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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.
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.
Playa La Colonia and Playa Sabinillas are the fine beaches more>
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|
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>
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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.
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.
Sabinillas is on the local stopping bus from M-240 Estepona to La Linea (for Gibraltar) bus route. Consult bus timetables on our La Linea and Estepona bus station pages. Consult the bus stops on the M-240 Estepona - Sabinillas - La Linea bus route.
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
From Estepona Bus Station you can 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.