Looking for a Christmas 2014 swap and school holidays from October 2014 and throughout 2015: Our three bedroom apartment has uninterrupted views of the mountains, the whitewashed village of Manilva, and a partial view of the sea, being on an urbanisation with 5 swimming pools, and among the many award winning golf courses that the Costa Del Sol has to offer.
Duquesa Village complex being situated 2 kilometres north of the coast towards the foothills gives splendid panoramic views over the sea and golf course and looks over the Port of La Duquesa which is the most attractive in the area. This is a 25 minute walk, or 5 minute car drive away, with the Courtyard Monte Duquesa being a 10-15 minutes hosting a small selection of bars and eateries.
Our apartment is a three bedroom spacious apartment, with an open plan living area, Sky TV, WIFI etc. The bedrooms comprise of a master bedroom with ensuite and jacuzzi bath, a second bedroom with double sofa bed and a third bedroom that acts as a nursery with cot and junior bed. There is also a second bathroom that is easily accessible for the second and third bedrooms.
The apartment has a large wrap around balcony perfect for 'Al Fresco' dining with our family sized gas barbecue, which can even extend to the daytime hours of the winter months, with a patio heater to ward off the odd evening chill. It also has underground parking, and we can also negotiate use of our car if required. It is very family friendly, with lots of kids toys for indoors and outdoors available (mini trampoline and slide, bikes, scooter etc.).
We are interested in most places, including South UK (for family visiting purposes), USA/Canada next summer, somewhere exciting for Christmas... surprise us!
Puerto de la Duquesa
Duquesa is one of the best kept secrets on Spain's Costa del Sol nestled between two sandy, clean, blue flag beaches, complete with beach bars; stunning port and marina, shops, restaurants, 18 hole golf course and over 330 days of glorious sunshine a year. Puerto de la Duquesa is situated between Marbella and Gibraltar and it remains a fascinating traditional working fishing port with the modern marina alongside.
The marina has an attractive promenade and a wide range of shops, restaurants and entertainment for all ages. La Duquesa is located 15km along the coast from Estepona and is within easy reach from the international airports of Malaga, Jerez and Gibraltar. Duquesa seems a million miles away from the throngs of holiday makers normally associated with Spanish holidays.
The port boasts a wide choice of amenities including a supermarket, bank, butcher and a wide choice of affordable, top class restaurants which include Chinese, Thai, Italian, English and not forgetting Spanish cuisine. There's also a great Italian ice cream shop as well as many boutiques and numerous bars. The apartment is about 2.5km away, approximately a 25 minute walk, hiring a car is the ideal, though not essential way, to explore the riches of the surrounding area e.g. along the coast to Soto Grande, Estepona (Gibraltar 25 minutes) and into the hinterland to discover the delights of villages such as Casares, the ancient town of Ronda in its spectacular setting. The area boasts 50 plus golf courses including nearby Valderama whilst Duquesa course fifth fairway is a mere 100m away
The Costa del Sol has not been named the Costa del Golf without good reason, it is simply a golfers paradise, there are some 72 golf courses in Andalucía, of which 45 are situated along the Costa del Sol , four of those are ranked in the top 10 in Europe, add to that a fantastic all year round climate and you are most definitely in golfing heaven. Golfers will enjoy an abundance of sunshine and mountainous landscape. No golf course here is pancake flat, often set on extreme terrain featuring steep elevation changes.
Most are perched up in the mountains high enough to offer at least a few glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea. Golf's high season in the Costa del Sol ranges from mid-March through May as well as October through December. Sunshine is plentiful here (about 300 days a year). Winter temperatures have an average high of 16-19 degrees Celsius, while the summer month highs in July and August are 29 degrees Celsius.