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.
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