Nature and Wildlife in Benahavis

The privileged situation of Benahavis, surrounded by mountains, between the Sierra Blanca behind Estepona and the Ronda mountain range, and only a few kilometres from Marbella and Estepona, municipalities bordering with the village territory, convert Benahavis into an authentic treasure for lovers of unspoilt nature.

From its mountains you will be able to overlook more than 100 kilometres of the Costa del Sol and a good stretch of the African mountain range on clear days.

benahavis.com : Guadalmina river
benahavis.com : Guadalmina river

Three rivers cross the Benahavis territory, all of them have their sources in the Ronda mountain range and end up in the Mediterranean :
– Rio Guadalmina ( river of the mines ), 28 km long, runs along the eastern border of the village and was of stratigic defensive importance, also serving as a generator for the flour mills in the village.
– Rio Guadalmansa ( river of the oil mill ), running on the eastern side of the Benahavis territory from North to South.
– Rio Guadaiza ( river of Aixa, mother of Boabdil the younger ), 22 km long, on the left side of the Ronda road, passing in front of the Daidin ruins.

The Benahavis territory is very picturesque. From the N340, between San Pedro and Estepona, you’ll get to the Benahavis access road. Immediatly, the terrain gets more mountainous, and the first outskirts of the Serrania de Ronda show up. Over the ages, the Guadalmina river has carved out a deep valley on the side of the road. On both sides, you can see the mountain peaks. Close to the village, the river valley becomes a real canyon, which is called ” las Angosturas ” because of its narrowness ( all to do with “anguish” ) , which is classified as a natural monument. Once you have passed this, you will see the first houses of the village.

From the village, you can sometimes see the snowcapped peaks of the Palmitera mountain ( 1517m above sea level ) in winter.

Plenty of granite, marble and peridotites form an important part of the geology in the territory of Benahavis.

Flora

On the mountain peaks, where precipitation and fog are common, large numbers of gall oaks and Spanish firs are to be found. At lower altitudes the holm oak and cork oak thrive. There are also small collections of madronnos, chestnut trees, yews, maples and ashes.

Fauna

otterThe area of the Sierra de las Nieves is home to one of Andalusia’s largest communities of mountain goat, one of only two wild species of large hoofed mammal native to the Park, the other being the deer. Other species such as the stag and mountain ox have been brought in, the Park providing them with an excellent habitat. Also to be found here are certain animal species protected by law, such as the wild cat, golden eagle and otter.
And without leaving the village, you can easily see some vultures flying over.

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