Surface Area: 35.3 square kilometres
What the natives are called: Manilveños
Monuments: the La Duquesa castle (or Sabinillas fort), Santa Ana church and the Chullera towers
Geographical Location: This is the western-most municipality on the Costa del Sol and therefore borders on the province of Cádiz. It is 97 kilometres from the city of Málaga and 35 from Gibraltar. The average annual rainfall in the area is 750 litres per square metre and the average temperature is 17º C.
Tourist Information: Tourism Office, Calle Duquesa de Arco, 53 (29692). Telephone: (+34) 952 89 36 79 Fax: (+34) 952 89 16 00 E-mail:[email protected]
Manilva is a charming Andalusian village, sitting close to the sea and surrounded by vineyards. On the westernmost tip of the Costa del Sol, it borders on Cádiz. Manilva has wonderful beaches and a world-class marina. The municipality comprises five major districts and several housing developments. The main tourist sight is La Duquesa Castle, containing valuable archaeological evidence.
The Castle of La Duquesa or Fortín de Sabinillas was built in 1767, on the site of an ancient Roman villa, to protect the coast from pirate attacks. The man in charge was a citizen from Seville, appointed by the King as the commander of a cavalry regiment. The fortress has been designated as an Asset of Cultural Interest.
Other Assets of Cultural Interest in Manilva are the Neolithic village in Castillejos de Alcorrín and the Roman site adjoining Fortín de Sabinillas, including baths, a cemetery and a fish salting factory of great historical value.
La Duquesa Marina offers more than 300 berths and a wide array of leisure facilities. In Manilva you can do water sports, go on marine life watching excursions or play golf in a fabulous 18-hole course midway between the sierras and the sea.
Manilva’s coastal strip spans 8km, divided into fine-sand and crystal-clear-water beaches. Several of them, awarded the EU Blue Flag, are ideal for a splash or a stroll along the seafront promenade.
How to Get There
From any point on the Costa del Sol, take the Mediterranean expressway towards Cádiz. Beginning at Estepona there are two options: either continue on the aforementioned AP-7 expressway, or else get onto the old coastal highway N-340. In either case, the signs for Manilva will leave no doubt, but you must take the A-377. The village is very close to the coast and halfway between the two aforementioned routes.