Estepona

With its privileged setting, Estepona captivates visitors in each one or its parts. The revamped old town, one of the most beautiful in Andalusia, offers tourists the change to enjoy a true urban graden at “El Jardín de la Costa del Sol”. Its maze of white streets, decked with colourful pots brimming with flowers, is the very essence of a coastal Andalusian town. Estepona conserves its customs and traditions and has blended them in seamless harmony with its modern and tourist-focused side.

Estepona is committed to culture and exhibits art in its streets. Open-air sculptures by renowned artists, artistic murals that decorate building facades and bring life to the streets … a rich and diverse heritage will surprise visitors, who can wander through the different neighbourhoods and areas with buildings that host pictorial works of great quality and originality, and discover a new way of enjoying art.

Not to be missed

The Marina of Estepona, with its 447 moorings, is the favourite of those seeking leisure and entertainment in the evening, especially when the summer months arrive. A walk through its interior is the perfect start before knowing at first hand some of the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs that are around.

Other leisure centres of Estepona designed for the whole family is Selwo Aventura, a zoo that becomes a kind of safari jeep that runs alongside more than 2,000 animals of 200 different species. To enrich the visit, the route is through four different villages: Pórtico de la Naturaleza (Portico of Nature), Cañón de las Aves (Bird Canyon), Ruta de los Valles (Route of the Valleys) and the El Poblado Central (Central Village). The Contact with animals and large playgrounds make Selwo Aventura, a favourite plans for the younger ones of the house.

Golf enthusiasts will find in Estepona, a paradise for this sport: own, there are excellent golf fields: Valle Romano Golf, El Paraiso Golf ClubAtalaya GolfEl Campanario GolfEl Coto Golf and Estepona Golf Club

A space of much interest is also the School of Equestrian Art ‘Costa del Sol’. This is one of the best equestrian centres in Spain and offers beautiful exhibitions with horses.

Finally, It is noteworthy that Estepona is an ideal place for wellness tourism destination, with a wide range of products and services aimed at health, beauty and luxury services. This is one of the most notable and renowned equestrian centres in Spain, offering one of the most modern facilities in Europe.

Local Fiestas

One of the most important celebrations of the town of Estepona is the one that takes place on the occasion of the celebration of the Virgen del Carmen, on July 16. The town organizes a maritime procession with odour of incense, flowers, and sea salt, which pays tribute to the Patroness of Estepona and fishermen. A crowd of tourists and locals of Estepona who often wait at the Virgin on the shore, where dozens of boats decorated for the occasion receive it to accompany it by sea between cheers and sirens.

The 15th of May is the date of the traditional procession to honour the patron saint of Estepona, San Isidro Labrador, where crowds of people dressed in the traditional countryside dress walk alongside their Saint through the typical Estepona streets, which have been dressed up for the occasion.

Other fairs are the Feria y Fiestas Mayores in July; the San Juan fair in June, which is based around the burning of the “júas”; as well as the Virgen de Los Remedios fair in August.

Estepona also hosts the Costa del Sol Horror and Fantasy Film Week in September. The programme includes films, conferences, workshops and exhibitions, among other activities.

How to get there

It’s best to drive from Málaga to Estepona along the AP-7 paid motorway with the trip taking an hour without traffic. Another option is to take the A-357 and get off at exit 48 to continue along the E-15/AP-7 in Marbella to Estepona. The alternate route takes an estimated hour and ten minutes.

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