Conveniently close to Marbella, Sotogrande and Gibraltar, but with a cool, breezy charm of its own, La Duquesa is one of the Costa del Sol’s best kept secrets.
Recently awarded a Blue Flag, La Duquesa is popular with both boat owners and tourists. During the day, boats bob about on crystal clear waters of the marina and behind them, the brilliant white of the apartments and commercial buildings set off the green palms lining the promenade. By night, up-lights cast a romantic glow over diners and pedestrians soaking in the atmosphere.
Flanked on either side by beaches: the Playa de las Gaviotas and Playa del Castillo to the west and Playa Sabinillas to the wast, the fishing villages of Sabinillas and Castillo de la Duquesa (named after its 1767 castle) offer beachside amenities and a character all of their own to explore.
Behind the port, La Duquesa Golf and Country Club has an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The Alcaidesa Links overlook the Rock of Gibraltar with Heathland, Valderrama, Sotogrande, La Reserva, La Cañada and San Roque courses all well within an hour’s drive.
Unlike many spots on the Costa del Sol, La Duquesa is only really busy during the height of summer. The rest of the time it remains a stylish, authentic Spanish town. There is a community of expats made up from mostly British, Irish and Scandinavians.
Most urbanisations surround the golf course offering a mix of townhouses and apartments with community pools. Further inland there are villas with private gardens and pools, or you might prefer an apartment in the town centre itself.
The marina services cover moorings for boats of up to 20 metres, refuelling, washing facilities, satellite television, 24 hour security, electricity and water on a meter system.
Approximately 30 minutes drive away is Marbella’s Puerto Banus with the shopping areas of Puerto Banus marina, El Corte Inglés and Marina Banus. Just inland of Marbella is the enormous La Cañada shopping centre. There are plenty of shops, supermarkets and banks in the town itself too.
La Duquesa is around an hour’s drive from Malaga and 45 minutes drive from Gibraltar airports. It’s on the Estepona – La Linea (for Gibraltar) bus route.
There are many health care providers in the town, both public and private. The closest medical centre and dentist are both in Sabinillas, on the road San Luis de Sabinillas