Manilva’s 7.8 km of beaches run in a NE-SW direction and range from low cliffs and rocky coves at Punta Chullera to the 6.9 kms of wide sandy beaces broken only by the village of Castillo and the marina at Puerto de la Duquesa.




La Duquesa

Extending from the arroyo del Estanquillo to the the arroyo de la Penuela, the 1150m beach includes the village of Castillo and the Blue Flag marina of Puerto de la Duquesa and ranges from rocky outcrops at the Castillo end to wide sandy bays either side of the Marina.It is a popular bathing spot and has three chiringuitos (beach bar/restaurants) and in the summer various water sports and activities are available on the Sabinillas side of the Marina.


Running between the Port of Duquesa and the Rio Manilva this 1650m Blue Flag beach runs in front of the entire town of Sabinillas and the Unicaja Summer School (Colonia Infantil). The beach is a popular recreation area and is also still used by local fisherman who operate their boats from the beach using capstan winches to pull them back out of the water at the end of each voyage.
Outside of winter there are numerous showers available to bathers and during the summer the beach is watched over by numerous lifeguards and firstaiders. The beach is cleaned daily throughout the year and is one of the area’s great assets.

Punta Chullera

This is a small rocky cape at the extreme western end of the municipality and the small cove at the mouth of the arroyo* Calataraje is the boundary with the municipality of San Roque in the province of Cadiz . This rocky shore has shallow waters which are clear and clean and are home to an abundace of sea life including octopus and sea urchins (bathers beware).

*An arroyo is a river which only runs during rainy periods.

Cala de la Sardinia

Sardine Cove is a small beach of 150m in length nestled between two groups of rocks and runs adjacent to the ‘Playa Paraiso’ urbanisation which has named separate distinct areas: Playas del Gobernador, Playas de Tubalitas, etc.

El Negro

This beach, whose 650m run from the Cala de la Sardina to the arroyo de Alcorrin, is bordered by the smooth hills typical of this end of the municipality, and is well known as a passage for tuna fish and used to be the location for networks of ‘tunny nets’ used to catch these fish.

Los Toros

Named after the bulls which exited the adjacent Canada Real ( Royal gorge ) en route to Estepona from Los Barrios. It is the longest beach in Manilva and for more than half of it has no buildings by it. The beach runs up to the arroyo del Estanquillo just to the west of Castillo.