaven for food enthusiasts, offering a plethora of restaurants serving authentic Andalucían cuisine at its finest. With many establishments sourcing their ingredients locally, a drive around the village reveals signs proudly proclaiming Benahavís as the gastronomic corner of Andalucia.

3. Are there any golf courses in Benahavís?

Benahavís is a premier golf destination, boasting an impressive array of 12 courses spanning 8 prestigious clubs. Among these, golf enthusiasts can tee off at renowned venues such as the 18-hole Marbella Club Golf, crafted by the renowned Dave Thomas, and Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club, featuring an 18-hole par-71 course envisioned by the legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros. Other highlights include the acclaimed Los Flamingos Golf Club, which has hosted prestigious tournaments like the European Senior Championship and the Spanish Women’s Open, as well as El Higueral Golf Club, offering a scenic nine-hole resort course. Additionally, La Quinta Golf & Country Club beckons with its expansive 27-hole layout and top-notch golf academy, while La Zagaleta boasts two exclusive courses, including the revered Old course exclusively accessible to residents.

4. How far is Málaga Airport from Benahavís?

Depending on where you are heading, the travel time from Málaga Airport to most of Benahavís is around 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

5. Are there any supermarkets in Benahavís?

Within the village, there is a Carrefour Mini Supermarket, as well as a grocery store, but the main supermarkets, including Mercadona and Lidl, can be found downhill, around 5 to 10 km from the village itself. Around the municipality, or by travelling to nearby Marbella, you’ll find an even wider selection of supermarkets including Aldi, Supercor, Día and Hipercor.

6. Are there shops in Benahavís?

Whilst the village of Benahavís is small, there are some lovely boutiques scattered around the village and various residential complexes. For a more extensive range of shops, you can travel to nearby San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, Puerto Banús or Estepona. You will also find a large shopping centre in Marbella, called La Cañada, which hosts a wide range of popular retail stores, as well as restaurants and even a cinema.

7. Are there any international schools in Benahavís?

Thanks to the proximity to Marbella, there is a wide range of international schools to choose from, many within a 10 to 20 minute drive from Benahavís. Some of the most popular schools include Swans School in Nagüeles, Calpe in San Pedro de Alcántara, Laude in San Pedro de Alcántara, Aloha College in Nueva Andalucía and Marbella International University in Marbella.

8. What healthcare facilities are there in Benahavís?

Most of the major healthcare options are located outside of Benahavís, however, the standard of care is very high. The closest private hospital is Hospiten in Estepona, and the closest public hospitals can be found in Estepona and Marbella. There are also several private clinics within the local area.

9. What is there to see and do in Benahavís?

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’re going to love Benahavís. As the area is overlooked by the stunning Sierra de las Nieves mountains, the landscape of the area is full of lush greenery, making it ideal for those who love walking or hiking. If you prefer something more challenging, the Benahavís River Walk, a canyoning route through the Guadalmina River, is an excellent way to spend an afternoon or to cool off in the summer heat. If history is your thing, take a walk through the village and visit the Montemayor Castle, dating back to the 10th century, or spot one of the several watchtowers dotted around the area.

10. Is Benahavís a good place to retire?

If you dream of spending your retirement basking in the mild Mediterranean sunshine, surrounded by incredible views, natural beauty, and an impressive range of activities, Benahavís fits the bill. This idyllic retirement destination offers the perfect blend of luxury and affordability. With a significant expat population, including a third who are British, you’ll find services conveniently available in English and other languages alongside Spanish. Embrace a vibrant community of fellow expats, fostering shared activities and lasting friendships amidst this charming haven.

11. Is Benahavís a good place to buy a holiday home?

Benahavís is an excellent choice for buying a holiday home for several reasons. Firstly, its picturesque location in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves mountains offers stunning natural beauty and a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and escapism. Secondly, the village boasts a rich foodie scene, providing a delightful gastronomic experience for holidaymakers. Additionally, Benahavís is conveniently located just a short drive from the coast, allowing easy access to the beaches and amenities of the Costa del Sol. With its charming village atmosphere, diverse leisure activities, and proximity to popular tourist destinations, Benahavís is indeed an ideal place to invest in a holiday home.

Why buy with Winkworth?

Ready to make the move to Benahavís? With Winkworth as your trusted partner, you’ll have access to a wealth of expertise and personalised service every step of the way. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in this idyllic corner of the Costa del Sol, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition. From luxurious sprawling estates to charming townhouses and apartments, we have the perfect property to suit your needs and preferences. Get in touch with us today to start your journey to life in Benahavís. Contact our team now and let us help you make your dream a reality!