In many ways, Estepona is an exception to much of the Costa del Sol, with big hotels replaced by narrow white streets and the prevalence of terracotta coloured homes. For a city founded in Roman times it’s managed to slip into modern times while retaining much of its charm - the cobbled streets are still more suited to horses than cars. The various cultures that have occupied the city have left their mark, with historical attractions prevalent across the town. But away from the Old Town’s higgledy lanes, there’s more to this beautiful town.
Those who are looking for the beach will adore this premium Mediterranean location where highs hit 30 degrees and where almost all of the beaches have been awarded blue flag status for their high standard. And for those who simply can’t wait until the sun sets, Estepona offers a laid-back nightlife. If romance is abounding, head to the nearby harbour of La Duquesa, where people watching and boat spotting over a cocktail or two is a sophisticated holiday date night. Early birds should take a wander down to the port early in the morning and watch the night’s catch being sold at the fish market.
With almost 3000 hours of sunshine a year, an Estepona holiday is ideal for perfecting a tan, but if sunbathing on the soft sand shores sounds far too relaxing, Estepona has plenty to explore. Above the town, you can find the ruins of Castillo de Nicio as well as La torre del Reloj (the watchtower) that is said to be one of the oldest buildings on the Costa del Sol. Whether it’s soaking up the sunshine or exploring for hidden gems we think you’ll love Estepona. We certainly do.
San Pedro de Alcantara
This authentic rustic town is just twenty minutes from Estepona by car. And if you’re looking for something away from the usual crowded tourist resorts, we recommend San Pedro. These cobbled streets are totally unspoiled and lined with bars, cafés and beautiful parish churches. And don’t miss the Thursday market, as it spills out onto the streets and takes over the entire town - a paradise for any bargain hunters.
The little jewel of the Costa del Sol, Tarifa is the southern-most tip of Spain. In Tarifa you’ll say goodbye to the busy beaches that are found across much of the Costa del Sol. Instead you get a great family holiday destination, where you get the stunning weather and edge-of-the-world views – but a holiday you can enjoy at a gentler pace.
Under an hour from Estepona, Benalmadena is a taste of upper-class luxury life on the Costa del Sol. Having retained much of its historic charm by avoiding the over-development of some nearby resorts, Benalmadena’s Old Town is a particular delight. Set a little way back from the coast in the hills, it features white washed old Spanish-style buildings, but it’s not just about the beautiful buildings and historic scenery. When the sun goes down these cobbled streets become the pathway to a vibrant set of bars and restaurants that make up the lively nightlife of Benalmadena.
Plaza del Reloj
The ‘Clock Square’ is one of the main points of interest in Estepona. With its dominating round-topped Moorish clock tower, part of the town’s main church, it’s a great place to congregate, whether you’re eating 12 grapes at New Year’s (that’s a bit of a tradition here) or enjoying your grapes in chilled, liquid form…
You can also head down the steps to explore the Mercado Municipal, a covered market for fruit, vegetables and fresh fish.
Plaza de las Flores
The charming little square of the Plaza de las Flores, entered by four archways of trees, is surrounded by trim orange trees and tropical plants, making it the perfect place to linger over a romantic stroll before exploring the congenial streets lined with picturesque houses.
Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja
The Sierra Bermeja Mountains are a beautiful sight, especially recommended at sunset, where you are always treated to a spectacular view. Take the short drive up to the refuge with a picnic and make your way slowly up the winding paths towards the summit. You will be treated to spectacular views.
Costa del Sol cuisine
The Costa del Sol is the birth place of Spanish tapas, and any trip just wouldn’t be complete without trying as much tapas as possible. Thankfully, it’s hard to miss and easy to love, as well as making the perfect snack pit-stop between adventures.
Beyond the tapas, the Costa del Sol is also famous for its fresh fish, which is usually cooked within hours of being caught from the sea. It’s hard to find a fresher or more authentic way to try the cuisine than sitting at a harbour restaurant and watching the fisherman bringing in their catches, before sampling it for yourself that same day. And at the end of a long day, you may want to treat yourself to a glass (or two) of Rioja as you enjoy the view.
Estepona features a variety of restaurants that cater to every possible taste. In the narrow streets of the Old Town you will find the authentic Spanish tapas restaurants, which serve traditional delicacies throughout the day. It’s worth wandering down all of the side streets here, as you might just find a treasure.
The port in Estepona is also a great place to head for dinner, with beautiful views over the sea up for grabs. This is also where you will find the less-traditional, international food for those nights when nothing but a curry will do!
Estepona holidays are brilliant for holidaymakers of all different types – with a great variety of activities, from late night revelry to family beach adventures, day trips to Valencia and elsewhere in the area, as well as historic treasures and of course unrivalled beaches, this is a vibrant and beautiful place to visit.
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