La Duquesa is located in the town of Manilva in Malaga, next to the Puerto Deportivo de La Duquesa, and has been affected by the regression induced by the port.
Area of historical interest. There is a Roman site called “Entorno del Castillo de la Duquesa”. The Castle of the Duchess, well preserved, was built in 1767 during the reign of Carlos III, to improve the defense of the coast of the continuous landings of pirates and corsairs. Around it, there is a Roman archaeological site.
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.
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.