the local area - Duquesa and Sabinillas


Puerto de la Duquesa really is one of the Costa del Sol's best marinas. Although within easy reach of the airports of Malaga (60 minutes) and Gibraltar (45 minutes), La Duquesa seems like a thousand miles away from the throng of the holiday resorts

La Duquesa enjoys an advantageous location to the west of Marbella ­ sometimes called "the Other Costa del Sol". 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 and all the excellent services and infrastructure of the rest of the Costa del Sol. This is primarily due to a limited and well-managed development. The result: an ideal balance of relaxed living with easy access to every imaginable amenity. In other words, quality of life.

The beautiful port of La 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 in which to while away the days.



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. h3O 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. 


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.

One of several chiringuito beach huts in duquesa stretching along the beach for relaxing in

Duquesa beach with sun loungers




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 expats working locally and 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 A7.



Sabinillas beach still features traditional fishing boats used by the locals


Sabinillas promenade is lined with restaurants and bars and you can walk for miles along it

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. The Sabinillas beaches are popular with families


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


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. 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


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.


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.

We do recommend car hire as the local area has public transport but it is limited, taxis are widely available and there is so much to explore in Andalucia. We can arrange airport transfers.

For car hire from Malaga Airport we would recommend

Although untested by us BRUNOS car hire come recommended by friends at Gibraltar airport