When planning on visiting or moving to the south of Spain there are many options, one worth considering is the Village of Benahavis, also known as the dining room of the Costa del Sol. Benahavis is a small village with a large footprint, the village itself is tucked in the mountains around 7km inland from the coast of the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. Just 10km from its more well-known big brother; Marbella. Benahavis is an amazing place to both live and visit, benefiting from both the privacy and tranquillity of the hills while being just 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Marbella and Estepona.
Although the village itself is quaint and small with white washed traditional style buildings the municipal Covers a total of 150 square kilometres this wide expanse of space is peppered with world class golf courses, rock pools, perfectly manicured gardens and exclusive high-end developments each with its own unique quality. This assortment of luxury property in Benahavis makes it one of the wealthiest municipals in Spain.
The Village itself is relatively small with one main street and some side streets littered with all types of restaurants and bars, in the summer months strolling through the streets stopping at a few bars after a meal at one of the amazing restaurants is highly recommended. There is also a perfectly manicured park with a little pond and flowers which is perfect for a warm summers evening, for the little more adventurous the rock pools that line the main entrance road are a must, starting at one end and working your way down the windy river jumping from rocks and cooling off in the water is an amazing way to spend a hot July day. As for the weather the rest of the year, Benahavis enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable, temperatures are an average of 32 ºC in summer and 18 ºC in the winter.
In the centre of the town there are a number of points of historic interest including the 18th century church Virgen del Rosario and a 16th century palace. Overlooking the town there is the Castle of Monte mayor, built in the 10th century this castle proved an invaluable location for years due to its vast view of over 100km over the Mediterranean Sea and of the coast of Africa.
With a modest population of just 7000-8000 residents (summer months can see a sharp increase) makes Benahavis the perfect spot for those looking to the live on the more peaceful side of life in the South of Spain. With unbeatable views of the coast all the way to Gibralatar and Africa it’s easy to see while Benahavis is so appealing.
Due to its close proximity to all the bigger coastal towns and cities, Benahavis only has a couple of supermarkets and little boutique shops, and while the restaurants are known to be some of the best around there are only a handful compared to the coast.
Challenging World class golf courses which feature stunning mountain and Mediterranean sea back drops are a must for golf lovers. Courses such as Los Arqueros, La Quinta and Los Flamingos are a favourite with locals and tourists alike, a large number of golfers visit for golfing vacations. Often wrapped around parts of the courses are high end exclusive properties that are set into the hills and also feature stunning views.
This combination of restaurants, green mountains and golf courses over looked by a mountain back drop and views all the way to another continent make this area a favourite for people looking to move to the Marbella area, with that being said properties are not cheap and an average 2 bedroom apartment can start over €200k, with villas and penthouses going well over the €1m mark and in exclusive private gated villa urbanisations such as La Zagaleta villas range anywhere from €2-€3m to over €20m.
Benahavis truly is a gem of the Costa del Sol, if views, tranquillity and golf are desired then a property in Benahavis could be perfect, close enough to everything while having the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere.