The country estate of El Madroñal is part of the ultra-affluent district of Benahavis, with its always in-demand real estate looking down over Marbella, and the Mediterranean coast of Spain's Costa del Sol. At this exclusive gated community nestling in the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda, residents can enjoy an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in the fresh country air. Although it sits in the midst of pine and cork forests, it also has the advantage of being close to amenities elsewhere. A drive of around ten minutes along the Ronda road will bring you to the prestigious marina and port of Puerto Banús and to chic Marbella itself, or just five minutes sees you in the buzzing town of San Pedro Alcántara. The toll road will even deliver travellers to Gibraltar if they wish to explore further afield.
This is a region of historic significance, too, with the nearby ruins of Montemayor Castle having played a key role over the centuries. It is rumoured that underground corridors in this strategically-placed Moorish stronghold were used to transport personnel, weapons and food to the coast, while Benahavis itself, founded in the eleventh century, takes its name from a Moorish prince who ruled here. After the castle was captured by Catholic forces in the fifteenth century, 350 years of war followed between the district of Benahavis and Marbella, until independent community status was granted.