IBI property tax in Manilva set to be reduced from 0.9 to 0.7 percent

Manilva Town Hall

Manilva’s local authorities will be proposing at the next council session that the IBI property tax be reduced from 0.9% to 0.7% of the catastral value.

This move is in addition to recent reductions already approved for those paying by direct debit and who are up-to-date with their payments, and together could total a reduction of up to 30% in IBI charges.

According to Manilva’s Mayor, Antonia Muñoz, this move aims to relieve some of the financial pressure on local residents and businesses despite the Town Hall’s need for these funds.

Trip to Seville’s Isla Magica theme park

Isla Magica in Seville

Manilva’s Tourism Department has organised a trip to the Isla Magica theme park in Seville on Sunday, September 15.

Departing from Manilva at 9 am; Sabinillas 9.05 am; and Castillo at 9.10 am the trip costs 23 euros for adults and 15 euros for kids including return coach travel and entry to the park.

For more information and to book your place call 952 897 434.

Medieval Market in Sabinillas

Medieval Market in Sabinillas

The Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas is the latest venue for the Medieval Market which will be opening on Thursday August 22 from 7 pm to 1 am nightly through to Sunday September 1.

Along with the wide range of stalls selling artesan foods, handicrafts, etc., there will also be various activities, music and entertainment providing something for everyone.

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II Duquesa Raft Race

Duquesa Raft Race

Never mind Cowes Week or the America’s Cup, the only nautical contest that really matters is the annual Duquesa Raft Race which takes place this Saturday morning, August 24, in Manilva’s Puerto de la Duquesa, organised by Leisure Lounge in collaboration with the Manilva Foreign Residents Department.

Now in its second year some eleven vessels, lovingly crafted by their crews, will take to the water for the 100 metre dash from the boatyard to the quayside.

The race starts at around 11.30 am but get there a little earlier to ‘soak up’ the atmosphere, and race build-up.

From 9 pm there will be the prizegiving ceremony followed by an Adele tribute concert outside the Leisure Lounge.

For pictures from last year’s event see: I Duquesa Raft Race

Manilva welcomes intrepid cyclists

Polish cyclists

Manilva welcomed two intrepid cyclists who have just completed a 4,200 km bike ride from their hometown of Plock in Poland to Tarifa at the southernmost tip of Spain.

Bartek Bielecki and Piotr Dyka, aged just 17 and 18, undertook this challenge off their own back, setting off on June 12 and cycling across Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France, and Spain, finishing up 46 days later in Tarifa.

The expedition was a prime example of the fact that you don’t need a shed load of money to undertake such a trip, with the two lads using standard off-the-shelf road bikes and allowing themselves a budget of just 15 euros a day.

The intrepid pair were enjoying a day or two to relax in Manilva with members of Manilva’s Polish community before returning home to Poland (by air!) and were met by the Mayoress of Manilva, Antonia Muñoz, and Councillor Mario Jiménez, at the Polish owned Floristeria Violeta where they were presented with a memento of their visit to Manilva and extended the best wishes of the people of Manilva for their future adventures.

Photos here

Trip to Guaro and the Luna Mora Festival

Luna Mora Festival in Guaro

Manilva’s Foreigners Department has organised a trip to the Malaga town of Guaro for the annual ‘Luna Mora’ (Moorish moon) celebrations on Saturday September 7.


The Festival de la Luna Mora began in 1997 as a spiritual tribute to Andalucia´s Muslim, Christian and Jewish past. Each year there are different artists performing music and dance with Arabic, Andalucian, Sephardic, European and Mediterranean influences. Tourists and locals alike join in the festivities of outdoor entertainment, drinking, eating and shopping all under the stars of a warm summer night.

One of the biggest attractions of the festival is that the whole village of Guaro is illuminated with 20,000 candles, which makes for a very surreal and beautiful ambiance bringing the village to life at night.

The coach leaves Manilva at 6 pm leaving to return around 1 pm. Tickets are just 7 euros per person and are available from the Foreign Residents Office in the Castle or by calling 952 893 548 or 689 948 672.

Charity Auction at the Castle, El Castillo de la Duquesa

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Charity Auction

Anyone looking for an alternative to the normal entertainment on offer this summer, should look no further than Castillo de la Duquesa where on Saturday 24th August from 7pm the castle will play host to an auction of celebrity memorabilia as part of an event organized in collaboration with the Manilva Foreign Residents Department, to raise much needed funds for two local charities.


Animal in Need will use their share of the funds to boost their neutering program which helps prevent some of the many unwanted litters that often end up as strays on the street. They will also put money towards much needed durable dog houses, so the animals have shelter for the winter.

Meanwhile The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George who will use their share of funds to boost their project of supplying food parcels to local families currently struggling to make ends meet during the present “crisis”.

The auction itself will be hosted by well known local radio presenter Sid Olivera and will feature items donated by such celebrities such as Anita Dobson, Mark Knopfler, Shane Warne and Simon Cowell and even Boris Johnson!

But it is more than just an auction and there will also be live entertainment, food and drink on offer. The evening’s entertainment will be headlined by singer Antony Wolfson and The Art Club Band and it is hoped that other local acts will come along and give impromptu performances.

Entry to the event is just €20 per person and apart from the entertainment ticket holders will also receive a raciòn of paella plus a welcome drink and canapés.

Tickets are just €20 each and can be bought at The Bookshop or Fathoms Bar in Sabinillas.

Further details of the event and the auction items can be found at www.aincharityauction.webs.com.

Restaurant Marymar awarded Restaurant of the Month

Marymar Restaurant of the Month

Manilva’s Councillor for Commerce, Diego Diaz, has awarded the prize for ‘Restaurant of the Month’ to Restaurante Marymar, located on the Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas.

With over 30 years of experience serving healthy Mediterranean dishes produced from best quality local fish and produce.

The award was the result of a telephone ballot conducted over the past month, with next month’s candidate to be selected in Castillo.

The award aims to recognize the efforts of local entrepreneurs in this sector of the economy.