Tucked a few kilometers inland between Estepona and San Pedro de Alcántara and nestled in a wooded mountains and rocky cliff valley, this picturesque pueblo is known as one of the most enchanting villages and branded as the gastronomic center of the Costa del Sol with gourmet restaurant on pretty much every corner. Dining out in Benahavís is a gastronomic pleasure, matched only by the thrill of enjoying an al fresco meal under a star-studded sky in one of Europe's most alluring of natural patios.
Benahavis has kept its original charm surrounded by dramatic natural scenery where every view is a potential postcard. The town is alive all year around and Benahavis is a well-heeled Municipality and has been one of the leading town councils for developments, urbanizations and golf courses.
Benahavis territory is rather vast, home to some of the most select urbanizations on the Costa del Sol:
Los Flamingos, is an exclusive Golf resort, where the Ritz Carlton -Villa Padierna GL Hotel stands between fairways and large water feature (Mrs. M. Obama enjoyed a stay in the hotel during summer 2010), near to all amenities, a few minutes to the beach. Los Flamingos area offers multi millions Euros villas built amid designer blocks of luxury apartments with striking views toward the golf course to the Mediterranean.
Los Arqueros is an expansive private community set among the foot of the Sierra Blanca Mountains on the Ronda road with spectacular views to the sea and only 5 minutes above San Pedro de Alcantara. The Los Arqueros Golf was the first golf course to be designed by Severiano Ballesteros with beautiful on-site club house. As the designer himself says, Los Arqueros is a good course for players of all kinds - a reasonable challenge for the average golfer and a tough test for professionals. Ideally located a short drive from Marbella & Puerto Banús, Los Arqueros area will equally suit golf enthusiast, families and nature lovers.
Los Almendros area is located just below los Arqueros tucked into the folds of hills rising to the foot of the Serranía de Ronda Mountain Range. Los Almendros is a small and exclusive residential area made up of private villas and luxurious apartment
La Heredia located on the Ronda road between the village of San Pedro de Alcantara and the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda, is an idealized version of a typical white Andalusian village. Looking out over golf courses to the Mediterranean and tracing the coastline to the unmistakable profiles of Gibraltar and North Africa, it is also just ten minutes away from Marbella and Puerto Banús.
La Quinta is a popular setting for residential living or vacations in a country club environment. Located on the Marbella's golf valley highest point it is just a short drive from Marbella, yet already has a bit of a country feeling about it. A rather exclusive residential area, it is made up of private villas, high-spec apartments and some of the best townhouses in the Marbella area. Many of these properties overlook the beautifully verdant fairways of the La Quinta Golf Club, which snakes across the valley like a green carpet flanked by tall trees and indented with small lakes. Where the course is the visual main point, the golf club is the social hub of La Quinta.
La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club is a 900-hectare domain that has been deemed worldwide as the most exclusive residential and golfing estate in Europe. Nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Ronda road, a few kilometers from Marbella and Puerto Banus, the estate is guarded by 24H manned security. This is a place where a selected few can enjoy 2 beautiful private golf courses, and sporting & leisure facilities such as an Equestrian centre with 23 stables and 4 rings, clay and hard surface tennis courts, swimming pool with changing rooms and sauna in addition to the stunning Club House of 5,100m² with entertainment amenities for residents only.
La Zagaleta is reminiscent of the L.A. hills or the Côte d'Azur, with outstanding villas spilling over the hillside in absolute seclusion, but if you let your gaze slide down the golf course towards the sea and up to Gibraltar, you will instantly be reminded of where you are – on the southern tip of Europe overlooking the Straits and the African shoreline.