Benahavis is a charming little village south of Malaga, with just over 3000 inhabitants. Situated 500 meters above sea level in the Serrania de Ronda mountain range it’s often referred to as a mountain village. The village is located between Ronda further up the mountain and Marbella and Estepona 7 kilometers down the coast.
Benahavis was founded by the Arabs in the 11th century who gave it its name: Ben Havis, meaning son (Ben) of Havis in Arabic, one of the rulers of the area at the time. The existence nearby of the ruined castle of Montemayor emphasised its Moorish heritage. The once strategically chosen settlement still offers exceptional views of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the African coastline.
Driving up to the town, the once flowing river Rio Guadalmina to the right is dried up most of the year, due to the placement of a dam by local authorities after closing down the nearby marble quarry. Since then, the pathway alongside the river has been opened up for the general public free of charge and offers spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding nature on a well maintained hiking path.
The peaceful village Benahavis is situated at the heart of the municipality that covers a large area of approximately 150 km². It is one of the richest municipalities in Spain thanks to a large number of high-end golf resorts such as La Quinta, La Zagaleta and Los Arqueros, home to some of the most expensive properties in Spain.