Benahavís is a white village located in the province of Málaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It is situated in the southern region of the country, in an area known as the Costa del Sol, famous for its golf, beautiful coastline and pleasant climate. The history of Benahavís is rich and varied, dating back many centuries.
The area around Benahavís has been inhabited since ancient times, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Paleolithic era. Throughout history, the region has been influenced by various civilizations, including the Phoenicians and Romans. It is believed that the Roman settlement of Baniana (which may have given the town its name) was located near the present-day town.
During the medieval period, the region fell under the rule of various Islamic caliphates and kingdoms. In the 8th century, it was conquered by the Moors and became part of the Emirate of Córdoba. In the 15th century, as the Christian Reconquista advanced, the area was gradually recaptured by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain. Benahavís was one of the last towns to be reconquered, finally falling to the Christians in the late 15th century.
After the Reconquista, Benahavís became part of the Kingdom of Castile. It was a small agricultural village, known for its production of olives, almonds, and citrus fruits. The town's strategic location near the coast and its fertile land made it an important agricultural center in the region.
In more recent times, especially during the 20th century, Benahavís experienced significant growth and transformation. The area began to attract both Spanish and foreign tourists due to its beautiful landscapes, mild climate, and proximity to the popular tourist destination of Marbella. This resulted in the development of the tourism industry, with the construction of hotels, resorts, and golf courses.
Today, Benahavís is a picturesque town that has managed to preserve much of its historical charm and traditional character. It has also become known for its excellent gastronomy, with numerous high-quality restaurants and a reputation as the "dining room of the Costa del Sol." The town continues to be a popular destination for tourists and expatriates looking for a more relaxed and quieter atmosphere compared to the larger coastal cities.