The Beaches of Manilva
Manilva is a municipality in the province of Malaga
which is situated in the province of
Andalucia, in the Costa del sol.
Manilva stretches from Punta Chullera to the west and Manilva
Rió to the East. It has 7.8 Kilometres of beaches ranging from the low cliffs and rocky
coves in Punta Chullera to the wide sandy beaches that are spread around the
fishing village of Castillo, the Marina at Puerto de la Duquesa and the expanding town of Sabinillas.
Manilva town itself sits above Sabinillas approximately 2 Km from the coast.
The many expansive
beaches offer a safe opportunity to take
advantage of a range of
Activities that include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and a mixture of leisure water sports.
The local beaches are;
This beach is at the west end of Manilva and consists of a small rocky cove at the
mouth of Calataraje
The arroyo forms the boundary with municipality of San Roque in the province of Cadiz.
The waters are shallow and clean playing host to Octopus and Sea Urchins
need to take care) Playa de la Chullera is the beach that extends from the arroyo toward San Roque and is extremely popular, especially with the Spanish
people who often spend weekends and sometimes most of August camping there.
Playa de los Torros
This is a small quiet cove that consists of rocky outcrops and shell beaches and is
also served by the Sal y Sol
chiringuito. The beach runs parallel to the
main Malaga duel carriageway and is reached via a slip road just before the pedestrian bridge at Punta Chullera.
Playa del Gobernador
Approximately 850 metres long and sandy this beach offers a quite place to
access the sea and take advantage of the wide beach for beach sports. It can be reached by the Playa Paraiso Urbanisation or the Venta de Asfalto
(on the Malaga bound side of the carriageway) just before the Paraiso roundabout.
Cala de la Sardina.
This is small beach of approximately 150 metres located between two rocky peninsulas
just east of Playa Paraiso.
Playa de Tubalitas
This is yet another beach that is bounded by an arroyo this time the Negro. There are
small green hills at its land border. The sea is renowned for an abundance of Tuna fish and used to be the location for the placement of “tunny nets” used
to catch the fish.
El Negro (Los Toros)
Named after the bulls that found their way to the beach from the adjacent
Canadá Real on their way to Estepona from Los Barrios. It is the longest beach in
Manilva and is often frequented by sea fishermen at various times of the day and year. It runs from the arroyo Negro to the arroyo Indiano
located just to the west of Castillo village.
La Duquesa (Playas Castillo & Duquesa)
Again bounded by two arroyo the Indiano to the west and Penuela to the east this 1150
metre beach includes Castillo and Puerto de la Duquesa, a beautiful
“blue flagged” marina.
It has a range of rocky outcrops and wide sandy beaches stretching both sides of the Marina.
As can be imagined the port and it supporting beaches are extremely popular and needs the three Churinguitos that provide inexpensive refreshments.
A full range of water sports and beach activities are available on the Sabinillas side of the marina.
This is yet another “blue flag” beach stretching for 1650 metres between the
Port and the Rió Manilva and includes the entire town frontage of the town of Sabinillas. It is also a “working beach” as local fishermen still
launch their boats here recovering them to the beach on return via capstan winches.
The beach is cleaned daily throughout the summer and several lifeguards
and first aiders are available to offer help where and when required.
Hence this is a popular beach for tourist and locals alike.
The café and restaurants that face the beach are varied and plentiful, offering a range of cuisine that should meet the needs of all.
The new and extended promenade offers a great opportunity for an uninhibited walk which
can extend west, on the beach, to Castillo village and beyond for a distance of about 3 to 4 kilometres.