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)


Friday, May 4, 2007

La Menorah restaurant

Some good friends of mine reminded me about this excellent restaurant no more than a 10 minute drive from Puerto Duquesa. To get there, you simply head towards Estepona until you get to the main roundabout on the main road. Go all the way round the roundabout so you are coming back towards Puerto Duquesa and its the second exit on the right (the restaurant has yellow awnings and is in a small commercial area (Arena Beach) where there is also an excellent modern art gallery).

This is a typically Spanish place, albeit with a slight Basque influence, and the effusive owner and manager makes you feel very at home. If you dine early, there are likely to be a number of other English people in the restaurant, but go a little later, say 9 or 10pm, and the place is full of local Spanish people chattering away creating a nice continental atmosphere. The decor is smart and unpretentious and you can sit outside on the patio in the summer, although it is quite close to the main road so inside may be preferable.

The food is excellent and the menu wide ranging. I typically go for the gambas pil pil or the pate to start and then a filet steak or a fish dish to follow. It's good quality and simple, and for that reason quite charming. In terms of price, it is a little cheaper than the Macus (see Restaurants in Puerto Duquesa), but I would say the quality of the food is on a par.

Reservations are suggested, especially in season, and the telephone number is 952 792 734.

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