Punta de la Chullara
Punta de la Chullera, in the Manilva municipality is part farmland, part coastline. Only half an hour drive from Marbella, this area is a favourite for weekenders seeking to get away from the busier beaches to the east as well as those coming from Gibraltar and Algeciras in search of a nice place to spend the day.
Punta de la Chullera's beaches sport low cliffs and rugged areas in contrast to the flatter sandy beaches stretching up and down the Coast on either side. And these are comfortably warm, Mediterranean waters, thanks to the fact that we haven't yet rounded the Punto de Europa and headed west towards Atlantic temperatures. Diving is popular here and if the old sea dogs' tales are to be believed, fishing is excellent and more than one prize size tuna has been taken from these waters.
Spectacular views of Gibraltar, often shrouded in a bit of cloud, are one of Punta Chullera's outstanding characteristics, creating the backdrop for an unforgettable day at the beach or idyllic country living.
Just minutes west of Punta de la Chullera, is Puerto de la Duquesa with its recreational port and accompanying 18 hole golf facilities. And continuing right around the corner Sotogrande offers a luxury marina, world class golf, polo, private international schools, numerous eateries and an eclectic, outdoor weekend market bartering away everything from antiques and fine arts to African imports and homespun arts and crafts.
Approximately 20 minutes to the east is Estepona with its sunny fishing port packed with eateries to suit every taste, a bustling, historic centre.
Punta de la Chullera's closest white village eastwards is with Manilva, an attractive town that has maintained its Spanish charm even as it has begun to become a popular item on visitors' agendas. Neighbouring Manilva is is San Luis de Sabinillas, with nice beaches.
Westwards amd into Cadiz Province is Torreguadiaro, next Sotogrande and Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro and inland around the Guadiaro River basin and known for its delightful orange groves are San Enrique de Guadiaro, San Martin de Tesorillo and Guadiaro.
HOTELS IN TORREGUARDIARO (near PUNTA DE LA CHUlLERA)
All rooms at Milla de la Plata offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. The hotel is situated overlooking a quiet cove just 2 km from Puerto de Sotogrande Port.