The Costa del Sol is full of surprises and hidden gems. Benahavís is just one of its charms, hidden away from the main tourist trails enticing discerning residents and travellers onto its small streets packed with gastronomic delights. Located just a ten minute drive inland from Guadalmina (between Marbella and Estepona) and at 160 metres above sea level, Benahavís’ white plastered village is known for its range of high quality restaurants catering to those wanting a quick snack or tapa as well as those seeking three or five course dining extravaganzas. Nestled amongst typical white washed town houses, festooned with hanging baskets and floral displays, you can also find a small number of very elegant hotels and guest houses. Perhaps the most famous Benahavís hotel, Villa Padierna, is located outside of the village itself and famously welcomed Michelle Obama and her family into one of its private rental villas a few years ago. The municipality of Benahavis extends far beyond the village itself, incorporating deluxe country club estates that make Benahavis one of the richest per capita municipalities in Spain. The area is also home to numerous golf courses, some of which are so exclusive they are privately maintained for use by residents and their invited guests only, such as the courses at La Zagaleta and The Marbella Club Golf Resort. More accessible courses in the area include Los Tramores Golf at Los Flamingos, El Higueral, Los Arqueros, Atalaya and La Quinta. Together with the surrounding countryside these verdant parklands make Benahavís municipality one of the greenest on the Costa del Sol, attracting many to come and admire the enchanting views and explore its fascinating flora and fauna while enjoying walks, jeep safaris and canyoning in this very special area. It’s extraordinary to find so much natural greenery within just ten minutes’ drive of one of the coast’s favourite beaches at San Pedro Alcántara. The range of property in Benahavis is as diverse as its population. Opulent mansions are discreetly positioned amongst woods and foliage in exclusive gated developments like La Zagaleta and El Madroñal; Los Flamingos is home to luxury apartments with wonderful sea views as well as superb contemporary and modern villas on private plots; and the pueblo or village of Benahavis exudes traditional Spanish charm through its townhouses, apartments and family homes. The choice of homes on offer in Benahavís ensures that there is something to satisfy even the most discerning property buyer, whatever his budget.