"Sabinillas and Duquesa - two sides of the coin" Estacar de la Duquesa by Ekaterinburg

Estacar de la Duquesa Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 46 photos

Downtown Puerto de la Duquesa

Puerto de la Duquesa is a fairly upmarket resort on the Costa del Sol situated about half way between Estepona and Sotogrande. Built around a yacht marina and fishing harbour, it really is an idyllic little spot where the same people come year after year and congratulate themselves on their good fortune in finding it. It's a perfect place to relax in as there is little in the way of noisy night life and all the bars and restaurants are clustered round the harbour. All the buildings in the port/marina area are of a similar design and what it lacks in old buildings, it certainly makes up for with elegant architecture and planning.

The "suburbs"

Duquesa itself is tiny. Just the port area and about two blocks back on either side ,of elegant, magnificently landscaped apartment buildings. The highway is behind, the sea in front and no matter how many developments sprout on the hills on the other side of the highway, the resort itself cannot be blemished or overdeveloped in anyway. But the really nice thing for the residents, is that as well as all this manicured perfection, they are flanked on either side by very Spanish settlements. On the Gibraltar side is the miniscule village of El Castillo and on the Estepona side, the town of Sabinillas. Sabinillas is a no- frills, average Spanish town and apart from the restaurants on the Paseo, there is little evidence of tourism. From Duquesa to Sabinillas is a 10 minute stroll along the Paseo Maritim and up there you can enjoy a really different way of life. So really, there is the best of both worlds here.
This photo is of a typical house front in Sabinillas.

El Castillo

Great name , EL Castillo but in truth it is probably a little unrepresentative of the village itself. There IS a castle but the village surrounding it is so tiny that if you blinked you'd miss it. Because it's so small it has got swallowed up a little between Duquesa and the developments on it's other side, but be that as it may, it remains pretty and atmospheric. On the 'off the beaten track 'section of this page there will be more photos and details about Sabinillas and Castillo.

  • Last visit to Estacar de la Duquesa: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 29, 2007
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    The marina and boats were very colorful and you took wonderful pictures of this sun mecca. It reads as if you saw a lot and enjoyed the leisure also.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    Stunning place to live, your sister must love it.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Hi how are u doing-lovely pg here I will have to come back later-Israel is getting closer...!only3wks to go!Well done tho- it will be great!Looking forward to the itinerary&to meeting u.Just had an xlnt VTminimeet of 3 lovelies on Sat!

  • Fullmoonfever's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2008 at 7:11 AM

    Yes, you are an Irish Rose!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Excellent page Katherine! Though no yacht, an apartment right next to the sea sounds wonderful for any sun and water lover - well, I'm one of them as well :) Walking along the sea and feel the smell of the sea, listen to it... Ah, it's magic! :)

  • Sep 26, 2007 at 5:05 AM

    I wish i could just say a magic word and be there right away! It looks so serene! so peaceful.Your transport guide is very helpful and the links for every tip is worth visiting. Thanks.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    With your excellent tips and beautiful photos you paint a very enticing picture of this part of Spain!! I too would love to stroll around a nice little spot like this, especially along the seawall and sandy beaches. Well done!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Nice tips!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Katherine, brilliant photos. It looks like you had lovely weather in Andalusia. I really like your practical tips like the one about the free newspapers or the second hand bookshop. Well done.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Lovely colourful page = everything looks so relaxing & fresh = sea spray is one of my favourite things

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