The Wonders of …. Duquesa.

Duquesa was the first area I moved to when I arrived in Spain. Having searched from Nerja along the coast to the west, I knew that once I arrived in Duquesa, this is where I would lay my hat.

Puerto de la Duquesa is approximately 40 years old now and one of the prettiest ports on the coast. The port is a hub for the foreign visitor with a lovely selection of bars and restaurants and a growing selection of shops and services. Daily boat trips and beautiful beaches, a promenade along the Med and a home to small boating community.

When looking at property addresses, the area of Duquesa spreads west from the port of Duquesa to include the beautiful hillsides of El Hacho, Los Hidalgos, Princesa Kristina, Hacienda Gudalupe and onwards until you reach the Cadiz border. All of this is encompassed under the area of Manilva.

There are kilometres of beaches and all vary, from wild stoney areas, to the blue flag beaches in Sabinillas that are wide and sandy and offer chiringuitos and beach beds. You will spot fisherman trying their luck along the coast and if you are lucky, Dolphins.

Of course we have many golf courses to choose from.

Duquesa is not an overbuilt area, we have lots of green around us, the mighty and glorious Sierra Bermeja mountain offers us a picture postcard and constantly changing backdrop and of course, the blue Mediterranean is always in our sights. Over the water we can see Africa and to the south of us is the rock of Gibraltar, seemingly rising from nowhere.

This is the area to be if you want to avoid the busier aspects of the Costa del Sol. There are no hen and stag parties and certainly no night clubs. It is a family and golfers area that is mainly self catering led in the many holiday rental apartments available. We don’t have an abundance of resort style hotels though on the Casares Costa we are proud to have Finca Cortesin, an award winning luxury hotel, spa and golf club.

Where is Duquesa

Duquesa lies approx. 100km west from malaga airport and only 45km from Gibraltar. It is situated between Sotogrande to the west, the home of Valderrama golf and Estepona to the east, a booming town and the prettiest (in my biased opinion)

Despite the port being built over 40 years ago and there being some original development at the time, the majority of the development happened when the new motorway linked it to Malaga airport in the late 90´s and early 2000’s. When I arrived in 2002 the cranes took over the vistas and development after development went up. Prices were high and the boom happened. Then the crash. By the end of that decade we saw drops of approximately 60% in prices here and in my opinion it was beause it was a luxury second home market.

In the past decade the prices started their climb and the area rejuvinated. First home buyers moved in and there is less stress on the market because people bought at lower prices. We have a more stable market place. Sandwiched between two high end areas (Sotogrande and Estepona), we have seen the steady progress and the improvements in the area.

La Duquesa has been a hidden gem on the Costa del Sol but grows in size and popularity year after year.

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