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)

Friday, March 16, 2007

More food – four fabulous restaurants no more than a 30 minute drive from Puerto Duquesa…

In no particular order…


This French owned, bistro style restaurant in the Old Town of Marbella is a well hidden gem. Situated in a beautifully restored old house, with a central courtyard and well, the atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated. The food includes typically French dishes, such as foie gras and tarte tatin, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. From personal experience, I can tell you that the foie gras, sea bass and steak (especially the chips) are excellent. The owner is also friendly and accommodating. Advance booking required.

Location: Calle Ancha 8 (just up from the Orange Square)
Tel. 952 900 450

Aroyo Hondo

Christian and Noriko run this amazing restaurant up in the hills near Casares. Serving lunch and dinner (depending on the time of year), the menu strikes the right balance between contemporary and classic, with all the dishes using the finest ingredients. If you are struggling to find a good place for Sunday lunch, the roast beef here is simply the best I’ve had, and I’d also highly recommend any of the Japanese inspired dishes on the menu (Noriko’s influence!) Depending on the weather, you can sit either inside the characterful restaurant or outside by the swimming pool. Advance booking required.

Location: See web site
Tel. 952 895 152
Email: info@arroyo-hondo.com
Web site: http://www.arroyo-hondo.com/

Los Abanicos

Nestled high above the busy coast, Los Abanicos is situated in the heart of the pretty little village of Benahavis. It’s a typically Spanish restaurant, which serves up huge portions of fresh food. This is not a place for sophisticated dishes, but for simple things done well. The pork filet in mushroom sauce is epic and could probably be shared between at least two people. The atmosphere, with a largely Spanish crowd, is a welcome relief from the overt ‘Englishness’ of some parts of the coast. Very good value as well. Advance booking required.

Location: Benahavis (in the main town)
Tel. 952 855 131

Tai Pan

A fantastic, but expensive Chinese restaurant located on the Golden Mile in Marbella right next to the Puente Romano hotel. All your favourite Chinese dishes along with some local specialities. If you like fish, the whole sea bass in soy and garlic is memorable. Sophisticated, international atmosphere. Advance booking required.

Location: next to the Puente Romano, Marbella
Tel. 952 777 893

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I visit puerto duquesa at least 4 times a year and each time i go back i consider moving over there , the atmosphere of the locals is uplifting and the food courts are delicious. If you are a person who goes on holiday and likes there English food Browns Restaurant is definatly the place to go i visit there quite alot and always feel welcome. I rate the food 10/10 and i always feel comfortable , and trust their food 100%.