Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

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Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa - the top four. Do you agree?

Coming in at number one, it has to be...

La Traviata

Why La Traviata you ask? Well, I'm basing my judgment on three things: (1) quality of food; (2) atmosphere; and (3) consistency. This is not about who does the most sophisticated dishes (for that I'll write a separate and altogether more pompous entry), but about who produces a great, hearty, filling meal in a nice environment. At La Traviata, the food is as fresh as it can be - Robert, the owner, or one of his staff, visit the local markets every morning to get the best ingredients - and the atmosphere both inside and outside relaxed and fun. On every visit I have had a good meal and, although not the cheapest in the marina, I still think it is good value.

Favourite dishes: gabas pil-pil to start then either a filet steak with garlic and herb butter or the sea bass with lemon butter sauce and sauteed potatoes.

Number two goes to...

The Macues

The Macues is a very close second to La Traviata. It's a traditionally Spanish restaurant run by two amiable brothers (provided they are in a good mood) who take good care of their patrons. The menu is extensive and, generally speaking, the food is very good. In terms of atmosphere, it is a little less suitable for kids, especially if they are boisterous, than Traviata and slightly more upmarket. The view from the covered terrace over the marina is superb.

Favourite dishes: scrambled eggs and smoked salmon to start followed by either the pork fillet in mushroom sauce or the sea bass baked in salt.

And in third place...


This friendly Italian eatery has one of the largest menus I have ever seen and, for a change, does everything on the menu (that's I've tasted) extremely well. From a rich, creamy spaghetti carbonara to a thin-based prosciutto e funghi pizza to a steak, all is excellent. Price wise, this restaurant is amazing value and, unlike the two restaurants above, is the sort of place you can eat frequently without having to worry too much about your credit limit. Definitely a great place to bring kids too.

Favourite dishes: too many to chose from.

And fourth best in the marina...

Il Capitano

The Captain, Tony, has been serving up pizza e pasta for as long as I can remember and it's always a good choice for a nice Italian snack. Whilst the quality is not up on the three restaurants above, there are still nice, tasty pizzas and good pasta dishes. Another good place to bring kids as they can run riot round the fountain without causing too much damage while you keep an eye on them from the comfort of your table. This place gets very busy in the summer, but if you wait a few minutes, Tony can usually pluck a table from nowhere.

Favourite dishes: pizza, especially the calzeone (huge), vesuvio and cosa nostra.


gillianjones2002@hotmail.com said...


I visit Duquesa at least twice a year. This website is really helpful for new visitors to Duquesa. For any ladies (and gents) who like to use Spa facilities Gran Hotel Elba Estepona, on the right as you head from Duquesa to the main Estepona website has excellent treatments, massage and pool spa facilities. You should also visit the Straw Donkey Restaurant for breakfast, the owner is a terrific Canadian chap.
Hope to see you in Duquesa soon!

puerto duquesa said...

Thanks for your comments Gillian.

kateelwell@live.co.uk said...

hi we're off to Duquesa tomorrow can't wait. My parents have an appartment over there,Its very nice lovely surroundings nice pools and facilities and close to the golf coarse. They have only recently purchased the appartment an wish to rent it to Duquesa "FANS". The rates are extreamely commpetitive and well worth it. Anybody interested we'd love to hear from you

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Matt said...

Hi. I'd always recommend Il Capitano. It's an obvious choice, but they are so friendly there, and the food is fantasic. One of the main reasons we keep going back there is because they are so good with children. The Straw Donkey has also been mentioned, and having booked up for 2 weeks in August, my children are already asking whether we'll be going back to the Straw Donkey.........we will.