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Manilva & Puerto Duquesa Guide

Things to Do in Manilva & Puerto Duquesa

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Manilva is a small town, slightly inland, in a great location on the Costa del Sol. An undiscovered destination for many tourists, Manilva has maintained its Spanish influence and charm. The town is the perfect place for a bit of sightseeing or to just sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

With a history dating back to the Roman era, there is a great deal of things to see and do. The Roman Sulphur Baths of Hedionda are well-preserved, and visitors can still take a dip in its health-giving waters if feeling adventurous. Alternatively, if you'd rather enjoy the sights and atmosphere, it's a nice idea to join the families that picnic on the surrounding grass under the eucalyptus trees on a Sunday afternoon. For more history, you can explore the Roman Aqueduct along the road between the coast and the baths.

Most residents live in the commercial area of Manilva. The main street, Calle Mar, is worth a visit and pedestrianised making it a great place for a stroll. Other places of interest include the town hall, Casa de Cultura and the parish church of Santa Ana, which dates back to the 18th century.

For a taste of the local wine, try the locally produced sweet wine made from Manilva's grape harvest, which is celebrated in September. During and shortly after this period you will find grapes and raisins being sold at roadside.

Within the municipality of Manilva, which covers 35 square kilometres, you can also discover the different communities of Sabanillas - a fishing village on the coast, Castillo de la Duquesa where an 18th century fortress stands and Punta Chullera.

Another of the communities - Puerto Duquesa, is definitely worth exploring. Sharing a similar climate and an excellent standard of services, it is like an undiscovered Costa del Sol with a more authentic Spanish charm and quieter beaches. The port, usually teeming with yachts, is a splendid addition, with attractive promenades that offer an excellent variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. A Crafts Market, which is popular among both tourists and locals, is held two nights a week at the port.

For golfers, there is the 18-hole La Duquesa Golf and Country Club, which boasts views of the mountains and facilities including a gym and tennis court. There is of course a myriad of golf courses available throughout the Costa del Sol, commonly known as the 'Costa del Golf', should you manage to complete all La Duquesa's 18 holes!

Puerto Duquesa offers a look at authentic Andalucia yet also the cosmopolitan lifestyle of neighbouring areas such as Marbella and Puerto Banus, all within easy reach.

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