Málaga - Sabinillas

© Michelle Chaplow The village of Sabinillas has flourished in recent years.
The village of Sabinillas near Estepona has flourished in recent years.

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Sabinillas Overview

The present-day fishing village is a new settlement which developed over the last century or so. Like most towns on the Costa del Sol, it has seen rapid growth over the last few decades. 

Since the construction of Punta Almina estate in the 1980s, Sabinillas has become a popular place for foreign residents including those working in Gibraltar. The most recent developments are the improvements to Avenida Manilva, the construction of the seafront promenade and the underpass for the traffic on the coast road A-7.

 

 

Pavement cafes and bars have flourished along with the opening of new banks and real estate offices. The village has a working atmosphere for those who want a touch of what is probably the only real Spain left on the western Costa del Sol.

© Michelle Chaplow Sabinillas beaches
Sabinillas beaches are popular with families.

BARS CAFES RESTAURANTS

One thing has not changed and that is the reputation of the seafood bars and restaurants on the seafront and one of the quieter most expansive beaches in the area.

BEACH

Playa La Colonia and Playa Sabinillas are the fine beaches more>  


SUNDAY MARKET

What started out in 1990 as small Sunday morning car boot sale in Sabinillas, supported by a few expats, is now one of the biggest rastros on the coast and a visit from bullfighter Javier Conde helped to cement its reputation. Since its humble beginnings, the market has changed locations three times to accommodate a growing clientele, and is now located at the Feria Ground on the 'Caretera las Baños' road that cuts inland from the A7 on the roundabout just west of the River Manilva. Map

There is also a local produce market on a Friday morning in the 'Zona de la Noria' at the west end of the seafront promenade.  

Sabinillas Full Moon Party © Michelle Chaplow .
Sabinillas Full Moon Party

August Full Moon PArty (Luna Llena de Manilva) 

Since 2011 each summer, Sabinillas has held a full moon festival on its beaches in August, with live bands, dancing, body painting, craft stalls and friends getting together on the beach for moonlight picnics. The full moon festival was inspired by the famous lantern and full moon festival in Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand, although more family orientated. More>

Manilva Fair (feria) 

Second week in August. 2015 dates: 6-9 August. The Feria Ground is locarted on the 'Caretera las Baños' road that cuts inland from the A7 on the roundabout just west of the River Manilva. More> 

CAR HIRE

Hiring a car is best way to get around - travel with ease and enjoy the beautiful views. Consult our general Car Hire page for the best deals within Andalucia.

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EXCURSIONS

A short walk along the seafront promenade to the west of Sabinillas is Puerto de la Duquesa a charming marina complex and futher on is the litlle fishing hamlet of Castillo de la Duquesa.  

A slightly longer walk inland along the road that follows the Rio Manilva leads, shorthly after passing under the large Motorway viaduct to the Roman Baths.
 
Rising virtually from the beaches, in the mountains the famed white villages of ManilvaCasares, and Gaucin are all within an hours drive. 

Cosmopolitan life can be found only twenty minutes away in the "jet-set" city of Marbella, with its retail experiences ranging from the El Corte Inglés and to the sprawling La Cañada shopping centre to the infinite variety of small shops and boutiques lining the cobblestone streets of old Marbella. 

Getting there - Car & BUS 

Sabinillas is about an hour and a quarter from Málaga Airport, on the AP7, an hour and a half from the Jerez Airport, and 45 minutes from Gibraltar airport. The A7 passes through Sabinillas by an underpass at its centre. Hiring a car is a useful to get around. There are no pay car parks, street parking it the norm.

bus services


Sabinillas is on the local stopping bus from Estepona to La Linea (for Gibraltar) bus route.   Consult bus timetables on our La Linea and Estepona bus station pages.  Estepona to La Linea takes one and a half hours. Duquesa is 20mins from Estepona and one hour from La Linea. 

A number of express busses from Algeciras and La Linea to Malaga calling at larger towns on the Costa del Sol (Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola) also stop in Sabinillas. These are noted by the orange/brown shading on the Portillo bus timtables from La Linea and Algeciras and Estepona

The bus stops on the Estepona - La Line route are: Estepona Bus Station, Old bus station on Avenida de España, Estepona Port, Seguers, Arena Beach, Costa Natura, Arroyo Vaquero, Bahia Dorada, Costa Galeria, Buenas Noches, Cruca Casares, Sabinillas, Puerto de la Duquesa, Castillo, Camping Chullera, Aldea Beach, Tubalitas, San Diego, Cala de las Sardinas, Las Torretas, Torreguadiaro, Restaurant Las Camellas, Montilla, San Enriuque, Guadiaro, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, Sotogrande Alto, San Roque Club, Alcaidesa, Casino San Roque, San Roque Alameda, Escuela de Hosteleria, Campamiento, Campamiento la Guita, La Colonia Mondejar, La Linea Bus Station.  

See Timetable which only gives departure and arrival times at Estepona and La Linea. Calculate intermediate times on this basis; buses to La Linea call at Sabinillas 20 mins after departing Estepona. Buses to Estepona call at Duquesa 1hr and 5 mins after departing La Linea. 

From Estepona Bus Station you can then take a bus to Marbella, Malaga Airport,  and Malaga city Bus Station and from there to other main destination on the Costa del Sol.  From La Linea you can walk accross the border to Gibraltar town and Gibraltar Airport.

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Nearby places

The closest towns are Castillo de la DuquesaManilva, and Casares and Estepona.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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