Welcome to Benahavis
A traditional Andalusian mountain village with all the benefits you would expect of its proximity to upscale Marbella. Beautiful scenery, golf and gourmet food are on your doorstep.
For the lucky people who call it home, Benahavís has views out over the coastline between Marbella and Estepona. On a good day you can even see the African coast. Originally founded by Arab settlers in the 11th century, its situation offered a practical use as a lookout against frequent raids by pirates and invading forces.
Today the town has kept much of its rural charm, whilst adding golf courses, hotels and excellent restaurants which draw crowds from the more upmarket coastal towns. The charm of the old town and the natural beauty of the surrounding area has also proved to be an inspiration for the town’s artistic community.
Benahavís is a paradise for nature lovers, who can hike between the twin peaks and past riverbanks lined with chestnut and olive trees. It is a rugged, dramatic region where clean mountain air mingles with the sparkle of the always sunny ocean below.
You’ll find a warm welcome in this small community of 8,884 people, a quarter of who are from the UK. The expansion of golf and luxury accommodation has made it particularly popular with the wealthy who mingle with locals and the arty crowd.
Benahavís has expanded considerably in recent years to become one of the most highly desirable locations in the region. Prices are on the higher side, with properties which include apartments in stylish developments, traditional village houses and luxury villas with views of the mountains and sea.
There is some fierce competition on the Costa del Sol but golf lovers will enjoy some of the best courses in the region on their doorstep. The food is of gourmet standard, combining local delicacies with fresh fish and locally reared meat. You’ll also find a new supermarket in town.
The mountain location means a less frequent bus service but this is a friendly town and you will find that locals often make runs to the airport. There are also a dedicated taxi service for the area to get you where you need to be.
As well as a local public health care centre and pharmacy, you’ll be served by the hospital in nearby Marbella and a much larger health centre opening in San Pedro a quarter of an hour away.
Cost of Living
Benahavís gives you the chance of upscale living within reach of the Costa del Sol but without the hefty price tag of Marbella.