Costa del Sol

Living in Benahavís: lifestyle, benefits, and what to do

Benahavís is a natural paradise of beautiful green valleys, boasting stunning architecture that rises impressively above the Costa del Sol. This location is one of the most coveted in the world, and it’s no wonder—living there is a true marvel. Situated in the Serranía de Ronda, very close to some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol, Benahavís has a large, excellently managed, and well-preserved municipal area. It is notable for having some of the most exclusive urbanizations and mansions in the world, as well as the most luxurious clubs and golf courses. 

Privacy, a paradisiacal natural environment, top-tier restaurants, and golf courses—Benahavís has it all and stands out for offering its residents a lavish lifestyle that only a few fortunate individuals can access.

Where is Benahavís?

Benahavís is located in a valley between hills, very close to Marbella. It is easily accessible from San Pedro de Alcántara, Puerto Banús, Marbella, and Estepona. Three rivers from the Serranía de Ronda flow through the municipality and into the Mediterranean: the Guadalmina, the Guadalmansa, and the Gaudaiza rivers. 

Benahavís offers some of the most spectacular views on the Costa del Sol and runs through a narrow gorge formed by the Guadalmina River, which opens up as it reaches the village, surrounded by rocky granite and marble terrains. Most of the municipality, covered with olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation, is home to abundant wildlife, such as mountain goats, deer, reptiles, fish, and insects.

Things to Do in Benahavís

This area of the Costa del Sol offers an innumerable list of activities for people of all ages, both children and adults:

  • Stroll through its cobbled streets with whitewashed walls and colorful flower pots.
  • Enjoy the art galleries and local craft shops that abound in the municipality, a favorite place for artists.
  • Take one of its many hiking trails that cross the surrounding nature. Most can be done on foot and by mountain bike.
  • Play golf. There are 12 top-level golf courses in the locality, famous worldwide. Some of the most prestigious are La Quinta, Los Arqueros, or Marbella Club Golf Resort.
  • Practice sports. Benahavís has first-class sports facilities, with a football field, paddle tennis courts, and more.
  • Go bowling in Los Arqueros.
  • Indulge in an exclusive culinary experience at one of its restaurants (the lamb shoulder cooked in Benahavís is a particularly popular delicacy!).

Advantages of Living in Benahavís

Residing in Benahavís, whether permanently or temporarily, is synonymous with an enviable lifestyle, a tranquil and exclusive life in a natural environment like few others in Spain. This Costa del Sol locality is a must-be. Here are some of the advantages of living in Benahavís:

A privileged location

Located to the south of the Serranía de Ronda, only 7 km from the beach, Benahavís allows you to enjoy nature and the nearby coast.

Excellent services

Hotels, sports facilities, spas, and shops. Well connected to Marbella, Estepona, and Málaga, with the airport just 40 minutes away.


Home to 12 renowned golf courses, such as La Quinta Golf & Country Club and Marbella Club Golf Resort, it is ideal for golf lovers.

Lower taxes

The property tax (IBI) is significantly lower compared to other municipalities, reducing the cost of home ownership.


A wide educational offering with institutions like CEIP Daidín and Colegio Atalaya, offering bilingual education from preschool to high school.

Security and privacy

Video cameras on major roads and numerous gated communities ensure 24/7 surveillance.


With three rivers (Guadalmina, Guadalmansa, and Gaudaiza) and a green and fertile landscape, Benahavís offers spectacular views of the Costa del Sol.


It is one of the most expensive municipalities in Spain, with luxury being the air that is breathed in the locality.

Historical heritage

Including Montemayor Castle and several ancient towers, ideal for family excursions.


This area of Marbella is renowned for its high-quality restaurants, offering a variety of international cuisines in a picturesque and charming setting. Benahavís is known as the “dining room of the Costa del Sol.

Notable Areas in Benahavís

Los Flamingos

Los Flamingos Golf Resort is a paradise for golf lovers, a luxurious and elegant country club located on the Costa del Sol. This exclusive urbanization is surrounded by lush vegetation and three 18-hole golf courses. It also features the five-star facilities of the luxurious Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Hotel.
Among its attractions are exquisite dining options, an award-winning spa, and a specialized golf academy. The beaches and the charming town of San Pedro de Alcántara, offering shops, restaurants, and various leisure and sports activities, are just five minutes away. Properties in Los Flamingos, situated on hillsides and facing south and southeast, guarantee privacy and spectacular views of the sea, mountains, and even the horizon of Gibraltar and North Africa, making this place an exceptional destination for those seeking exclusivity and beauty in a golf environment.

El Madroñal

El Madroñal offers a peaceful countryside life, yet just 20 minutes from Marbella and close to La Zagaleta and La Heredia. This exclusive urbanization of luxury villas ensures maximum privacy with its six controlled access points and 24-hour surveillance. Originally owned by wealthy families and nobles, El Madroñal covers 223 hectares of pine and cork oak forests, providing a natural and exclusive retreat 400 meters above sea level with impressive views of the coast.

Wonderful two bedroom, south facing apartment in the gated residential complex Buenavista II, La Quinta, with panoramic sea views

Wonderful two bedroom, south facing apartment in the gated residential complex Buenavista II, La Quinta. The complex has a communal swimming pool, security cameras and offers incredible views to the golf, sea and mountains and is just a short drive to the beach local amenities, Marbella and Puerto Banus. The property has an open plan living and dining area with access to a spacious private terrace with beautiful panoramic views; fully fitted kitchen with a terrace that boasts mountain views and has a separate laundry area; master suite with access to the terrace; guest bedroom; and a guest bathroom. Other features include two private parking spaces, a storeroom, hot and cold air conditioning and underfloor heating in the bathrooms.

900.000 €

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • Built. 179 m2
  • ref#4941MLA

Charismatic and captivating, this villa sits in a gated community in a stunning enclave of Benahavis

This is a charismatic property safely ensconced within a secure and private gated community set within the enclave of La Quinta. Its sits in a prime location that offers total privacy yet accessibility and is in close proximity to a host of amenities all of which sit on the edges of some of the finest golf courses found within the Golf Valley. Adding further desirability the property is also close to some of the finest sandy beaches found along this area of the coast. With Marbella being just a short drive away, there could be no more to say - but there is! This property showcases breathtaking views of the azure Mediterranean, the wide and seemingly endless green expanse of golf courses and the majestic mountain range that loom strong in the surrounding landscape. The residence emanates a classical and endearing design which continues through over the three levels and which reveals itself to you by an impressive entrance featuring a dome shaped tiled ceiling. On the first floor you are drawn into a light and spacious living room, where swathes of natural light flood in, lighting up every corner. There is a separate dining room that enjoys direct access to the extensive terraces outside through huge sliding glass terrace doors. The kitchen is open and well- appointed with a superb island unit taking centre stage. Well lit and spacious it also features a breakfast area for less formal meal arrangements. There is another room that could be used either as a double bedroom ensuite or as an office and every room on this floor opens out onto the glorious terraces, where there are various seating and lounging areas to cater to your needs, creating a relaxing and inviting outdoor living area. Rising up to the second floor there are 3 double bedrooms all with the luxury of having an ensuite bathroom. The bathrooms are finely dressed in high quality marble and offer double sinks and sizeable windows, allowing natural light to flow in. The master bedroom is an opulent affair, with colossal glass sliding doors on two sides, opening the suite up to the fresh outdoors and creating a sense of endless time and boundless space. Of course the views from here are eternal and seemingly never ending. This suite also enjoys deluxe walk in wardrobes offering plenty of storage space. On the lower floor there is another independent living area, a large laundry room and a diving self contained guest bedroom. For relaxation and rejuvenation there is a Turkish bath, spa and all enjoy direct access to the swimming pool and terrace. The property also offer additional features including a private garage for two vehicles alongside another parking space, gardens that include a variety of fruit trees and expansive beautifully maintained grounds. Found in a secure 24 hour security protected gated community, this property is truly old school, radiating a phenomenal amount of character and offers a vast amount of scope for modification and customization, whereby your ideas can lovingly be brought to life to make this property your own personal haven of tranquility.

2.850.000 €

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • Built. 721 m2
  • ref#WB1618

Plot for sale in Benahavis, Costa del Sol

COMPLETELY FLAT PLOT WITH SEA VIEWS IN LOS FLAMINGOS GOLF (BENAHAVIS) Wonderful completely flat residential plot located in the prestigious Flamingos Golf Resort, with impressive panoramic views of the sea and the Mediterranean coast. This 1,195 m² south/east facing plot located just 10 minutes drive from the bustling heart of Puerto Banús. Surrounded by the beautiful nature of the municipality of Benahavis and the high-end properties in the prestigious area, it will only take you a few minutes to reach the beach and all services, 15 minutes to the center of Marbella and Estepona, and less than 10 minutes to San Pedro de Alcántara and the Golf Valley of Nueva Andalucía. The potential to create your ideal residence extends across three levels: the ground floor, main floor and first floor. With a generous 22% building allowance, equivalent to a spacious 270 square meters on the ground floor and first floor combined. Los Flamingos Golf Resort includes championship golf courses, exclusive beach clubs, a tennis club and a variety of renowned restaurants. Buying a plot or a house in Los Flamingos is also a good long-term investment opportunity.

1.160.000 €

    • ref#R4778122