Puerto de la Duquesa is otherwise known as Costa Del Sol’s best kept secret.
We are pleased to offer a selection of luxury villas in Duquesa. Every villa to rent in Duquesa that we provide is close to the beach and all amenities. The resort has a marina with more than 300 berths and a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.
The marina was once said to be the next Puerto Banus, but instead it has managed to keep its charm and quiet environment. This makes our villas in Duquesa a great holiday choice for families. Either side of the marina there are two safe, sandy beaches – one reaching as far along as Estepona and the other as far as Sotogrande.
The people who live in and around the La Duquesa marina are mostly English speaking. Further along from the marina is a small village called Castillo de la Duquesa. It is named after the fortress which is located at the entrance to the village. This part of La Duquesa is mainly Spanish speaking, with plenty of traditional Spanish bars and restaurants.
Although within easy reach of the airports of Malaga (40 minutes) and Gibraltar (30 minutes), our luxury villas in Duquesa seem like they’re 1,000 miles away from the throng of the holiday resorts, and offer an unparalleled quality of life in Southern Spain.
Due to its good weather, Spain has become a popular golfing destination. Our private villas in Duquesa are close to the local golf course – La Duquesa Golf & Country Club. It has 18 holes and boasts amazing views, looking out to Marbella, North Africa and the Rock of Gibraltar. There are also many golf courses in surrounding areas, such as Marbella, Estepona, Puerto Banus and Sotogrande. These all offer a range of different courses, some having nine holes, some 18 and some up to 27.
Castillo de la Duquesa - Situated just to the west of the marina of Puerto de la Duquesa is the small hamlet of Castillo. Taking its name from the Castillo de la Duquesa, an 18th Century fortress which stands at the entrance, this fishing village has a history that can be traced back to at least Roman times, when it was a bustling industrial centre whose chief products were salted fish and a rather peculiar paste made from fermented fish guts known as Garum. This ancient 'gentlemen's relish' was much sought after back in Rome and so brought a great deal of prosperity to this corner of the Empire.
A private villa in Duquesa is ideal for those that want to see some of this ancient history for themselves – the remnants of the Roman settlement can still be seen today. To the southwest of the Castle, next to the Plaza de Banos, is the old bathhouse. Although currently behind a locked gate you can still see the remains of the boiler house with its oven, 'hypocausts' (under floor heating), and large stone bathing tank – as well as patches of the original mosaic flooring.
This is a British territory located on the south coast of Spain. Its town is built around the Rock of Gibraltar. It was used as an army and navy base during the war. Now it offers many attractions that those staying in a holiday villa rental can enjoy:
• Tour of the Rock: This takes the form of a minibus taxi ride around the rock. It takes around 90 minutes and the driver will stop at all of the attractions so that you can look around
• Cable Car ride: This will take you to the top of the rock in eight minutes, stopping at the Apes Den halfway up
• Barbary apes: The only free-roaming apes in Europe. There are around 160 living on the rock, which interact with visitors
• Great Siege and World War 2 Tunnels: Both of these tunnels are now open to the public. They’re great for history buffs, as they explain their turbulent story using waxwork models and props
• Moorish Castle: Open to the public, offering more information about the history of Gibraltar
• St Michaels Cave: A wonderful array of stalagmites and stalactites, lit up wonderfully. Part of this cave has been transformed into a concert theatre
• Dolphin safari: This departs from the marina bay complex (outside Bianca’s). The trips – offered by several different companies – last for around an hour and a half, taking you away from shore to see and (possibly) touch the dolphin
• Main Street: The main shopping street in town, there are many British shops such as Marks and Spencer and Dorothy Perkins, as well as shops selling glassware, priceless porcelain, unusual pottery, leatherwear, perfumes, jewellery, silks and cashmere
Going the opposite way from Duquesa there is the water park, Parque Acuatico Mijas, which features pools and other aquatic attractions for the whole family. Open May through October, the aquatic park has enough to offer for a full day of sun and exciting water adventures. Water Park Mijas - ideal for your family fun when you stay at a luxury villa in Duquesa.
Wildlife & Nature Reserve
In Estepona you can find Selwo Adventure wildlife park, which is spread over 100 hectares of land and is the largest wildlife park in Europe. There are more than 2,000 species of animals from all over the world. They can be viewed both on foot and also from 4x4 vehicles which take visitors around the park.
There are ferries departing from Gibraltar, Algeciras and Tarifa taking you to Tangier and Ceuta in Morocco, they run on a daily basis and take between 80 and 90 minutes.
Food and Drink
If you’re a fan of fine cuisine and you’re seeking a villa to rent in Duquesa, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of local dining options. On the marina there is a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars, offering cuisines from many different cultures, such as Italy, China, India, Thailand, England and Spain. In Castillo de la Duquesa there are mainly fish and Spanish restaurants. The bars in the marina offer different environments, from the Bar Duquesa which is an exclusive cocktail restaurant to the waterfront which offers karaoke and discos.
Whilst staying at your holiday villa rental, you may want to sample some of the local markets, which are held throughout the week in the following areas:
• Monday: Marbella Town
• Tuesday: Fuengirola, Marbella Town, Benhavis
• Wednesday: Istan, Estepona
• Thursday: Guaro
• Friday: Marbella, Casares, Mijas Costa
• Saturday: Estepona, Istan, Fuengirola, Ojen, Mijas Costa, Nueve Andalucía
• Sunday: Estepona, San Roque, Sotogrande, Fuengirola, Sabinillas
Fiestas/Festivals in Puerto de la Duquesa
Make sure you rent a villa in Duquesa at the following times of year if you want to join in the local festivities:
• January 5: Three Kings Cavalcade
• January 6: Epiphany
• February 26 to March 2: Semana Blanca
• February 28: Andalucía Day
• February & March: Carnivals (dates vary)
• March 31 to April 8: Semana Santa
• May 1: May Day
• May 14 to May 20: Manilva International Festival
• June 23: Noche de san Juan
• July 16: Virgin del Carmen
• July 26: Dia de Santa Ana
• August (second week): Summer Fair
• August 15: Assumption Day
• September 1 and 2: Vendimia
• October 12: Spain Day
• November 1: All Saints Day
• December 6: Constitution day
• December 7: Puente
• December 8: Immaculate Conception
Solmar Villas in La Duquesa
All of our luxury villas in Duquesa have a private pool and are carefully chosen and approved by our staff. Our high standards ensure that we only select the very best villas in Duquesa to rent for our clients.
As well as villas in Duquesa, we offer luxury properties in the Costa Del Sol resorts of Estepona, Nerja and Sotogrande.
We also have a full selection of holiday villa rentals in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and the mainland Spain regions of Costa Blanca and Costa Brava.
Click below to see all our private villas in Duquesa.