Manilva's geographical location led to the passage of various cultures and civilisations through the municipality.
Man has been present since Neolithic times, according to the remains found in the caves of the Utrera mountain range and in the Cerro del Castillo archaeological site (Bronze Age remains).
The Romans later occupied Manilva and left their most tangible traces in the Roman villa of Sabinillas, in the Hacho hill and in the Haza del Casareño.
From the 16th century onwards, the history of Manilva, which belonged to the County of Casares, ran parallel to that of the county.
The town achieved its independence in 1796
Manilva has eight kilometres of coastline with a large number of extensive fine sandy beaches, which make it a great tourist attraction for its visitors. The most important beaches are Sabinillas, Los Toros and Duquesa-El Castillo.
The numerous trails found in Manilva make it an attractive place as you can enjoy several routes, among them, the stage of Senda Litoral that leads from this municipality to Punta Chullera.
For golf lovers, Manilva has a wonderful 18-hole course, La Duquesa Golf. It has spectacular tee-offs from which you can see from the African continent to the neighbouring Marbella at a glance.
PLACES WE RECOMMEND VISITING
– Puerto de la Duquesa de Manilva is one of the tourist attractions of the municipality. It is located between Marbella and Sotogrande. Thanks to the quality of its services, it flies the Blue Flag every year.
Lovers of water sports can enjoy all the services for their enjoyment.
In the Port we have a wide variety of restaurants where you can enjoy both local and international cuisine.
Manilva is the ideal place for those tourists who want to relax, tranquillity, nature, in our western Costa del Sol, surrounded by the sea. It is the last municipality of Malaga that borders the province of Cadiz, and its location makes it an attractive place for all visitors from the African continent.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT
– Built on the site of an ancient Roman villa in 1767 to defend the coast from the continuous pirate raids, we have. The Castle of the Duchess. This fortress, next to the Neolithic settlement of Castillejos de Alcorrín, is listed as an Asset of Cultural Interest.
– The Fortín of Sabinillas contains the Manilva Archaeological Museum, whose collection consists of ceramics, grave goods, as well as ornaments, utensils and coins from between the 1st and 5th centuries.
– The Tower of Chullera, which is located next to the sea on the cape of the same name.
– The church of Santa Ana, built in the 18th century on the site of an earlier temple from the 16th century.
– Ingenio Chico, a sugar mill like many of those on the coast of Malaga, where sugar cane was processed and sugar, molasses and alcohol were obtained to make rum.
– Ignacio Infante, brother of Blas Infante, father of the Andalusian fatherland, restored Villa Matilde, to transform it into an exhibition of many Roman remains.