There has been several rumours over the past few months that the local bus service from Manilva to Sabinillas is no longer operating. Well, I checked with the Foreigners Department offices in Duquesa , and they confirmed that the service is indeed still running but the timetable has changed.
The “little” bus has been replaced by a coach but the service and route are the same as before. The first bus leaves Manilva medical centre at 07.30, stops at several different stops along the route including Sabinillas, Duquesa, and Princesa Kristina before turning round at Playa Paraiso and coming back up to Manilva, stopping at the similar stops on the other side of the road. The service runs throughout the day, there is an 8.30 and 9.30 bus, the next one is 11.05 with it continuing at 5 minutes past each hour until the last bus at 19.05. There is no service on Saturdays, Sundays or Fiestas however.
I have caught the bus from Manilva to Sabinillas the past two mornings and cannot fault the service. It arrived on time, and the driver was pleasant and friendly. The fare is €1 or 60c for pensioners and children.
See below for a copy of the timetable and route or you can pick up your own copy from the Tourist Office in Duquesa Port. They are open from 8.30 until 20.00.