Sitauted on the southern face of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range, Benahavis is the most mountainous village on the western Costa del Sol. Its terrain is traversed by the Rivers Guadalmina, Guadaiza and Guadalmanza. Places of great natural interest are to be found within its boundaries, such as El Cerro del Duque, Daidin, Las Maquinas, El Charco de las Mozas and La Leche reservoir.
Further south there are luxury housing estates, golf courses and other tourist facilities, the result of the area's significant development.
The village still retains a few features of its origins as a white Arabic village, forming a sharp contrast with the colour of the surrounding mountains. Monuments of interest are Montemayor Castle and a former 16th-century palace.