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August 24, 2013

Raft Race in La Duquesa Marina – Saturday 24th September 2013

Due to the success of last years first raft race, this morning at 11.30  there will be another raft race in Puerto de La Duquesa.  This time there will be 11 hand made rafts made or sponsored by local businesses competing for 1st prize.

Raft Race Puerto de La Duquesa, Manilva, Costa del Sol, Spain

The Raft Race, organized by the Leisure Lounge Bar and the Foreign Residents Department,  will start at 11.30 from the far end of the marina and they will race towards the end of the marina where Duquesa Activities have their stand.

If its anything like last year not all will make it to the end and its great fun to watch and cheer on your favourite raft.

From 21.00 there will be a live concert with an Adele Tribute band and the prize giving in the Leisure Lounge Bar!

August 20, 2013

Residencial Duquesa, Manilva, Costa del Sol, Spain – 4th Phase Released

The 4th phase of the popular Residencial Duquesa development was released yesterday.

Apartments for sale in Residencial Duquesa Manilva Costa del Sol Spain

This development is fantastically located within walking distance to the bars and restaurants in La Duquesa marina, the banks and shops of Sabinillas and some of the sandy beaches of the municipality of Manilva.

With Malaga International airport 1 hour away and just 30 minutes from Gibraltar Airport, it is the perfect location for holidays or full time living.

Aerial View of Residencial Duquesa Manilva Costa del Sol Spain

Prices start at just €91,200 for these modern 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartments with 100% finance optional.

For more information and details of availability please contact info@barringtonhomes.eu or call +34 952 936 216



August 19, 2013

Currencies Direct Weekly Market Analysis – Sterling maintains new found strength

Filed under: Currency Information — Lucy @ 11:52 am

Sterling maintains new found strength

August 18th, 2013

Welcome to your weekly market analysis email from Currencies Direct where you can stay one step ahead of your friends on the latest news and reviews of the financial markets. Our aim is to provide you with an easily digestible weekly update of how the financial market is performing using the expertise of your dealers who make it their sole aim to keep on top of the market movements.


Sterling has managed to retain its new found strength post the MPC meeting and BOE governor Mark Carney announcing a clear strategy to hold interest rates until unemployment gets to a level under the 7% barrier. However, markets have failed to be convinced by those signals as they expect a rate rise earlier than the Bank’s forecast of late 2016, implying that rates would have to increase sooner based on the consistently positive data that has come out this month. A slight pullback seems to be likely next week from current levels as the pound seems to have topped out on its recent run coupled with the lack of economic data to back it up as we move into next week.


The data flow from the US continues to point to September tapering by the Federal Reserve, after retail sales and jobless claims show an economy grinding out a recovery and crucially not creating very much inflation in doing so. The Fed’s dual mandate intact, gradual withdrawal of the asset purchase scheme will probably be met with howls of derision by risk markets and may be Dollar positive in over the next quarter as stimulus is gradually taken away in Q4. Next week should a quiet one for the Dollar unless taper talk sparks major sell-off in risk assets. The annual Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers has been the platform the Fed used to launch successive QE programs; any announcements emanating from the conference are likely to impact the Dollar over the coming week.


It has been a good data week for the Eurozone too with confirmation that it has officially exited a recession. Germany and France were the main drivers of Eurozone growth in the second quarter with the periphery still struggling. Inflation in the Eurozone remained unchanged at 1.6% and the Eurozone recorder a trade surplus of 16.9 billion in June. The better numbers failed to follow through into Euro strength until a rally at the end of the week. Next week we have Euro PMI’s in both manufacturing and services and consumer confidence to look out for.

The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information.

Rock Jumping Fun in Manilva, Costa del Sol

Filed under: Lifestyle,Things to do — Lucy @ 9:02 am

Manilva Municipality has 7.8km of coastline ranging from the “Blue Flag” sandy beaches of Sabinillas and La Duquesa to the pebbly and rocky coastline near Punta Chullera.

Punta Chullera Beach Manilva

If you love rock jumping there is a pebbly beach near Punta Chullera where the braver kids, teenagers and adults love to jump off the rocks.


Rock Jumping in Manilva


Rock diving Manilva

Which is your favourite beach in Manilva?

Please leave a comment below or email me at lucy@barringtonhomes.eu



Costa Water Park Now In Sabinillas, Manilva

The offshore inflatable assault course a bit like the course on the TV show “Total Wipe-out” has proved such a success in Elviria, Marbella, that they opened another one at Mistral Beach near Puerto Banus, Marbella and now in Sabinillas, Manilva!

Costa Water Park like Total Wipeout Near Puerto Banus

Costa Water Park Near Puerto Banus, Marbella

It is excellent fun for (nearly ) all the family although it can be quite exhausting.
Costa Water Park Sabinillas

 Inflatable fun in Sabinillas, Manilva, Costa del Sol, Spain

Inflatable in the sea in Sabinillas, Manilva, Costa del Sol



Inflatables in the sea in Sabinillas, Manilva, Costa del Sol, Spain

For just 10€ per hour it is a great value way of getting fit and having fun at the same time.

For more information see http://www.costawaterpark.com/

What is your favourite thing to do when on holiday?

Please leave a comment below or email me at lucy@barringtonhomes.eu


Spanish Property Insight August 13 2013

Filed under: News,Property — Tags: , — Lucy @ 8:19 am

I have just read Mark Stücklins excellent article “Too many homes in the wrong place, too much red tape” (http://www.spanishpropertyinsight.com/2013/08/13/too-many-homes-in-the-wrong-place-too-much-red-tape/) which sums up what has happened and what is happening in the Spanish Property market.  He says that Spain’s real estate problem “is not so much a glut as too many homes in the wrong place” and “not enough for sale where people want them”.

If you had watched the recent Top Gear episode where Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May,  drive the McLaren Mp4-12c Spider, Ferrari 458 Spider and Audi R8 Spyder from Gibraltar through Spain, you would have seen evidence of some of “the glut”.  Large developments on the outskirts of Spanish cities or large towns that are like “ghost towns” and which you cant imagine anyone ever wanting to live there.

These developments were bought by greedy developers and financed by thoughtless banks happy to lend to anyone without considering the consequences.  If they had been made to build better quality and well designed properties in the better locations then the country’s overall situation would be much healthier.

To support Mark Stücklin’s statement that “there are not enough for sale where people want them”, we have witnessed a surge in activity of people wanting to buy property in the La Duquesa, Manilva, Sabinillas and Casares areas.  The problem we are facing is that we are running out of properties to sell.  The only reason why some of the properties we have listed are not selling is simply because the vendors cannot lower the selling price down to the current market values.

The area Barrington Homes covers is only a 20 minute drive from Marbella, the area Mark mentions that will sell. Because our area is not as well known as Marbella many people start their property search in the Marbella Municipality and end up buying in the Manilva or Casares Municipalities as they discover and fall in love with the place and can buy a property at a fraction of the price.

Barrington Homes have a large number of clients coming to look at property with a view to buy over the next couple of months.  If you are considering selling your property please contact Damian or Claire on +34 952936216 .

If you are thinking of buying a property in Spain and would like to know more about our wonderful area, please email me at lucy@barringtonhomes.eu and I will send you the guide I have written about this beautiful area.

August 11, 2013

Sotogrande Polo tournament 2013

Every summer Sotogrande, the neighbouring seaside resort to Manilva,  is the venue for one of the biggest polo tournaments of the year.  Top polo clubs from all over the world relocate to Sotogrande for the summer with their top polo horses and polo players to compete in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cup Tournaments.

Polo Sotogrande - Santa Maria Polo Club


The rich, famous and royalty flock to Sotogrande to watch the exciting matches which is open to all.  Entry to watch the matches is normally free except for the Gold cup grand finale where a small entrance free is usually charged.

Below is the timetable for the rest of the matches this summer:

Sotogrande Polo - silver cup timetable

Sotogrande Polo Timetable

Sotogrande Polo Tournament - Gold Cup Timetable

Sotogrande Polo Tournament - Gold Cup Timetable

Sotogrande Polo Tournament - Gold Cup Timetable

Sotogrande Polo Tournament - Gold Cup Timetable

If you have any events within a 50 mile radius of Manilva that you would like to be promoted please email me at lucy@barringtonhomes.eu.


If you are looking to buy a property in Spain to live in or for holidays or are looking for a holiday home to rent short term,  please contact info@barringtonhomes.eu and a member of our team will be happy to help you.





Sotogrande celebrates its 50th anniversary

Filed under: Local Events & Culture,News — Tags: , , , , — Lucy @ 11:59 am

Last week numerous spanish celebrities flocked to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Andalucia’s most up-market urbanization – Sotogrande.  The event was held at Sotogrande’s exclusive beach club “El Cucuracho” which is situated at the foot of the Mediterranean sea with views of Gibraltar and El Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande.

El Puerto Deportivo Sotogrande

Over the last 50 years Sotogrande has developed into an extremely popular up-market residential development with facilities to cater for the rich and famous and even royalty.  It has a port, canal system giving access to apartments so that you can harbour your boat outside your apartment, beach clubs, top class hotels, golf clubs (including Europes no. 1 golf course Valderrama) and tennis clubs and polo clubs.

Sotogrande is located in the municipality of San Roque in Cadiz province and is Manilva’s neighbour.  From the borders of Manilva municipality there are wonderful views over Sotogrande to Gibraltar.

From Manilva border to Sotogrande and Gibraltar

If you are staying in the Manilva area, Sotogrande is well worth a visit to have lunch in the marina and to take a look at the beautiful large villas on the palm tree lined streets.  In August it is polo season and the matches are an exciting spectacle to watch.  Entry is normally free except for the grand final.  I will post dates in the next blog.

For more information on Sotogrande visit http://www.sotogrande.es/ and if you are interested in buying a property there contact info@barringtonhomes.eu and one of our agents will help you find the perfect property.

August 10, 2013

Family Fun at Manilva Fair, Costa del Sol, Spain

Manilva Feria is in full swing and there are still two nights left if you want a fun night out whilst staying in the La Duquesa area.

Manilva Fair, Costa del Sol, Spain

The atmosphere is electric with children and adults of all ages having a great night out.

Manilva Feria 2013 childrens rides

If you are crazy enough and enjoy losing your stomach and being bounced around, the Super Saltamonte is one of the most popular rides at Manilva Fair.

Manilva Fair,Super Saltamonte,  La Duquesa, Costa del Sol

If you have a head for heights and love speed then this high rocking boat gets the adrenaline going.

Manilva Feria High rocking boat, Costa del Sol, Spain

When I was younger the health and safety laws where I lived didn’t allow you to bump into each other in the bumper cars and you had to “dodgem”.  Not the case here in Manilva and they seem to go faster than ever before.  Be careful you dont get whiplash and keep your hands and legs inside the car!  Fantastic fun though.

Manilva Fair bumber cars, Costa del Sol, Spain

Why spend thousands going to Florida in America when Disney World is right here in Manilva!

Disney world Manilva, Costa del Sol, Spain

This crazy man in a dress and his train is at Manilva Feria every year.  Does anyone know if he has ever misjudged the tunnel and been knocked off?

Manilva Fair 2013 La Duquesa, Costa del sol, Spain

This dancing bull ride is great fun and popular with the kids.  Can you stay on?

Manilva Feria dancing bull ride, Costa del Sol, Spain

The kids also love dancing in this ride and trying to stay upright.

Manilva Fair,near La Duquesa, Costa del Sol, Spain

There are still two nights left of the fair including the following events:

Saturday 10th August 2013

7.30 pm Grand parade through the streets of El Castillo de La Duquesa and Sabinillas accompanied by the “Chi Chi Pom” marching band. It leaves the Castle in El Castillo de La Duquesa at 7.30 pm and La Noria in Sabinillas around 8 pm (timings approximate).

10 pm Clown performance in the children’s zone of the main pavillion.

11 pm Performance by comedian Tony Rodríguez.

Midnight Music and dance in the main pavillion to the sounds of “Costa Pop”.  This is followed by resident DJ and hits from the 80s, 90s and modern day.

Sunday 11th August 2013

10 pm Magic show in the children’s zone of the main pavillion.

11 pm Performance by comedian Jesús Tapia.

Concert by Hombres G tribute band followed by the latest sounds from the resident DJ.

If you are planning a holiday and would like to visit Manilva next summer, Barrington Holidays www.barringtonholidays.com have a large selection of properties available for holiday rental.  Please contact info@barringtonholidays.com for more information.

If you are considering buying a property in Spain to use as a holiday home or to live in, www.barringtonhomes.eu have a large selection of apartments, townhouses and villas for sale in the Manilva, La Duquesa, Sabinillas, Casares and Estepona areas.  Please contact info@barringtonhomes.eu for more information.

If you have a property in the Manilva, La Duquesa, Sabinillas, Casares and Estepona areas and are thinking of selling or renting it out for holidays, please contact info@barringtonhomes.eu to discuss your options.





August 7, 2013

Manilva Fair 2013 €1 rides for children tonight

Filed under: Lifestyle,Local Events & Culture,Things to do — Lucy @ 5:04 pm

Manilva Feria officially opens tomorrow night (Thursday 8th August 2013) but today, for the first time, Manilva is going to celebrate “Childrens Day” day at the fair.

Manilva Fair Childrens Rides

Further to the requests from local families, Manilva Town Hall Fiestas department has arranged with the Fairground organisers to have a special night tonight dedicated to children to make it affordable so that many families in the area can take their children their to enjoy the attractions.

Therefore tonight, Wednesday 7th August 2013, the rides will be open to children for just €1 a ride.

Manilva Town Hall has also arranged that the the cost of the majority of rides from Thursday to Sunday will be €2 with the exception of rides holding less than 10 people in which case the price will be €2.50.

Manilva Fair is located at the site of the Sabinillas Sunday Market along the road to the Roman Oasis.

Its a great evening out for all the family and there are normally a few rides there that you will never forget!

Which is your favourite ride at the fair?

Please leave a comment below or email me at lucy@barringtonhomes.eu



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