Duquesa, which is commonly known as Puerto de la Duquesa, is one of the Costa
del Sol’s best kept secrets. This quaint village is within a forty minute
travelling time of Malaga Airport, but it has the feel of being a traditional
Spanish village, without the usual throng of tourists. People are attracted to
Duquesa as it has a lot more natural scenery than other resorts found in the
Costa del Sol. There are restrictions in place to prevent too many holiday
developments from being built to keep the area manageable whilst providing all
the services you would expect on holiday. The area to the west of the marina,
known as Castillo de la Duquesa, was renowned for producing a paste known as
“Garum” during the Roman period. The paste was made from fermented fish and was
known as “Gentleman’s Relish”.
Main Tourist Attractions
One of the biggest attractions of Duquesa is its unspoilt, clean and uncrowded
beaches. There is a beautiful long stretch of sand offering watersports, diving
or just a chance to relax in the sun. The beach to the west of the town, near to
the old castle, is popular with families as the waves are not as rugged; this
makes it the perfect, quiet place to spend time with the children. Duquesa also
offers a fantastic golf course and there are other leisure facilities such as
tennis, badminton and a gym located at the Country Club. Lying to the west of
the marina is the Castillo de la Duquesa, an 18th century fortress and small
hamlet. Remains of the Roman settlement in this area can be viewed as well as
the remains of a beautiful mosaic floor of a Roman bathhouse. For the energetic
visitor, access to many trails can be found nearby, giving you a chance to
explore the wonderful mountain scenery surrounding the town.
Duquesa retains its traditional charm whilst providing all the items you need to
purchase whilst on holiday. There are several supermarkets and many small
boutiques and family owned businesses to browse in and while away the hours. The
local shops have many great gifts and souvenirs including local arts and crafts.
There is an open air market and a car boot sale held every Saturday. Duquesa is
also home to a unique craft market held twice a week at which attracts both
locals and visitors to the town. For the serious shopper, Duquesa is located
only twenty minutes from Marbella.
Eating out and Nightlife
There are many pubs, restaurants and cafés to be found in Duquesa. The marina,
with its capacity to dock three hundred vessels, has many bars and restaurants
situated at the water’s edge. Spanish cuisine, particularly seafood, can e found
in abundance. The town also caters for many international flavours including
Thai, French, British and Indian. Many of the bars have live entertainment and
Duquesa is a vibrant location every night of the week.
There are no nightclubs or discos in Duquesa which makes it an ideal spot for
families with young children and couples on a romantic getaway. The evenings are
very low key and nights are spent walking and taking in the town’s traditional
beauty or sitting down to some fine food and fine wine. For the clubbers;
Marbella is just a short journey from Duquesa.
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