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.

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Thanks / Gracias

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

Monday, March 23, 2009

March trip to Puerto Duquesa

Returned two weeks ago from a fantastic week in Puerto Duquesa. Weather was 15-20 degrees (t-shirt during the day) with chilly evenings spent under a duveet on the settee!

Took a drive to Gaucin, parking at the entrance to the town and then walking through via the main square to the castle at the fair end of the town. A lovely walk and not too strenous (apart from the climb to the castle). The castle was closed when we were there and opening times are, according to the English locals we bumped into, 'random'. The little market in the town square (on Saturdays) sold looks of nice trinkets and gifts and the bar opposite served excellent tapas included quails eggs on toasted bread with a piece of serrano ham and local spicy sausage. The views from Gaucin and on the drive are spectacular so do stop for photos!

Found a new restaurant in Nueva Andalucia called Thai Gallery (near the Shell station and in the complex where Dreamers nightclub is). It was full on a cold March evening and the food and service were excellent so will definitely be returning.

Traviata was up to usual standards - the seabass in lemon butter sauce really is unbeatable if slightly on the expensive side.

Visited Selwo after picking up a €5/person discount in the old town square in Estepona. A great day out with lots of animals in a semi-wild habit along with a more traditional zoo. Particularly pleased to see Little Kanver who I believe is the first baby elephant to be born in captivity in Spain. My only complaint is that the trucks to take your around the site are a little erractic and you can end up waiting for quite a while to get back to the carpark. Food also looked rough so we went to Laguna Village (next to the Kempinski just to the East of Estepona) and at at a delightful new Italian restaurant called Portofino. Sitting out of the patio overlooking the sea with some music from Puro Beach in the background was awesome.

Can't wait to return.

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