Is situated on the western extreme of the Costa del Sol, inserted between the Manilva River and “El Arroyo de Calatraje”. Its environment is made up of even, low ridges, separated by small streams. On one of these low ridges, the one of “Los Mártires”, the town is situated. Its population of more than 5.000 inhabitants is distributed over five urban centres: Manilva, Sabinillas, El Castillo, Hondacavada and El Puerto de la Duquesa, as well as in numerous housing estates.


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Important archaeological findings have been found in its municipal district, amongst which the ones of “El Cerro del Castillo”, from the end of the Bronze Age, stand out. Around the Sixteenth Century, and due to the insecurity of its beaches and its roads, Marbella, Ronda and Gibraltar ask King Carlos V, for more protective measures and hence the “Torre del Salto de la Mora” is built, which years later, will give rise to the population centre of “El Cortijo”, the origin of the present of Manilva.


Interesting to visit are the Parish Church of Santa Ana, dating from the Seventeenth Century and the castle of Sabinillas, built during the reign of Carlos III in order to safeguard the coastline.
Amongst its varied festivities worthy of note are the Romeria of “La Virgen de Fátima”, celebrated on the 27th of June; The festivity of “La Virgen del Carmen”, in July; the festivities in honour of San Luis the Sabinillas, the town´s Patron Saint; and, on the first weekend in September, the traditional “Feria de la Vendimia” is celebrated.


The gastronomy of Manilva finds its roots in the typical Andalucian cuisine. The typical dishes are made from some of the excellent local, products like grapes, raisins, goat cheese, honey… and those contributed by the local fishing industry like fish and fresh seafood. To drink, nothing better than the moscatel wines produced in the local wine- cellars.

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Local Holidays: 16th July celebrating the Virgen del Carmen and 26th July celebrating Santa Ana, the patron saint.
Distance From Malaga Airport 90km
Town Hall Manilva 952-890-065
Local Police Station 952-890-945


Manilva and its surrounding area is currently one of the fastest growing on the Costa del Sol and construction in the area is intense- more than 5.000 new homes were built in 2003 and most land in the vicinity is now either under construction or about to be so. Property on offer is mainly apartment accommodation and there’s a good choice of both new and resale properties many of which are either front-line golf or beach.