If you fancy a trip along the ‘other Costa del Sol’ as the western side is affectionately known, you come across a lovely little marina and golf community that is Puerto de la Duquesa. Although not too far apart geographically and sharing the same blissful climate, this side of the coast is much less developed and has bags of character and natural scenery.
Just 30 minutes from Marbella and the Aloha Hill Club, the area is blessed with seemingly endless Blue Flag pale sandy beaches and the port is popular for sports and outdoor activities. Offering full marina services, boat trips, scuba diving and wake boarding. History buffs can take a short walk to the small fishing village called Castillo de la Duquesa (from where the marina takes its name) where there are unexcavated Roman ruins.
Eating, drinking and nightlife opportunities are all present in abundance. There is also a fantastic array of cafes, bars and restaurants offering all types of international cuisines. From Thai and Indian to Spanish including superb local fresh fish. Golf aficionados may be interested to know that La Duquesa Golf and Country Club is designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The famed courses at Alcaidesa or Valderrama are just a little further towards Gibraltar.