Manilva is a municipality of Malaga, located in the Costa del Sol occidental, which combines the charm of being by the sea while surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Bordering Casares and the province of Cádiz, and boasts great beaches stationed along eight kilometres of coastline that invite you to rest and breathe peace.
One of the most important monuments of Manilva is El Castillo de la Duquesa, also known as the "Fortín de Sabinillas". This was built in 1767, in the ancient Roman town, to defend the coast from continuing pirate invasions. This fortress, next to the Neolithic village of Castillejos de Alcorrín, is listed as a Site of Cultural Interest.
Manilva surprises its visitors with the number of beaches to be found on its eight kilometres of coastline. The Mediterranean Sea provides this municipality with extensive fine sandy beaches that have all the services that tourists want to find when they get to the shore, as well as others that seem hidden between the topography of the coastline. These include Playa de Sabinillas, Playa de Los Toros and Playa de Duquesa-El Castillo.
The many trails found in Manilva outline the landscape for adventurers who can enjoy several trips, including the Senda Litoral stage, taking you from this town to Punta Chullera.
What really typifies Manilva’s gastronomy is its fish and seafood. There is no dish more emblematic of the coast of Malaga than fresh sardines roasted on bamboo spits over a wood fire on the beach and this you must try when you travel there. Alongside Manilva’s traditional bars and restaurants are a whole host of international hostelries offering the opportunity to sample the cuisines of India, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Britain, Mexico, Argentina, amongst many others. It is this that makes Manilva such a delightful place to dine out, whether it be on the harbourside in Puerto Duquesa, on the promenade in Sabinillas, or in one of Manilva town’s street cafés.
Manilva is a wonderful area to enjoy a variety of activities for the whole family - golf, water sports, sporting activities, horse riding and there is always loads of things to do and fun events for children. The natural beauty and varied landscape in Manilva and the surrounding area lend the Costa del Sol to being a Mecca for most land and water based activities.
Manilva has the La Duquesa Golf Club, which opened in the late ‘70s and the course wraps itself around the El Hacho hill, and has stunning views of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the North African coast.
Along with Duquesa there are a large number of quality courses within a 30 minute drive including the world famous Valderrama, home of the Andalucia Masters, and Finca Cortesin home of the Volvo World Match Play Championships.