El Puerto de La Duquesa and its castle

The Puerto de La Duquesa is a marina located in Andalusia, in the municipality of Manilva (Málaga province, Spain), that is enjoyed by sailors and tourists alike.

It’s a popular part of the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean resorts of Spain.

The beautiful port of Duquesa offers full Marina services for boating enthusiasts as well as a myriad of attractions for those with no aspirations to take to the water. For those that a do, a number of companies offer Jet Boat, Wake Board, Boat trips and Scuba Diving. The attractive promenades surrounding the port offer a variety of restaurants, intimate bars and cafes.

La Duquesa Golf and Country Club boasts an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones

It is relatively quiet during most of the year.

Main attractions

The Castillo de la Duquesa, also called fort or fort of Sabinillas, is a fortification protected by the generic Declaration of the Decree of April 22, 1949, and Law 16/1985 on Spanish Historical Heritage.

It was ordered to be built in the time of Carlos III, who fortified the entire coast of the Kingdom of Granada, taking advantage of and recovering the existing structures and building up to 32 new ones based on four models. The one of the Duchess was built in 1767.


La Duquesa – El Castillo Beach. With 1,600 metres long and an average width of 30 metres, it’s Manilva’s most extensive beach.

The beach has silica-slate sand and moderate waves. In an urban area next to the La Duquesa Castle has become one of the town’s most attractive tourist spots.

Port characteristics

Entrance width: 70 m
Anchorage: sand
Bocana: 3.8 m
Dock: 2 to 4 m
Berths: 328
Length of posts: 8 to 20 m
Moorings for rent: 25%
Port Radio: VHF CH 9 and 16

How to get to?

From Malaga 1 hr 11 min (101 km) via AP-7

From Seville 2 hr 15 min (213 km) via A-381 and E-5

From Madrid 6 hr 6 min (624 km) via A-4

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