Puerto de la Duquesa
Puerto de la Duquesa is one of the Costa del Sol's marinas that is enjoyed by sailors and tourists alike. Located one hour's drive from the airport of Malaga and 45 minutes form Gibraltar airport. La Duquesa seems like a thousand miles away from the throng of the holiday resorts. It is relatively quiet during most of the year. The restaurants come alive in July and August.
Duquesa, as it is known locally, enjoys an advantageous location to the west of Marbella . The essence in this distinction is that the area retains a vast amount of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character - while sharing the fantastic climate of the rest of the Costa del Sol.
The beautiful port of Duquesa offers full Marina services for boating enthusiasts as well as a myriad of attractions for those with no aspirations to take to the water. For those that a do, a number of companies offer Jet Boat, Wake Board, Boat trips and Scuba Diving. The attractive promenades surrounding the port offer a variety of restaurants, intimate bars and cafes.
Holiday Apartments to Rent
Apartments are available in the Marina, adjacent to the Marina towards Castillo, and on the hill overlooking the Marina closer to Duquesa Golf. See Duquesa Apartments for rent.
Holiday Villas to Rent
The larger, more spacious town houses with communal pools and villas with private pools, tendered gardens, are available on the mountain side of the coast road near Duquesa Golf Course. This zone offer the best views of the coast over to Africa and Gibraltar. See Duquesa Villas to rent
CAFE AND BARS
On the east side (Muelle de Levante) a number of cafe bars face the Marina due to the afternoon sun make a very pleasand place to have a snack or a drink and watch the world go by. H2O and Dolphin Bar are such bars along with La Marine on the corner.
In the main complex are a number of bars, many foreign run as the names suggest. Bar La Fuente, CJ-s family bar, Leisure Lounge, Jolly Saylor, Ryders, Cork Tree, Kinsale, Deja Vu, Hemmingways, Penguin.
The vast choice of eating options include French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai and, of course, Spanish with its fresh, local fish. Here is a selection: La Traviota (Grill Bistro), Tim"s (Fish and Chips), Cenachero de la Duquesa (Spanish), Taj Majal (Indian), Sabor Toscano, Il Capitano, Ciao, Parapiro (Italian), Victoria Grill (Argentinian), Kinnaree (Thai), Griffins, The Pergola, Kinsale
Many of the the bars and restaurants mentioned open late in the summer months. Later music bars include Rojo47 and Bojangles disco.
In the summer weekend evenings the port hosts a unique Crafts Market, popular with the local residents as well as visitors.
La Duquesa Golf and Country Club boasts an 18 hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. more>.
Both sides of Duquesa Marina are expansive beaches. Playa de las Gaviotas and Playa del Castillo to the west with Chiringuito Las Gaviotas open in the summer. On playa Sabillias to the east is beach bar Cubanga which is open all year. More>
There is generally ample parking in one of the three open free car parks or in the street at the back of the shops. In the summer underground parking in the Mykonos building will be worth the 2 euro investment.
Manilva Town hall operate a tourist office (Tel: +34 952 89 74 34) at the entrance to the port open all year Mon to Fri 08.30 to 20.00 and Sat 08.30 to 14.00). The marina is run by a company called Marinas del Meditarraneo and the port office is inn the Torre de Control at the end of the west pier (Muelle de Poniente). This is where the recycling depo is located. The offer a wifi service for a fee a well as many of the bars. Bycicles are available for hire.
On our maps of Duquesa page we have various maps which may aid you in finding Duquesa and getting around.
A short walk to the west of Puerto de la Duquesa is the litlle fishing hamlet of Castillo de la Duquesa from which marina gets its name.The castle built in 1767 can be visited and is often used for local exhibitions. Nearby are largely unexcavated roman ruins. In the hamlet are a number of bars and retaurants.
A short walk to the east is the fishing village of Sabinillas. The seafront promenade makes a pleaseant walk.
Rising virtually from the beaches, in the mountains the famed white villages of Manilva, Casares, and Gaucin are all within an hours drive.
Cosmopolitan life can be found half and hour away in Puerto Banus with its shopping ranging from the ûerto Banus marina, El Corte Inglés, Marina Banus and above Marbella the sprawling La Cañada centre.
Duquesa is about one and a quarter hours drive from Málaga Airport on the A-7 coast road, 45 minutes from Gibraltar airport.and one and half hours from Jerez Airport. Leave the A-7 coast road at km 142 for Duquesa
Duquesa is on the 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. More info>
Hire a car is best way to get around as public transport is limited. There is a local car hire company in the port itself or consult our general Car Hire page or the Malaga Airport Car hire page or Gibraltar Airport Car Hire.