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Duquesa - The jewel of the Southern Coast.

The Southern coast’s best kept secret, Duquesa lies west of Marbella just about an hour from Malaga airport and 30 minutes from Gibraltar airport. An oasis of peace, in an area that has retained a distinct Andalucian charm and character, Duquesa offers serenity and relaxation for a holiday like no other on the Southern coast of Spain

The perfect place for a morning croissant and coffee, overlooking the variety of boats that jostle in the marina, the stunning port of Duquesa provides the ideal location for all types of water sports and boating activities.

The attractive promenade around the marina is home to a tempting selection of family restaurants, bars and cafés. Options for eating include French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai and of course, Spanish with its fresh local fish.

Situated a short walk from the port is the Duquesa Golf and Country Club with an 18 hole course offering wonderful sea and mountain views. As well as golf, you can play tennis, squash or use the fully equipped gym.

Whatever you’re looking for on holiday you’ll find it at Duquesa. A 40 minute drive takes you either into the heart of Puerto Banús, with its vibrant nightlife and bustling shops, or alternatively take life at a slower pace in the quiet villages of Manilva, Casares or Benahavis.

So if a laid back evening meal and moonlit boats bobbing in the harbour is for you, Duquesa is most definitely the right choice.

Discover Estepona

Estepona is a large coastal town just over an hour from Malaga airport and 30 minutes from Gibraltar airport. It is well known for having kept its Spanish charm and character.

However, all facilities are here, with an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops.

The many cafes and tapas bars serve traditional Spanish ‘raciones’ and the older part of the town reflects a forgotten time of donkeys and horses, with its narrow streets and cobbles. Also to be found are unusual, cheap and friendly shops and bodegas.

In the centre of Estepona is La Rada beach the town’s most popular beach. It is 2.6km long and has an attractive promenade alongside.

Located throughout are Chiringuitos (beach bars), which serve traditional tapas, or a choice of cosmopolitan style dishes. Located at the west end of La Rada beach is the marina.

El Cristo beach is situated in a lovely cove to the west of the marina, with a number of beach bars. It makes an ideal place for long days in the sun. This is a popular beach that gets quite crowded at summer weekends. It is also a lively beach with music at some of the beach bars.

There are a number of quieter beaches to the east and west of Estepona such as Playa del Castor. Reached via a track, this is a place where you can relax away from the bustle of modern life.

The marina at Estepona is situated at the west end of the promenade and is a lovely place to take a stroll and have a look at some of the magnificent boats moored here. The marina area has an excellent choice of bars and restaurants to suit all types. A market takes place here every Sunday morning.

Estepona is still a relatively unspoilt haven on the coast, friendly, cosmopolitan in one breath, very Hispanic in another.