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A hidden gem on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol’s beaches have a well-deserved international reputation, and Estepona was one of the first resorts that put the area on the map. With 21 kilometres of beaches running along Malaga’s shoreline, Estepona holidays are the way to go if you’re looking to soak up some Spanish sun. Take a stroll down Paseo Maritimo de Estepona, the palm-lined promenade along Playa de la Rada beach, then enjoy a dip in the warm Mediterranean water.

It’s also worth wandering around the town’s historic centre, as the winding streets, whitewashed houses and colourful painted flowerpots make holidays to Estepona a photographer’s favourite. The town has hosted generations of happy holidaymakers and hits the perfect balance between an old town preserving its authentic charm and a resort with modern flair. So whether you’re looking to soak up some Andalucian charm, enjoy some water sports or unwind on the beach, a visit to Estepona provides the perfect opportunity to experience the best of the Costa del Sol.

Your Estepona questions, answered

Estepona celebrates Holy Week (at Easter), has an annual Carnival and, each May, hosts a parade and weekend fair for its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador.
Your holiday can work with your budget. While there are opportunities to splash out, you won’t have a hard time finding reasonable prices throughout Estepona.
Estepona enjoys warm summer days and mild winters, so it’s a good destination any time of the year. If you’re happier bathing when it's lovely and hot, then you’ll probably want to book your holiday between June and September. These months usually see the highest temperatures. If you’re planning to explore the old town, walk along the coast or try a few sporting activities, then you may prefer a little less heat. So, spring or autumn could suit you better.
You are in no danger of getting bored – the gorgeous beaches, quaint old town and extensive activities on offer make Estepona an engaging year-round destination.
As well as the beaches of La Rada, El Cristo and Saladillo, there’s a good selection of sandy spots and rocky shores along this part of the Costa del Sol. Nearby, you’ll find the quiet pebble beaches of Padron and Guadalmansa. Or you may prefer the tranquil and sandy beach of Bahia Dorada, especially if you’re looking for a quiet getaway. And a little further along the coast is the wide beach of La Galera, which is a popular spot for watersports.
With its coastal location and ample facilities, Estepona is a good place to take the family. There are beaches to relax on and walks to go on. Plus, there’s an adventure park and activities like go-karting close by. Day trips along the coast to places like Marbella, or to the parks and mountains, are family-friendly options too.
Estepona is perfect for a relaxing beachside holiday. For mellow breaks, you can take a wander through the whitewashed buildings of the old town or simply spend your days on the beaches. And if you fancy more of a lively time, there are many outdoor and water-based activities. There’s a good choice of hotels, restaurants and cafes. You’ll have no trouble finding places to stay and to eat out.
A coastal path, called the Senda Litoral, links Marbella with Estepona. However, Estepona and Marbella are about 25 kilometres apart. So, you may not fancy the walk between them for a day out. But the path does take you along promenades, boardwalks and among lots of natural beauty. So, you may like to take a wander along the Estepona section of the walk while you’re on holiday. It’s easy-going, so no need to pack lots of hiking gear.
The town centre has a selection of cocktail bars and restaurants. You’ll find locals and holidaymakers enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. If you’re looking for a late-night buzz with clubs and music, head to the marina where there’s a lively mix of venues. The pubs and bars become livelier as the night goes on. Often there’s a vibrant scene until the early hours. If you fancy an evening with a more Spanish feel, there are both traditional and modern Flamenco bars in Estepona.