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)

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Our latest trip to Puerto Duquesa (end April to beginning May) was great fun - the weather was perfect (up to 25 degrees, but cool in the evenings), and we discovered a couple of new places and re-discovered some old ones.

First of all, I would highly recommend Suite at the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile in Marbella. My memory of this glamorous, Morrocon themed restaurant was not good; the food average, the bill huge, the seating uncomfortable. But, to my surprise, we had a fantastic, reasonably priced (for Marbella) meal in comfort! We started with the mezze which consisted of falafel, hummus, pita bread, etc. and got our taste buds suitably excited for the main course. The chicken cous cous, served in a large terracota pot, was filling and delicious and the sea bass, very tasty with delicious crispy onions and al dente vegetables. The total, sin alcohol, was €70 euros which, compared with London at least, wasn't too bad.

We also spent an afternoon in Mijas where we explored the botanical gardens, a couple of churches and the old town, as well as the donkeys! Definitely worth the drive.

Exciting news - the Hotel at La Duquesa has now been upgraded to 5* and I am really looking forward to trying out the spa (I think I said this at Christmas, but I will go in the summer).

Driving down through France and Spain in the summer - a full report to follow.