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January 23, 2018

Living by the sea is better for your health!

Filed under: 101 reasons to love Manilva,Lifestyle — Tags: , , — Barrington Homes @ 4:57 pm

Living by the sea is better for your health!

We already know that living in the countryside is fantastic for your mental health, with green spaces often seen as de-stressing environments that have a positive impact on your wellbeing, but it turns out that living by the sea might be even better still.

Here are four reasons why you may want to move to the coast right now:

Sea air helps you sleep better – “Sea air is good for sleep because it is generally cleaner and fresher air, with higher levels of oxygen, which can improve sleep,” Dr Natasha Bijlani, a consultant psychiatrist at the Priory’s Roehampton Hospital, London.  “The sound of waves can be very soothing to the brain. If you relax, this can help clear the mind, lower stress levels and strengthen your immune system.

The sea helps you relax and distress – The seaside is also often linked to happy holidays for most people, and is associated with feeling relaxed, calm and rested.   As you take in the vastness of the ocean before you, it can also help put things into perspective. Small worries may seem unimportant as you look in awe at the coming waves.

You’re more likely to exercise – Living by the sea is like having your own massive swimming pool, which offers you the chance to exercise for free. You don’t need to join a gym to use pool facilities, but can just head on down to the beach for no cost at all.   Swimming in the sea not only offers a mental break but is great for your physical health too, helping manage weight, decreasing risk of heart disease, and lowering blood pressure.   Swimming is not the only form of exercise that is available by the coast though. You can take part in sailing, surfing, coastal walking, and wildlife watching, and more. The environment can be a great motivator.

Living by the sea is more calming than green spaces – Clearly, living by the sea is more calming than staying in towns and cities. But according to a 2016 study, it’s actually even more calming than green spaces. This is because the sea is all natural and provides a sense of space, openness and fresh air.   Historically, people who have been unwell are often told to have a break or a holiday near the sea to improve their health. These uncrowded places can reduce stress levels.

So if you don’t live by the coast, you could always book that much-deserved seaside holiday to feel the benefits of coastal living.

Sabinillas Beach

Sabinillas Beach


March 2, 2016

Feeling a little bit jealous of everyone in Sierra Nevada right now

Filed under: Lifestyle,Sport,Things to do — Barrington Homes @ 11:35 am

I have been looking at the webcams for Sierra Nevada in Granada this morning as my buddies have headed up there for a few days.  Here is the link:  http://sierranevada.es/es/webcams/

Slightly envious, but as I am not able to ski due to my knee surgery I can only look on from the sidelines, instead I can sit and watch, admiring the scenery, watching the children learning – who always seem to have no fear and adapt so quickly.  From what I can see, it looks like lots of powder and approx 70 Kms of skiing area.  Nice!

If you have never ventured further than the beaches and ports of Malaga, you are missing out.  Depending on your driving technique, just 2 -3 hours north is Sierra Nevada in the Provence of Granada.  This mountain range is truly beautiful with the snow at this time of year and the ski station is a brilliant place to learn and experience après ski.

My recommendation is get up that little bit early, say 6.00 and drive to get there for 8.30 – 9  (you will miss the traffic up the mountain road this way).  Hire your gear if you have none and there are plenty of shops who will help you if you are new to this, but remember your ID.  Get straight up to the first station – sometimes there are queues, so best to get through and up and have breakfast there.  Once you have had a little brekkie, head up on to the different areas, depending on your level and enjoy this relaxed chilled out environment.  By about 14.30 you will be ready to come home and ski all the way to the bottom if you have the energy, hand back you gear and head back to Malaga and have dinner by the coast.  Perfect day eh!  Love to hear from anyone who is going there this year and your experiences as I am very very jealous!  Oh and if anyone is brave enough for the night skiing, really interested in hearing of your experiences.



January 15, 2015

Fiberoptic Broadband is coming to Manilva !

Filed under: Lifestyle,News — Barrington Homes @ 3:37 pm

The new Mayor of Manilva, Urieta Diego met with Telefonicas regional director Maria Jesus Almazor, to present the expansion plans that the company has in place for Manilva. Telefonica, Spains telephone infrastructure provider, has confirmed that it has began the deployment of ‘Fiber to the Home’ (FTTH) allowing home owners and local businesses to benefit from a fiber optic internet service with up to 100MB downloads and 10MB upload internet connections which is currently in excess of 10 times faster than the current ADSL option. The plans also mean that 4G mobile connectivity should be available in 2015 at no extra cost to Telefonica customers. The Mayor of Manilva commented that  “New technologies and operation is essential for the progress and development of SMEs and the Townhall, while also providing a service to the public on their personal devices. With this agreement Manilva will be at the leading edge of available technology”

fiber optic in Manilva

The benefit to individuals living or visiting the area on holiday will be tremendous. Since Sky has ceased to provide terrestrial UK channels the majority of TV is viewed via the internet. This will allow faster downloads of films and programmes as well as a superior quality of live TV channels. Businesses will hope to gain the most benefit allowing them to operate quickly and efficiently resulting in a much more productive and enhanced service for consumers.


November 7, 2014

Sabinillas Skate Park ready to open !

Filed under: Lifestyle,Sport — Barrington Homes @ 3:16 pm

The youth of Sabinillas are excited as the new Skate park is in the final stages of completion and will open at 5pm on the 13th November 2014. This is a very welcome development for Sabinillas as the sport is ever increasing in popularity and a professional facility would allow participants skills to develop further as well as providing a dedicated area to practice.


Currently some enthusiasts are practicing the various disciplines in local squares or areas that may disturb local residents and both the community as well as skate enthusiasts alike will benefit from this new facility. The skate park is located near Urb. Residencial de la Duquesa and close to Mercadona supermarket. The are numerous parks, green zones and cycle paths in this area making it a very beautiful area, easily accessible and a great area for families.


The Skate Park occupies an area of 880m2 and will include the latest professional facilities including;
1.- 1 Half pipe and mini ramp of  90x490x120 cm.
2.- 1 Quarter pipe of 300x250x120 cm.
3.- 1 Spin of 350x250x120 cm.
4.- 1 Ramp of 360x250x120 cm.
5.- 1 Grindbox or planter of 240x120x20/35/50 cm.
6.- 1 Ground Rail of 400x5x30 cm.
7.- 1 Jump Box of 360x60x50 cm.

Marcos Ruiz, Youth Director at the Manilva Town hall said ‘There are various benefits to the new Skate Park; The Youth have a dedicated and professional area to develop their skills and they will not be disturbed or disturb any local residents. The park can also be very easily accessed using the cycle track which further promotes exercise the health for local residents’.

September 26, 2014

New Skate park in Sabinillas

Filed under: Lifestyle — Barrington Homes @ 8:59 pm

Another new fantastic sports facility in Sabinillas will be completed in approximately 1 month. The skate park is under construction near Urb. Residencial Duquesa beside the new bike path and public green zones. This superb attraction is aimed at Sabinillas youths to discourage them from using public areas and allowing proper facilities for them to develop their skills in this popular sport.

Manilva TV has coverage of the Skate park location and Antonia Muñoz, the Mayoress of Manilva celebrating the opening on Manilvas Skate park earlier in the year.


June 2, 2014

Spain has the most Blue Flag beaches in the World !

Filed under: Lifestyle,Nature — Tags: , , , — Barrington Homes @ 11:06 pm

A record 681 beaches in Spain have been awarded the Blue Flag beach status. The internationally recognised accolade for beach cleanliness and safety. This is more Blue Flag beaches than any other country in the world.


Rival countries have a staggering 200 less Blue Flag beaches than Spain. The next challenger being Greece at a mere 407. Andalucia alone has 81 Blue Flag beaches and here in Manilva we are lucky enough to boast over 7km of Blue Flag beaches and the only Municipality in Andalucia that has the Blue Flag trail.

Sabinillas Beach

Sabinillas Beach

Manilvas beaches and Puerto de la Duquesa Marina are some of the best tourist attractions in Manilva. We are very proud of having such a stunning coastline to enjoy. Whether its Chiringuito beach bars, a beach party, a fun family day out or a quiet private beach cove, Manilva has something for all beach lovers. If you are looking for a beachfront property take a look at some of the best property for sale in Manilva


January 26, 2014

Blue Skies and Sunshine throughout January !

Filed under: Lifestyle,Weather in Spain — Barrington Homes @ 9:51 pm

WOW !! What a start to 2014. While in other parts of the world at this time of year people are going to work and returning in the dark, getting soaked in the rain or struggling to keep warm, here in Duquesa we are lucky enough to be enjoying phenomenal weather conditions and light warm evenings ! The huge benefits of this is being able to enjoy the last of the sunshine after work and enjoying fun packed weekends on the beach, parks, towns, White villages and Golf courses throughout the Costa del Sol.

The superb weather conditions and the lifestyle this enables you to have is a huge influence on Barrington Homes clients choice to either live or have a holiday home in Duquesa. This January Barrington Homes have enjoyed a record number of inquiries for people wanting to have a second home here in Duquesa. Clients wish to generate a rental income during the lucrative summer months and to reside in the property during the warmer winter months. With over 10 years experience in property rentals and sales Barrington Homes excel in sourcing the perfect buy to let property for our clients. If this would be of interest to you then contact Barrington Homes on info@barringtonhomes.eu

Here are just a few of the pictures we have taken in January 2014 of the beautiful scenery and areas throughout Manilva and the Costa del Sol. Enjoy !

Sotogrande Marina

Sotogrande Marina

Sunrise in Manilva

Sunrise in Manilva

Estepona Beach

Estepona Beach

Sabinillas Beach

Sabinillas Beach

December 10, 2013

Hipica Park Childrens Play Park

Filed under: Lifestyle,Things to do — Barrington Homes @ 3:05 pm

Manilva and the Costa del Sol in my opinion is a superb place to raise a family and also for family holidays. At this time of year indoor play centres are a fantastic place to stay warm and have a great time. There are numerous indoor play centres within a 30 minute drive from Duquesa including La Galaxia, Kidz Kingdom and Pequeland are amongst the most popular. Our familys favourite is Hipica Park based in Sotogrande.

Hipica Park Indoor Play Area

Hipica Park Indoor Play Area

Facilities at Hipica Park include a large indoor soft play area, Cafeteria, bouncy castles, karting and large outdoor play park. The adjoining Sotogrande Hipica horse stables and La Reserva Golf and cork forest make the setting very tranquil and picturesque.

Hipica Park Outdoor Play Area

Hipica Park Outdoor Play Area

Entry per child is only 5€ for 1/2 day and 10€ for a full day. Hipica Park also offer excellent party facilities as well as hosting many parties throughout the year for only 5€. This year they are celebrating their 3rd Christmas Party. Entry is only 5€ and there will even be a visit from Papa Noel !! Barrington Homes have a great selection of villas, Townhouses and Apartments in Sotogrande. Click this link to view Barrington Homes luxury Sotogrande properties

Hipica Park 2013 Xmas Party

Hipica Park 2013 Xmas Party

October 22, 2013

Running along the Duquesa & Sabinillas Promenade

Filed under: Lifestyle,Sport — Tags: , , — Barrington Homes @ 12:14 pm

Temperatures in October are still at about 25’C. This coupled with bright blue skies and little wind make it the perfect climate to enjoy outdoor pursuits in Duquesa. Today was the day i decided to dust of my running shoes and hit the promenade. Manilva is such a fantastic location to run as the beach and miles of promenade make it the ideal place to either enjoy a long run or to start out on the road to getting fit. With views like these it just makes running even more pleasurable.

Puerto de la Duquesa

Entrance to Duquesa Port

Castillo, Duquesa

Castillo, Duquesa

Castillo, Duquesa

Castillo, Duquesa

Promenade by El Castillo

Promenade by El Castillo

Duquesa Beach at this time of year is the ultimate place to relax. The beaches are almost deserted, they are immaculately maintained and the sea can be lovely and calm.

My halfway point in my run at the moment is the beautiful El Castillo Castle in El Castillo Village.  This stunning castle in just above the beach and is a popular venue for weddings, art exhibitions and local music and charity events.

This stretch of the promenade is also great to appreciate some of the most luxurious developments in Duquesa including Los Granados and Marina del Castillo. The new campsite of Bella Vista Camping is one of the most prestigious camping sites in the Costa del Sol. This also enjoys a frontline beach location on Duquesa promenade.

Does anyone have any fitness or exercise events they want to promote ? Whats the best running route in Manilva ? I would love to know your thoughts. Leave a comment below.

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!

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