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, July 8, 2008

Opera comes to Puerto Duquesa

I'm on a role with my posts today...

This sounds like it should be a good night:

Well known and popular Welsh Tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan will be performing 'A Special Evening of Opera & Musical Theatre´ at the five-star La Duquesa Golf Hotel on Saturday 26th July. Entitled 'Music of the Night´ it will also feature fellow West End professional Lydia Barrett.

As well as solo performances which will include Nessun Dorma (Turandot), Memory (Cats), No Llores por Mi Argentina (Evita), and Master of the House (Les Misérables), Steve and Lydia will duet with Music of the Night and All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera), Last Night of The World and Sun & Moon (Miss Saigon). They will also perform their popular classical duet Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye), which has been known to scarcely leave a dry eye in the house.

Those who have met Steve describe him as shy, quiet and extremely unassuming. It is therefore particularly surprising that this is the same person who sings such breathtakingly powerful songs. Originating from The Rhondda Valley in South Wales, he is undeniably a born singer and entertainer who trained at the Welsh College of Music & Drama and Mountview Theatre School in London.

Performing a handful of his repertoire in an evening would be an achievement for many, but to sing such demanding songs relentlessly in English, Spanish or Italian, almost without pause for two hours is remarkable. Steve is a truly dedicated professional, evidently passionate about his art; he somehow manages to juggle his rehearsals and numerous performances with a full-time job as a Financial Analyst in Gibraltar.

Steve’s 'after-dinner´ entertainment evenings have gone from strength to strength since he first performed locally last year and are often sold out. He is delighted that Lydia has once again agreed to join him for this special evening.

Canadian by birth but raised in England, Lydia trained at Arts Educational School in London and has appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber´s original production of 'Aspects of Love´, the original workshop of 'Sunset Boulevard´ and as Jemima in 'Cats´. Other roles include Liesel in 'The Sound of Music´. She works for a property development company in Gibraltar and also lives in the Duquesa area.

The evening of 26th July will begin at 7.30pm with a Cava and Tapas Cocktail Reception on the terrace overlooking the golf course. This will be followed by a four course dinner in the newly refurbished function suite above the Golf Club. The evening will culminate in two hours of showstoppers and classics from Opera & Musical Theatre.

Steve and Lydia welcome the opportunity to work with local businesses and very much appreciate the continued support of The Resident, Manilva Leisure, Andalucia Life, Glitterati, Spectrum FM, & Cache+.

July 26th will certainly be the musical highlight of the summer.

Advance ticket only €65.00 per head which includes all house wines, beers and mixers. Purchase by 18th July, available by calling 697 783 942 or from the offices of Manilva Leisure, Puerto de la Duquesa. Additional details:- www.slmlive.com

Blue flag for Puerto Duquesa

Great news!

Yet again, the marina and beaches at Puerto Duquesa have received a blue flag from the Association for Environmental and Consumer Education.

Full story here:


Puerto Duquesa holiday rentals - a guide

I receive hundreds of emails a month asking me for holiday rental recommendations. Unfortunately, I am not always able to respond personally, but in order to point you in the right direction I have teamed up with RentalSystems.com, one of the largest (and best value) holiday rental sites in the world to try and point you in the right direction. Some of their best properties are displayed on the right hand side of the blog above the weather, but this search tool allows you to do a deeper search of all the properties on their books for your desired dates.

Please let me have any feedback if you use this system as I am keen to offer the best advice on rental accomodation in Puerto Duquesa.

To find Puerto Duquesa, select:

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La Duquesa

Monday, July 7, 2008

Family on holiday in Puerto Duquesa seize drugs!

This news item caught my eye this morning:


Not much detail, but worth a read.

For those that are interested to learn more about crime and drugs on the Costa del Sol, Costa del Street Crime (on Bravo / Sky) is well worth a watch. Thankfully I have yet to see any incidents in Duquesa and they are mainly confined to the larger resorts further east towards Malaga. As I mentioned in a previous post, the local police are very conscious that they need to keep Duquesa safe for all to ensure that the tourists keep comings, and they seem to be doing a good job of this.