Benahavis has been described by one of its residents, former UK Conservative Party treasurer Lord Fink, as "the nearest thing to paradise I have ever seen, at least in Europe", and few would surely disagree with him on the merits of this exceptionally exclusive corner of the globe. Nothing less than the wealthiest town per capita in Spain, Benahavis has truly earned its reputation as the most millionaire-worthy of millionaire enclaves.
It wasn't always like this for this secluded mountain village situated just seven kilometres off the Andalucian coast. An Arabian 11th century foundation, Benahavis took its name from a Moorish prince, Havis, who then reigned in the nearby Montemayor Castle.
Although ruins of the castle survive today, the finest eating and drinking are far greater focal points of life in contemporary Benahavis, with its thriving restaurants serving Spanish, Italian, Indian and French cuisine giving it the coveted unofficial title of the 'dining room of the Costa del Sol'.
However, no area offering such undulating scenery as Benahavis could also lack for natural attractions, which explains the area's abundance of picturesque golf courses. In short, every trapping of the good life makes its presence felt in and around Benahavis.
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