A town with a population of about 2.500 inhabitants, is one of the most mountainous towns in the Western Costa del Sol. Not in vain, its name comes from Arabic origin and means “sons of the abyss”. In its municipal district, one can find from a wide variety of leisure and entertainment offers, which include six golf courses, to natural spots, rich in fauna and vegetation, which delight hill- walkers and touring cyclists. One of these beautiful spots, called “Las Angosturas”, has been recently declared Monument of Natural Interest.
The birth of the town centre lies at the end of the Eleventh Century, when the Arabs settle around the fortifications built in order to defend the eastern flank of the Castle of Montemayor. In January 1485, Los Reyes Católicos enter Marbella and receive the keys to the city from Mohamed Albunefa. Benhavis becomes independent from marbella in 1572, date in which it receives the “Carta Puebla” from King Felipe II.
The above- mentioned Castle of Montemayor is one the place´s most significant monuments. Furthermore, there exists other towers which were built as defensive barriers, amongst which stand out the one of “La Reina”, the one of “La Leonera” and the “Tower of Daidín”.
The romería in honour of “La Virgen del Rosario” is celebrated in October. The local festivities are the end of August and “El Día Gastronómico” takes place in June; an ideal date in order to sample the delicacies of its cuisine, centred around products derived from the pig, lamb and game. The sirloin steak, prepared in multiple ways, is one of the most appreciated delicacies.
The small village of Benahavís lies to the west of San Pedro some 8km from the A-7 at the end of a beautiful verdant valley where the Guadalmina river runs. The Guadalmanza and Guadaiza rivers are also in the area. It’s an attractive mountain village known for its numerous excellent restaurants and art work. There are several small shops, one bank, a small health centre and a primary school.
The village has several urbanisations within and around the centre such as la Fuente de Benahavís, Las Lomas de Benahavís and La Pacheca where property is expensive. New construction is currently intense at the foot of the village and along the river valley. Several developments on the Ronda road lie within the village’s administrative district.