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San Luis de Sabinillas

Church in Sabinillas
Church in Sabinillas

Tracing it’s recent history back to the late 18th century and once Manilva’s poor cousin, the collection of fishermen’s huts and sugar factory worker’s cottages that was San Luis de Sabinillas (normally abbreviated to just Sabinillas), is now the commercial heart of Manilva.

With its large concentration of banks, shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants and offices, San Luis de Sabinillas is a lively little town which also boasts a number of recreational areas including two parks – Parque El Duque and Parque Villa Matilde – a central square – Plaza Vicente Espinel – and the ever popular promenade (Paseo Maritimo) which runs alongside the town’s blue flag beach.

Despite this recent expansion, San Luis de Sabinillas still has a working fishing community who you can watch launching their boats from the beach (the bigger boats operate out of Puerto de la Duquesa) and then returning with that day’s (or night’s) catch of fish and shellfish, you will often see some of the restaurateurs on the beach choosing that day’s menu!

For visitors there are a number of small hotels in Sabinillas, along with a good supply of rental accommodation, whilst for those who’d like something a little more permanent there are some great opportunities to purchase property in the area.