Benahavís, where picture postcard village meets modern luxury mansions. A traditional Andalusian mountain village with all the benefits you would expect of its proximity to upmarket Marbella. Beautiful scenery, golf and gourmet food are all on your doorstep. For the lucky people who call it home, Benahavís has views spanning Marbella and Estepona and on a good day, as far as the African coastline. Originally founded by Arab settlers in the 11th century, its elevated position provided an effective lookout against frequent raids by pirates and invading forces. Today the town has retained much of its rural charm, with the benefit of additional amenities such as golf courses, hotels and excellent restaurants, which draw crowds from the more upmarket coastal towns. The charm of the old town and the natural beauty of the surrounding area has also proved to be an inspiration for the town’s artistic community. Benahavís is a paradise for nature lovers, offering hiking routes between the twin peaks and past riverbanks lined with chestnut and olive trees. It is a rugged, dramatic landscape where clean mountain air mingles with the ever-sparkling azure Mediterranean Sea below.