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, February 15, 2009

Wonderful Spa in Puerto Duquesa

I've found my new favourite place in Puerto Duquesa...

...the wonderful new spa in the basement of the revamped and refurbished Hotel Golf La Duquesa.

Whilst the revamp of the hotel has been impressive, taking it from a 4* to 5* venue, the hidden gem is the thermal spa. All the regular treatments, such as massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing are available, along with the so called 'thermal club'.

Pay €15 each (based on two people using the buy one get one free offer) and you get access to a steam room, sauna, ice cave (frio!), vichy showers and a sizeable pool with eight or so different jet areas.

Start by entering the pool and working your way around the different jet stations. The chrome buttons activate the jets and they last for around 4-5 minutes before stopping. Spend one turn at each station and your body will be thoroughly pummelled, but relaxed. It really gets the circulation going and relieves any muscle tension.

Then hit the steam room and sauna to detoxify, followed by the ice room to cool down and close the pores, and then the vichy shower to wash down. A final session in the main jacuzzi tub - elevated over the main pool area - and you've just spent what I would consider to be 90 minutes of heaven!

Enjoy.