Your Estepona holidays
Estepona: a holiday destination for sun, beach and culture
Estepona is the ideal destination for holidaymakers seeking sunshine, beaches and culture. With a pleasant year-round climate, this coastal town offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do. Visit its beaches, its marina, stroll through the streets of its traditional historical centre; delight in its different museums and leisure parks. Nature, traditions and culture come together to allow you to experience endless exciting experiences with the kids or someone special.
The district’s coastline features 15 beaches, such as the extensive La Rada Beach, located in the town centre; Cristo Cove, on the way out of town towards the west, where you can enjoy the sun for longest; and Arroyo Vaquero Beach, with Costa Natura, the first authorised nudist beach on the Costa del Sol.
By day and by night, the Seafront Promenade is a meeting point for anybody visiting Estepona for their summer holidays, for the weekend or at any time of year. At the western end of the promenade can be found the Marina with plenty of bars and eating options. Next to the marina is the fishing port and the fish market.
If you want to savour Estepona’s traditional cuisine, graze through the tapas and menus at the many cafés, bars, taverns and restaurants in the old town centre. The best way to end a stroll through its traditionally Andalusian maze of streets and plazas.
You’ll be struck by plazas such as Las Flores, Blas Infante, Begines and Reloj in the old town centre. Calle Terraza and Calle Real are the main shopping streets, often crowded with locals.
If you fancy a bit of shopping, in addition to the main shopping streets in the town centre, take a look at the flea market held on Sunday mornings at the Marina, and the Wednesday market on Avenida Puerta del Mar, featuring stalls loaded with clothes, handicrafts, furniture, plants, fruits and vegetables.
When on holiday in Estepona you can enjoy the region’s nature by practising water and aquatic sports like kitesurfing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. Hiking and cycle touring are more sports options available for kids and grown-ups alike. The area also plays host to 8 golf courses and the prestigious Costa del Sol School of Equestrian Art.
Places of historical and cultural interest
If you want to learn about Estepona’s culture and history, visit its different museums and other areas of interest:
- Archaeological Museum: out of the pieces on exhibition in the rooms of this museum, emphasis should be placed on the so-called Venus of Estepona, a 5000-year-old statue of a female figure.
- Municipal Museum of Palaeontology: its collection of marine molluscs from the Pliocene era makes it a renowned museum on a European level. It is the only natural history museum in the province of Málaga.
- Ethnographic Museum: over 2000 objects related to the ways of life, customs and other aspects of the district’s inhabitants over recent centuries.
- Bullfighting Museum: at the town’s bullring, dedicated to the famous bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez.
- Luis García Berlanga Museum of Images and Sound: opened during the 17th Estepona Spanish Cinema Week. It takes visitors on a journey through the history of cinema, music and comics through different objects.
- La Torre Roman Villa: an archaeological site dating back to the first century after Christ.
- Corominas prehistoric necropolis: a megalithic cemetery that is around 5000 years old.
- Almenaras Towers: seven towers of Muslim and Christian origins, distributed along the district’s 21 kilometres of coastline.
- Castle of San Luis: remains of the building whose construction was ordered by the Catholic Monarchs on top of the Moorish fortress, which gave its name to Estepona.
- Artistic murals: almost thirty wall paintings decorating the façades of buildings found throughout the town.
A journey through the animal and plant kingdoms
No matter whether you’re in Estepona on holiday with kids or your partner, you shouldn’t miss Selwo Aventura. Theme park and zoo where over 2000 animals from different places on Earth living in semi-free conditions. You can discover each species’ natural habitat, recreated by the park’s designers. You’ll also be given the chance to participate in activities organised for visitors.
The El Orquidario Botanical Gardens is another site of interest to visitors in Estepona. It houses more than 1300 species of orchids. The largest collection in Europe and the largest in the world of this species. A bamboo forest, a lake, a waterfall towering over 15 metres high and three glass domes are other features that make this garden well worth a visit.
Excursions from Estepona
Estepona is located 84 kilometres from Málaga Airport along the Mediterranean Motorway; 54.6 from Gibraltar Airport, on the AP-7; and 156.3 kilometres from Jerez Airport, on the A-381.
Other places of interest that can be reached on a day trip from Estepona are Ronda and the city of Cádiz.
A Guide to the Best Beaches in Estepona
The beaches in Estepona stretch for over 20 kilometres with unique spaces that satisfy even the most demanding tastes. Of fine-grain sand, this coastline boasts all the creature comforts; you can have an aperitif in a beach bar, sun yourself on a beach lounger or access its nautical areas. A completely idyllic world in which to enjoy the sea.
Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte Estepona
Arroyo Vaquero Beach
Fuerte Estepona is located on Arroyo Vaquero beach, which is accessed directly from the hotel gardens. It is a quiet, vast beach with a sun lounger service from where you can see Morocco on clear days. Moderate waves.
Costa Natura (2 min on foot)
Those who prefer nudism will not be able to resist the charms of Costa Natura, one of the first nudist beaches on the Costa del Sol and one of the most famous in the whole of Europe. The feeling of freedom in contact with nature is the main draw of this pretty place.
Bahía Dorada (10 min on foot)
Bahía Dorada is in a wild, private environment where the stones form bizarre marine landscapes and you are treated to a pallet of colours from emerald shades to the brightest blue. Ideal for observing the underwater world.
Cristo Beach (6 min by car)
This beach forms a pretty cove, ideal at any time of the year. As it is protected from the wind the water isn’t usually cold and it is kept clean, which makes it an exceptional place for families with children. Part of it is a grove.
La Galera Beach (9 min by car)
This beach is away from the town centre and isn’t as busy as other beaches in the area. It has a rocky part which gives it a wild appearance and makes it ideal for those looking for peace and quiet.
Rada Beach (11 min by car)
Awarded the Q for quality and the Blue Flag on many occasions which certify its environmental state and cleanliness, this beach is one of the most emblematic of the town. It has an exceptional coastguard service and is a stone’s throw from the main streets of Estepona.
Tarifa (30 min by car)
The beaches in Tarifa are just 14 kilometres from the African coast. Of note is Bolonia beach, which boasts the curious ruins of Baelo Claudia. Its white sand dunes are one of the most important tourist attractions of the area together with its wide range of water sports and activities as interesting as dolphin watching.
Discover Estepona Old Quarter
Over two thousand years ago the Phoenicians discovered the beauty of Estepona and since then this town has become a wonderful melting pot of cultures. The best way to see the old town is to amble through its white streets which preserve the charm of Andalucian traditions. Don’t miss:
Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte Estepona
Los Remedios Church (10 min by car)
Los Remedios Church was originally called San Francisco Church and was built on the old Veracruz Chapel thanks to donations from the inhabitants of Estepona. It is a place loved by the people of Estepona.
Municipal Museum of Estepona (15 min by car)
The Municipal Museum of Estepona is a museum complex comprised of five differently themed areas: archaeology, palaeontology, ethnography, bullfighting and sound and image. The museum brings together all the history of the town highlighting its miniature ethnographic collection.
Watch Tower (15 min by car)
This is the tower of the destroyed Fortress Church (15th C). The origins of this tower are Arabic, a period during which it was probably the minaret of a mosque. After the town was taken by the Spanish it was converted into a church, with the tower used as a bell tower.
Fish and vegetables are cooked together in a thousand ways to give life to Estepona’s cuisine, a real treat for the senses. Andalucian restaurants which maintain the old customs and which have a delicious flavour reminiscent of its past, tapas routes which extend along the whole of calle Real and numerous restaurants which also offer international cuisine, but without forgetting the famous sardine skewer.
Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte Estepona
Going out for tapas is one of the most typical gastronomic customs in Spain. Small aperitifs to whet the appetite with good wine. In Estepona, calle Real and Plaza de las Flores boast a great number of establishments. For tapas we can highlight in this town:
Check our post about Top 10 tapas bar around Estepona
Other tapas bar:
Taberna de Lucía (10 min by car)
At La Taberna de Lucía you can try typical Mediterranean dishes. As well as tapas, among their specialties we can draw attention to the fresh fish from Estepona bay and Iberian meats.
La Galería (10 min by car)
At this restaurant you can find a large range of tapas with a Mediterranean flavour. Of note are its cheeses, earthenware dishes and melba toasts with varied toppings.
El Capote (10 by car)
Located in the centre of Estepona, El Capote is particularly known for its barquetes. This restaurant is always a good option for those who want to eat tapas as it has a wide variety, as well as sandwiches, main meals and homemade desserts.
Rada Tapas (10 min by car)
This restaurant has a terrace opposite the beach which makes it particularly charming. As well as a varied selection of tapas, Rada offers all kinds of baked or grilled fish and seafood.
Sabor Andaluz (10 min by car)
This culinary corner decorated in the most exquisite Andalucian style specialises in the best Iberian products: varied barquetes, salted products and cheeses. Here you can also taste a selection of wines from Andalucia.
Sabor Rociero (10 min by car)
Sabor Rociero has a pretty Andalucian patio so you can enjoy the most traditional settings of this region. In peaceful surroundings you can try Iberian products and the best tapas.
The preferred options in the gastronomic repertoire of Estepona are salted fish, sardine skewers and octopus salad. Having said this, you must try typical Malaga fried fish and the famous soups, among which gazpacho acquires local touches as seen in the gazpachuelo (soup made from fish and garlic mayonnaise) and ajoblanco (cold garlic and almond soup).
La Escollera (10 min by car)
A restaurant with a traditional maritime atmosphere, here you can try freshly caught fish. It is a simple place that conserves the typical flavours of the area.
El Club Náutico (10 min by car)
A restaurant in the heart of the Marina which offers unbeatable sea views. It has a great variety of tapas where Mediterranean fish is the star ingredient.
Simonito (15 min by car)
This restaurant has a selection of fresh fish and seafood displayed in a glass tank, where diners can chose what they would like to eat. Turbot, horse mackerel and sardines are some of the dishes that you can try.
El Pescador (15 min by car)
From a good octopus, clams, great shrimps, prawns to all kinds of fish such as squid and puntillitas (very small squid). Grilled fish are the strongpoint of this restaurant with a maritime flavour.
Despite the coastal nature of Estepona it mustn’t be forgotten that in this enclave you can try good grilled meats. A wide range of restaurants specialise in this type of cuisine.
La Menoráh (5 min by car or 15 min on foot)
La Menoráh offers Andalucian cuisine made with products from the region. Some of its specialties are cabbage stew from Cadiz, lamb roasted in a wood-burning oven and veal tripe with chickpeas.
Casa de mi Abuela (15 min by car)
In a cosy, peaceful atmosphere the Casa de mi Abuela restaurant offers a varied menu with all kinds of meat cooked with traditional ingredients.
Restaurante El Sur (15 min by car)
The restaurant is decorated with typical Argentine country decor making for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Among the specialties we can highlight the charcoal-grilled Argentine meats, which gives them a special, unmistakable flavour. The star dish is the veal sirloin accompanied by potatoes and glazed vegetables.
El Carnicero (20 min by car)
The El Carnicero restaurant offers a type of cuisine which specialises in meats made in a great variety of ways, not just concerning the method of cooking, but also the herbs and sauces used.
Shopping in Estepona and surrounding areas
Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte Estepona
Estepona city centre (10 min by car)
The essence of Andalucia is observed in the streets of the old town. If you wish to go shopping you can take a walk through this area and while you take in the monuments and typical narrow streets of Estepona you can buy souvenirs for your family as well as accessories, clothing and footwear.
Puerto Banús (15 min by car)
Puerto Banús is the most famous nautical and tourist enclave in the south of Spain. This exclusive marina is one of the greatest entertainment centres on the Costa del Sol, home to designer and exclusive luxury goods shops.
You will also find the Marina Banús shopping centre in this area, one of the best known in Marbella, and also the Puerto Banús Corte Inglés.
Marbella city centre (35 min by car)
The old town is the perfect place for those looking for souvenirs and a relaxed atmosphere in its open shopping centre. Those who prefer somewhere a bit livelier can enter the shops on the Avenida Ricardo Soriano and Ramón y Cajal.
La Cañada Shopping Centre (35 min by car)
This is a large scale shopping centre located in Marbella where you can do all your shopping. Here you can find from boutiques of clothes to shoes, accessories and homeware shops. FNAC (an international entertainment retailer) is located in this shopping centre and offers technology, books and music.
Puerta Europa Shopping Centre (47 min by car)
Puerta Europa is the shopping point of reference for the Campo de Gibraltar, due to its size, its offer of fashion, food, services and leisure and its location, thus becoming a shopping point of reference in the province of Cadiz.
Gibraltar (30 min by car)
Known as the Rock of Gibraltar, it is makes for a very curious visit indeed, and belongs to the UK. It is a free port where perfumes, alcohol and tobacco are the big sellers.
Estepona’s climate is inextricably linked to the influence of the Mediterranean, which ensures that the temperatures don’t usually fall below 7 or 8°C during the winters while keeping them much higher in the summers.For a good part of the year, the average temperature is around 17°C, turning the city into a Mecca for horse riding and windsurfing enthusiasts.Although Estepona does receive rainfall, the weather is generally mild, gracing the city with nearly 3,000 hours of sun per year.
This is why Estepona boasts over half a dozen golf courses, excellent hiking trails and countless sports fields.
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