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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


May 28, 2014

Duquesa Beach improved ready for a busy summer season

Filed under: Nature,News — Barrington Homes @ 9:11 pm

Work has commenced to improve the Las Gaviotas Beach, the popular beach just West of Puerto de la Duquesa marina infront of Urb. Marina del Castillo and up to El Castillo village. 4500m3 of imported sand is being distributed to help regenerate this beautiful stretch of the Manilva coastline.


The project is being undertaken between the 28th May and the 3rd June and will leave the beach in a perfect condition for residents and tourists to enjoy. The project is being undertaken at no cost to the Manilva townhall as it is a directive of the ‘El Consistorio y Marinas del Mediterráneo’ to improve the already fantastic Blue Flag beach.

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May 26, 2014

Manilvas beaches are among the best in Malaga !

Filed under: Nature — Barrington Homes @ 10:33 pm

Manilva’s coastline has been awarded the distinction of being a designated ‘Blue Trail’, the first of its kind in the Province of Malaga by the Environment Ministry and the Biodiversity Foundation.

Sabinillas Beach

Sabinillas Beach

The ‘Blue Trail’ is the name given to the route that links the numerous prestigious Blue Flag beaches in the Manilva municipality. The award is given to recognise the quality, improvement and restoration of the naturally beautiful coastal area.


The Blue Trail allows tourists and residents to enjoy the 7.8km of Manilvas beach coastline with maximum enjoyment and minimal impact to the environment. Manilvas beaches are an excellent area for social and recreational activities throughout the year.

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April 26, 2013

Lunar Eclipse 25th April 2013 seen from Manilva

Filed under: Lifestyle,Nature — Lucy @ 10:47 am

Something strange happened to me last night.  Whether it was a cosmic coincidence or something else I am grateful as whatever it was made me suddenly remember that I needed to take a picture of the moon and the stars for my blog – 100 reasons why I love living in Manilva, reason 3 The Sky at Night.

Sometimes I have a wonderful view of the Moon and Saturn from my front terrace but last night it wasn’t there so I went upstairs to my back terrace and was greeted by the sight of what looked like almost a full moon with the top left-hand corner sliced off. 

Disappointed that it wasn’t a full moon I decided to NOT take a photo and went back inside!

A minute later my phone beeped with a text message so I went downstairs to see who it was from.  It was from my wonderful friend Katie telling me “Lunar eclipse tonight 22.08” .  I looked at my watch and it was about 22.10 so I rushed back upstairs, grabbed my camera and this is what I managed to take.

lunar eclipse in Manilva, Spain on April 25th 2013

The Lunar Eclipse from Manilva, Spain on 25th April 2013

The lunar eclipse in Manilva, Spain on 25th April 2013

The Eclipse of the Moon in Manilva on April 25th 2013

Just a minute later it was gone!  So thank you Katie for your text 🙂

Full moon after the lunar eclipse

The full moon in Manilva, Spain after the lunar eclipse on 25th April 2013

For more information on the Lunar eclipse visit – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_2013_lunar_eclipse

For more information on Manilva,  send me an email to lucy@barringtonhomes.eu and I will send you a free copy of my guide to one of the best places in the world to live.

Also if anyone has any tips on how to take a better photo of the stars and moon in the sky at night I would appreciate it as you cant see all the stars in the photos  that I could see with my naked eye!



March 20, 2013

The Sun is Shining in Manilva on the First Day of Spring

Filed under: Lifestyle,Nature,Weather in Spain — Lucy @ 6:15 pm

It is the first day of spring today and the sun is shining again after a period of rain.  The countryside is looking lush and the birds are singing and although its a little windy the temperature is a comfortable 64 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 degrees Centigrade.

The view from Manilva to Casares in Spring

Manilva and Casares in Spring

Spring is my favourite time of year as the days get longer, the temperature gets warmer and the prettiest wild flowers appear all over the countryside.

It is a great time of year to do outdoor activities such as horse-riding, cycling, playing tennis or golf and the best time of year to go for walks or “senderismos” in the countryside as you never know what nature or wildlife you may come across here in Manilva.

There are a number of impressive “senderismos” or hiking trails in the Manilva and Casares area of varying degrees of difficulty and I will write about them in more detail in upcoming blogs.

Have you done any of the hiking routes in Manilva and if so what did you think of them?

Please leave a comment or send me your photos of trails to lucy@barringtonhomes.eu



November 7, 2012

Its still raining in Manilva but the birds are happy!

Filed under: Nature,Weather in Spain — Lucy @ 6:10 pm

Its still raining in Manilva but the birds are happy!

Just thought I would share with you this amazing sight I saw out of my window this afternoon.

The rain may be depressing some people but the birds are certainly grateful.  Does anyone know what type of birds these are and where they are going or have come from?