Although a local favourite for many years, Benahavís can now no longer be kept under wraps – the secret is well and truly out as residents and holidaymakers alike make the pilgrimage to one of the gastronomic centres of the Costa del Sol.
A white-washed village in the delightful Andalusian style, this historic community was founded by Berbers in the 11th century and fought over for many years due to its strategic position at the base of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range. Happily, modern day Benahavis is a melting pot of local and expat residents who coexist contentedly surrounded by the natural beauty of the majestic peaks that encircle it.
Dining room of the Costa del Sol
Latterly Benahavís has become known as the ‘dining room of the Costa del Sol’ due to the sheer number and variety of restaurants that line the village lanes and byways. From typical tapas to gourmet excellence, there is something for all tastes in this surprising hamlet.
One aspect that visitors always note is how impeccably maintained it is. This is due in no small part to the fact that La Zagaleta, one of the most affluent urbanisations on the Costa del Sol, falls within the Benahavís municipal boundary, making it the wealthiest town hall in Andalucía.
Residents benefit from greatly subsidised activities, such as football, golf and basketball lessons, ensuring that this really is an ideal location for families. Local and international private schools are close by, as well as sports halls and swimming pools – in fact, there need never be a reason for the little ones to protest that they’re bored!
Should they, however, somehow tire of the village facilities, a quick ten minute drive down the enchanting valley takes you to the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol, along with its famed beach bars and local chiringuitos serving freshly barbequed fish to be enjoyed alongside the sound of the waves gently lapping the shoreline.
Available properties here range from charming one-bedroom apartments in the heart of the village to expansive luxury villas in La Zagaleta. As local property specialists, Pure Living Properties would be delighted to advise on your Benahavís property choice.Javier Nieto · June 29th 2018