El Castillo de Duquesa is just immediately west of the port next to the little village which is called after it. It comes as a total surprise when you stumble upon its massive grey bulk, surounded as it is, by so much pristine white. It's more of a rectangular fortress then a traditional castle, although it does have towers at the corners. There...more
You will have gathered by now that Duquesa is the kind of place where everything revolves around the sea and indeed there is not a whole lot to do here that is unconnected with it. From my sister's apartment it's possible to be at the sea in two minutes which means you could walk down to the sea and watch the sun rise, take at least one long walk,...more
Duquesa has always had a harbour and obviously long before the yacht marina had even been dreamt of, it was a fishing port. The fishing boats are still there moored right under the sea wall in their own seperate section. Opposite this section is a row of fishermen's huts and these and the boatyard next to them are some of the very few buildings in...more
You have a great variety of nice places to walk in Duquesa but for me the favourite would have to be the sea wall. At the outer end of the harbour the sea wall splits, one side in the direction of Sabinillas, the other curving round the harbour itself. There are two sort of mini lighthouse/marker towers at either end and if you're here to take in...more
The buildings facing the northern end of the marina, enclose a perfectly planned little miniature town. There are steps up and down to several levels, plazas and streets, shops, pubs, offices and even a gallery or two. Something as self-consciously designed as this would not normally appeal to me but like everything else in Duquesa, it is done so...more
The heart of Duquesa is the marina. It's the place to come to have a meal or drink or to simply sit and watch the world go by. The yachts berthed here are simply to-die-for and who knows maybe one day I'll be able to afford one but for now I look. Sitting on one of the benches close to the water and watching the boats slap from side to side is very...more
'Charlie's American Pizza' is on the beachfront at Sabinillas, about a five- minute stroll along the seafront from Duquesa. Inside or out, eating here is quite an experience. Outside you have the beach and the sea just beside you, inside you have a traditional American diner theme, with massive comic strip illustrations framed on the walls. It...more
In Puerto de la Duquesa finding a good Mexican or Chinese restaurant can be far easier then finding somewhere to sample some authentic Spanish cooking. One such place however is San Rafael, a km or two west of the port near Aldea Beach. It's quiet and low-key, someplace where good food in traditional surroundings takes precedence over loud music or...more
We visited this bar on the first night. It is situated on the marina in Duquesa.
It also sells tapas, but we only stayed for a drink. There is a comfy couch right at the back of the bar with nice soft cushions. You look across the bar and you have a view of the marina through an archway.
Getting to Duquesa from Malaga airport is tricky if you're not hiring a car. A taxi, all the way is a stress-free option but at EUR 100, one that could quite possibly cost more than your plane ticket. The alternative is to get the airport bus service to Marbella, then a local bus to Estepona and from there, if you still have the energy, another bus to Sabinillas. We caught the bus from the airport to Marbella but it is not something Iwould be inclined to do again. Waiting more than 40 minutes in a 'queue' and then the rowdy free-for-all that ensued when the bus finally arrived was not pleasant. There were obviously more people than could fit on the bus and not knowing wheher you were actually going to get on or not after all that waiting was soul-destroying.
Meanwhile the free bus service from the airport into Malaga came and went , without any crush, at 10-minute intervals. I thiink a wiser decision might have been to catch that bus and then a connection to Marbella, from the main city bus station. From Marbella there was no problem connecting to Estepona but from there, rain still coming down in torrents we decided to take a taxi. This cost EUR 14 and added to the bus fares of EUR 14 came to a grand total of 28. Quite a saving on the cost of a taxi all the way but maybe one shouldn't put a cost on comfort. Returning, there were four of us and we took a taxi. Without a doubt, hiring a car would be the most sensible option.
The photo of the boat is to remind you why it's worth taking the trouble to get here.
In the contacts box I am putting the numbers of(1) Marbella and (2)Estepona bus stations. The website is for train travel. There is no train connection between Malaga and Duquesa but you may need to use it for other travel within the area
The English Bookshop is on the main road that cuts through Sabinillas en route south.It's run by a very pleasant English gentleman who loves to chat with his customers and is very helpful. It's quite a small shop but what a wonderful service, eliminating the need to cart heavy books along in your suitcase. He has new and secondhand books, mostly...more
The Sunday market in Sabinillas has now become so big that it is held outside the town in the local Feria ground, off the N340. It's on from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and if you want to get the best of the bargains, then get there as early as possible. I loved this market, as it wasn't too crowded and you could see things without having to push or jostle...more
This is definitely an ex-pat local custom but it has to be said that ex-pats are now a huge part of the life and social fabric of the Costa del Sol and to ignore this fact is to bury your head in the readily available sand. Free English language newspapers and periodicals are distributed widely up and down the coast and reading them, as well as keeping you abreast of the most truly intriguing and bizarre news items, gives a real insight into the sociological phenomenon that is the English. German/ Irish / Scandinavian invasion of Spain. The newspapers are fairly standard and mostly of interest because of the classified ads but the periodicals are of an amazingly high standard. These are fabulously glossy publications, that you would never in a million years get free of charge in an other place I'm aware of. The editorial content is pretty good as well with well researched , informative features and top quality photographs. There are far too many to mention but two of the best are definitely Andalucian Life and The Duquesa Guide
A lot of the shops in Duquesa are obviously geared to people who have lots of disposable income.
If money is no object then enjoy shopping here but if you are budget conscious you will do better by going five minutes up the road toSabinillas
Unique Suggestions: If you have to shop here then only get what you absolutely need at the time.
Fun Alternatives: Especially for foodshopping, do what most people here do, walk up to Sabinillas and go to the supermarket. There's a Mercadona and a Sol as well as several smaller outlets, which are all very good value indeed. The range of fresh food available is excellent and EUR 50 outlay will keep you going for a few days. If you want to do a big shop, then a taxi back to the port will cost you less than EUR 5.
You can walk from Duquesa to Sabinillas laong a newly built promenade. You will find many locals walking up and down late on an evening.You will find the bars and restaurants slightly cheaper here. We dined at the Argentinian restaurant (virtually the last restaurant on the promenade) and it was fabulousmore
El Castillo, the little village with the big name, is situated immediately to the south of Duquesa. It gets its name from the nearby Castillo de Duquesa and also has some Roman remains nearby.Though nearly entirely engulfed now by the apartment complexes on either side the village still retains its unique and sort of frontier-like quality. At...more
Andalucia's Pueblos Blancos are justifiably famous and it would be a real pity to leave this area without seeing at least one. Ronda , becuase of its famous gorge, is the visit of choice for most people when it comes to Pueblos Blancos but a stay in Duquesa /Sabinillas gives you a perfect opportunity to visit Casares, approximately 18 km inland....more
Fondest memory: Fondest holiday memories are frequently of the simplest things but usually, things which are unavailable to us in our lives at home. One of my fondest memories of Duquesa certainly comes under this category - watching the sun rise over the sea. This lovely spectacle is free and convenient requiring only a two-minute walk to the beach each morning. With few people about and a huge expanse of beach you can have this treat and what seems like the whole world, all to yourself.