Manilva is the first village of the province of Malaga on the coast, on the limits with
the province of Cadiz. The main nucleus settlement lies little more than 2
kms. inland. Embraced by a magnificent vineyard of muscatel grapes, it looks out over the
Mediterranean forming a straight line of about 78 kms. of coast which on reaching
the extreme south-west forms an area of cliffs and bends in the Punta Chullera. At 97 km.
from Malaga and 13 km. from Estepona, the area is on route between Malaga and Cadiz and,
together with Casares, is the municipality which has least been affected by the
development of tourism on the western Costa del So. Most of the district is within the
area of influence from the coast. This and its proximity to Gibraltar are
important aspects with regards to its future urbanistic development. In the district,
apart from some isolated urbanisations and a magnificent Marina, there are two
more population nuclei primarily dedicated to tourism: "San Luis de Sabinillas"
and "El Castillo",where a tourist centre and place of gastronomic interest
specialising in fish is being developed, with numerous well patronised restaurants. The
first traces of human activity in the area are the Neolithic remains in the "Sierra
de la Utrera" near Manilva. More than 20 sites of archaeological interest have been
found in the district. The remains of "Cerro del Castillo" corresponding to the
end of the Bronze Age are of particular interest, although the presence of Roman
remains is especially evident, giving us a wealth of archaeological heritage.
Manilvas village centre was founded at the request of Gibraltar, Malaga and Ronda in
1528 when, in order to improve security in the area, Charles V ordered the Duke of Arcos
to build a settlement for 50 or 60 inhabitants.The village was an annexe of Casares until
the 26th of October 1796 when it was conferred the status of a municipal district by Royal
Charter and became independent from the town of Casares.With its vineyards, irrigated
homesteads, coast, gentle slopes and hills, Manilva is an inviting place where the visitor
is invariably drawn to stay for more than a day: whether for sun, sea and sand, more
demanding sports or rural tourism.