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)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Long term rentals on the Costa del Sol

A regular reader of the blog contacted me recently to talk about his business, which specialises in long term rentals on the Costa del Sol. As he explains, now may be the perfect time to pick-up a bargain in Puerto Duquesa and surroundings, but a long-term rental could be an excellent short-term solution to test the water and confirm that a move to Spain is right for you...

With Spanish housing prices tanking, some brave souls, specifically those in the enviable position of having cash in hand, could be poised to finally make the move to Costa del Sol. It's often a good idea to take on a long term rental as an intermediate step between vacationing and buying. Staying for several months gives you the opportunity to switch from an idyllic vacation mode to the reality of living in an area that lacks the convenience and pace of major cities in the U.S. and the U.K.

That's not to say an extended stay in Puerto Duquesa, or anywhere along the Costa del Sol, will necessarily sour you on the experience of living in the region. I think we've all been on "vacations" that turned out to be physically and psychologically exhausting. Having a familiar, safe, and comfortable home to return to every evening can make those paradoxical stresses of vacation melt away. And, a long term rental can also give you a fairly clear picture of what working in the region would be like.

This site specializes in setting up long term rentals in the region.

Long Term Rentals Costa Del Sol has a variety of properties and competitive rates if you'd like to check them out.