Benahavis is a charming Andalusian mountain village located between Marbella and Estepona, it is only 3km past San Pedro Alcantara and only 7km from the Coast. The name Benahavis comes from a Moorish prince named Havis, so Benahavis translated means “the son of Havis”. To this day there are still some Arab -Moorish influences in the village that comes from the end of the 11th Century period of Al-Andalus. This can be seen in the architecture, small roads and even the positioning of the village with it being on the southern side of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range, 500 metres above sea level.
Benahavis municipality has a population of 7,748 people of which 4,711 are foreign residents. The municipality of Benahavis consists of various prestigious urbanisations such as La Quinta, La Zagaleta, El Madroñal, Los Flamingos and Los Arqueros. Benahavis is the richest Village per capita in Malaga and 2nd richest in Andalucia due to its high number of luxury properties and luxury hotels. La Zagaleta is one of the most exclusive and prestigious estates in Europe and even the World. This magnificent estate is spread out over 900 hectares of land in the Serrania de Ronda and has aprox 200 mansions priced between 5,000,000 -25,000,000 euros with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and African coastline. The majority of the owners of these prestigious properties are from the UK, Germany and Northern Europe and then there is a smaller group of owners from Spain, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Another attractive feature of Benahavis is that there are many Championship level golf courses in the area such as La Quinta Golf with 3 hole courses, La Zagaleta with 2 golf courses, Los Flamingos with 3 golf courses and Los Arqueros golf course which was designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros. There are also many top quality restaurants to visit in Benahavis village and surrounding area with 2 stand outs called Los Abanicos restaurant and the Amanhavis restaurant. Villa Padierna (Los Flamingos) is a 5 star hotel and golf resort that has been visited by celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria and Michelle Obama. Villa Padierna resort offers only the highest standard of services and facilities. We firmly believe Benahavis municipality is a great place to visit and even to live in as it is a safe, tranquil and exclusive location that caters to everyones needs.