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.

If you want to link to me or you want me to link to you, that'll work too. If I think you're a good local company and you're prepared to part with a few euros, you might be lucky enough to advertise on the blog (which, fyi, is page rank 3 on Google - just type in puerto duquesa at google.com).

Thanks / Gracias

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Safety in Puerto Duquesa

I was browsing the forums at Andalucia.com today and came across this thread discussing safety in Puerto Duquesa. Having spent 20 years or so in and around the marina, including during the summer tourist season, I have to say that I have never seen anything untoward, but I do know that, as some of the posters on the forum say, there have been muggings in the port before.

Should this concern you? Not really! There have only been a handful of muggings and any other violent incidents (very limited) have been in the very early hours of the morning outside a couple of bars. If you apply common sense and remain aware of your surroundings when you are at the cashpoint/ATM then you should be fine. Incidentally, the other incidents I referred to have been between groups of Spanish and English youths who, after a litre of so of vodka each, have failed to settle their difference through diplomacy!

I was once in Puerto Banus when it 'kicked off' in a bar - some idiot knocked over a table of drinks, there was pushing and shoving, more tables got knocked over - and within a minute or two security men on mopeds were whizzing to the scene to sort everything out. It was, until recently, the lack of any co-ordinated security presence in Puerto Duquesa that was my only concern (especially given the increasing number of people in the area), but this has now been resolved by the installation of a 24 hour security post. See 24/7 security for Puerto Duquesa.

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