The History of Benahavis

Benahavis comes from the name meaning of Ben ‘son’ in Arabic and ‘havis’ who was a famous Arabic figure and whose famous castle was The Castle of Montemayor. His son had the idea of building the fences to protect the entrance of the village where the river Guadalmina begins and to defend the left side of the castle which was the first settlement of people in the town. In other words, the castle was here before the settlement of people in Benahavis.

History of Benahavis, SpainAnother opinion holds that Benahavis comes from ‘Ben Habix’, meaning ‘sons of the Abyssinian’ because there was an early settlement during this era. There is also a name called ‘Daidin’ which refers to an area in Benahavis named after an important figure. Both Benahavis and Daidin were established during the Arabic period in the Costa del Mar and the region of Ronda.

The Montemayor Castle settlement was established in the 10th Century following important battles in the period of the Kingdom of Tarifas. When the area conceded to the Córdoban Caliphate at the beginning of the 11th Century, the castle became a strategic point in wars between the Edristas who governed Malaga and the Hammuditas, who governed Algeciras.  In 1273 Mohammed the King of Granada saw that his Kingdom was in danger and asked for help from the Benimerines who in 1274 took over Marbella, the Castle of Montemayor and Malaga. They discovered the important strategic value of the castle from where you could see over 100km of Spanish Coast and some of the North African Coast.

After the Spanish King Fernando, re-conquered Ronda, he decided it was time to take over Marbella due to its naval importance for Spanish ships. On the 11th June 1485 the capitulations of Marbella were signed at a place called Cruz del Humilladero where Fernando received the keys to Benahavis, Daidin and the Castle of Montemayor from Muhammed Abuneta. The King then appointed a trustee as a caretaker of these places.

To see these and other historical monuments and spectacular views, Marco from Safari Sol runs very friendly and informative excursions…

Benahavis Municipal

Benahavis is a village with andaluz taste, with white houses and narrow streets, Arabic style. The majority of the streets end with plazas or parks, a place to stop and enjoy the surrounding nature. Urbanization’s both in the pueblo and Benahavis municipal have been carefully integrated in the nature and environment along with the many golf courses which this part of the Coast del Sol is well known for.

Some of these urbanizations are known all over Europe, every one of them with magnificent views, like La Zagaleta, El Madroñal, Alcuzcuz, Monte Halcones, Los Arqueros, La Quinta, Marbella Club Golf, La Alqueria, Los Flamingos, El Higueral, Montemayor.

Benahavis has a privileged location. Surrounded by ridges and peaks from the back of the Sierra Blanca and Ronda mountains and just a few Km from Marbella and Estepona. This makes Benahavis a special treasure for many people; artists, tourists, visitors and residents.

From various positions on the top of the surrounding hills and forest your can see up to 100 km of the Spanish shore and territory of North Africa.

Benahavis in Pictures

The LBB - How we help your business grow

The Benahavis LBB in just the beginning, a literal starting point for a journey that aims to help small businesses on the Costa del Sol survive and thrive. In the summer the Mountain Village of Benahavis bustles with tourism thanks in part to our beautiful natural surroundings and of course the hiking trails and gorge. The gorge is where you can do some good old fashioned rock jumping into a crystal blue pond below. Incredibly popular with families!

In the winter months things tend to quiet down and unfortunately many businesses close never to return again. Considering Malaga provinces booming tourism industry with record numbers in the past few years alone, there is no more reasons for businesses to shut its doors. Through modern marketing online we can help small businesses stay open and more importantly help customers find their locations.

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