Andalusian Charm with Sun, Beaches and Sea
- Sitting on the western part of the Costa del Sol, Estepona’s size and ambience make it a popular resort town with an authentic Spanish feel
- The old town centre is Andalusian charm at its best, with shops, cafés and restaurants dotted along pretty streets and shaded squares
- You’re never far from great beaches in Estepona, many with fish restaurants and chiringuito beach bars
- Estepona’s marina is lively, friendly and down to earth. A great place to saunter around, enjoy a meal or the nightlife, and get nautical
- The area has its very own golf valley, complete with luxurious resort and spa hotels, little country restaurants and equestrian centres
A Little Marbella, Estepona is Full of Charm
Estepona is smaller, relaxed and more down to earth than Marbella, yet it enjoys the same sunny climate, beautiful Mediterranean seaside and resort pleasures. These include a great choice of beaches, watersports, golf courses and marinas, but also a very charming little Spanish town with all the life, hustle, bustle and ambience that you would associate with Andalucía.
Still largely a white-plastered seaside town with a pretty historic centre, like Marbella it enjoys a microclimate that makes this one of the warmest and sunniest spots in Europe. Even when strolling through the pretty streets, squares and parks of the old town centre you are never more than a few hundred metres from the endless kilometres of long beaches that line the length of Estepona and look over Mediterranean waters to Gibraltar and North Africa.
Visitors who like their creature comforts are attracted to the luxurious resort and hotels situated just west of the town’s lively marina. Many have their own spa wellness centres and beach clubs that are also open to guests staying in their own villas, while nearby there is a great choice of beachside cafés and seafood restaurants, nightlife spots and, of course, beautiful beaches.
The area also has its share of first class golf courses, equestrian centres and charming trips into the surrounding countryside â€“ usually rewarded with a meal at a classic Spanish venta, or country restaurant.
The pleasures of Marbella and Puerto Baníºs are only fifteen minutes away, the pretty mountain villages like Casares and Gaucin are waiting to be discovered little more than half an hour away. Gibraltar and Sotogrande also within easy striking distance, while the Estepona area is also home to such distinguished resorts as Finca Cortesin. This exclusive country club resort has the feel of a Spanish country estate, complete with beautifully appointed lounges, fine dining restaurants and a championship golf course, proving that this part of the Costa del Sol can also hold its own with five-star luxury.
The perfect climate and setting for sports and leisure
Estepona has it all, offering sea, mountain and countryside activities all within a short distance
The long beaches of Estepona are a popular spot for relaxing, lazing, sunbathing and taking in views across the Mediterranean to the outlines of Gibraltar and Morocco. In true Spanish style it is also a sociable area, so expect to find chiringuito beach bars, fish and seafood restaurants, volleyball nets and regular events such as beach football competitions.
If the beach is fronted by a stylish, modern beach club, then chances are it backs on to a luxurious hotel with its own set of swimming pools, tennis courts and padel tennis facilities. The latter is a local mix of squash and tennis that is easy to pick up and lots of fun to play, though being this close to the sea and the nearby marina you may want to learn to snorkel, windsurf, jetski or even sail your way out into the shimmering blue Med.
If you prefer dry land there are many options within easy reach too, starting with a half dozen of the Costa del Sol’s finest golf courses within a short drive, but also including football, martial arts, horse riding and outdoor sports that take you into the mountains rising up just inland from here. There you can go for easygoing walks enjoying mountain scenery, wild flowers and spotting birds of prey, or you be more active and cycle, hike, mountain bike, canyon or even mountaineer. It’s all right on your doorstep.
Enjoy the best of Andalucian cuisine
With a seaside fishing tradition and the mountainous interior close by, Estepona has the perfect ingredients to offer classic Andalusian gastronomy
From the modern dining of beachfront resorts and the fine dining of Finca Cortesin, to country road ventas and the traditional seafood restaurants and tapas bars of Estepona itself, there are many ways to enjoy a taste of Andalucía.
Naturally the cuisines on offer also feature Asian, Italian, French and other genres, but Estepona is above all known as a place to enjoy Andalusian gastronomy.
Especially recommended in Summer are the beachside restaurants that specialise in grilled fish, seafood dishes and traditional ‘pescaito frito’ consisting of the catch of the day in a light tempura batter, all perfectly well accompanied by a cool glass of Fino.
Head into Estepona’s old town centre and you come across a great many tapas bars that serve the famous Spanish array of delicious small snacks washed down with beer or a glass of wine. If it is a more substantial meal you have in mind, then follow the country roads inland and after ten to fifteen minutes you will start seeing roadside restaurants offering hearty country fare such as rack of lamb, suckling pig and stews â€“ just the thing if you’re visiting Estepona in winter too.
Easygoing shopping and pampered relaxation
From the markets and traditional shopping streets of downtown Estepona to the elegance of Laguna Village
Estepona is not a shopping destination in the style of Marbella, Puerto Baníºs and Mšlaga, yet it does have a charming town centre full of shopping streets with a mix of boutique and traditional shops where you can pick up some local crafts and souvenirs.
Add the fresh food markets and car boot sales, and it makes for an interesting mix â€“ especially if you add the glamorous little beachside mall just east of Estepona. Known as Laguna Village, it naturally also comes complete with restaurants, beach clubs and seductively pampering spa treatments.