Estepona, a Town Rejuvenated
Located in the western end of the Costa del Sol, between Marbella and Mnilva, is the fishing village of Estepona. Here you will find a village that has remained true to its origins, keeping its typical Andalusian ambience. This ambience remains even though Estepona town has gone through some pretty impressive upgrades over the past few years. Estepona stretches for 21 kilometres along the Mediterranean and is home to some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol. Estepona also boasts some spectacular scenery including Los Reales mountain range to the north. The highest peak resort rises to 1,449 metres above sea level, one of the highest in the province and these mountains are home to the extremely rare pinsapo pine tree. One thing that makes Estepona even more unique and beautiful is many of the whitewashed houses are decorated with colourful geraniums. Estepona has excellent amenities and facilities including health centres, private hospitals, schools (including Colegio San José, which usually tops the list of Andalusia’s best schools) and sports centres.
Estepona’s Chill Factor
One of the best things you can do in Estepona is stroll around the town centre exploring the maze of pretty streets and squares. The central Plaza de la Flores is one of the most attractive with traditional façades and fountain plus lots of flowers. The town is also home to nearly 30 giant murals. They depict a range of topics from abstract to everyday, but all are stunning and many include clever trompe l’oeil. In Estepona you’ll find an extensive collection of sculptures, showcased around the town. There are over 25 in different locations and range from the life-like Monument to the Tourist on the seafront promenade to the unusual Dragon in the Sunshine in the Calvario Park. Estepona’s town centre includes an Archaeology Museum where you can check out the Venus of Estepona statue that dates back more than 5,000 years. Like the rest of the Costa del Sol, you can expect good weather in Estepona throughout the year. The resort enjoys over 320 days of sunshine a year and the average temperature comes in at 19 degrees.
For the perfect holiday escape just to relax, Estepona provides two blue flag beaches. One being the small cove of Playa Del Cristo which is to the West of the town, and the other being the long sandy La Rada Beach to the East of Estepona marina. If you are up for some adventure, Estepona is home to great hiking trails in stunning mountains and valleys. The town is also a great place for families, where you can choose from many day trip attractions like Selwo Safari Park, home to 2,000 animals. With at least five golf courses in the local area including the popular Estepona Golf resort, golfing enthusiasts will find a paradise here. For an exciting night out, there is a huge variety of locally owned restaurants and bars offering all types of cuisine including Spanish, Italian and French. Many of the restaurants offer diners to eat al fresco (outside) during the late evening.