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.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

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Thanks / Gracias

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


Monday, April 2, 2007

Markets near Puerto Duquesa

Street markets are an institution in much of Europe, and Spain is no exception. Listed below are a few of my favourites which are no more than a 30 minute drive from Puerto Duquesa. If you need to hire a car, see the Puerto Duquesa:Basics section.

Monday

Marbella: this market is located next to the Football Stadium in Marbella and sells fresh vegetables and fruits, clothing, souvenirs, household goods and much more. Probably not the best option for a first visit, but good for the seasoned market go-er who wants to pick up some bargains.

Wednesday

Estepona: similar to the market in Marbella, this is a general market selling everything but (or sometimes even including) the kitchen sink. Again, more suitable to locals/seasoned market go-ers.

Saturday

Nueva Andalucia/Puerto Banus: as far as I’m concerned this is the DADDY! A huge range of stalls – from typical touristy gifts to antique wardrobes – with a buzzy atmosphere. You probably won’t find a true bargain here, given its proximity to Puerto Banus, but the quality of the merchandise tends to be a bit better as a result. There are also plenty of cafes, bar and restaurants where you can grab a drink or snack when the heat gets too much.

My ideal Saturday would include the market followed by a relaxed lunch in Puerto Banus watching the world go by.

Sunday

On Sunday you have a choice between the arts and craft stalls in Sotogrande (upmarket), the touristy stalls in Estepona marina and the flea market in Sabinillas. All are worth a visit, but I’d probably recommend Estepona for the first time visitor

Warning

Despite the fact that Spain is on the whole very safe, pickpockets thrive at street markets (especially in the summer when they get very crowded). Leave you valuables at home, carry a limited amount of cash and never put anything in your back pocket or out of site. Although not the height of fashion (*shudders*), a bum bag is a good option if you want to keep everything safe and away from wandering hands.

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