On foot or by bike
Spanish Fir Route (departure point 25 min by car)
This is a route which starts at the mountain refuge at the Summit of Los Reales and passes through one of the four remaining Spanish fir woods in Europe. These beautiful trees trace a stunning landscape in a mountain range of red stones called peridotite rocks, which owe their colour to the mineral iron oxide. It is a 5 km walk there and back, of low difficulty.
Nicio Castle Route (departure point 5 min by car)
This route begins at Puerta Verde (at the end of Avenida de España in Estepona) and crosses the ponds of Las Nutrias and la Extranjera until reaching the ruins of Nicio castle, built in the 9th century. Part of its walls remain. It is located in the area known as El Padrón Alto. Seven kilometre route, of medium difficulty.
We have information about routes in Estepona and the surrounding area, of varying levels of difficulty, which you can explore on foot or by bike.
- See route: Estepona-Pico de los Reales
- See route: Peñas Blancas-Sendero Pinsapos
- See route: La Lobilla-Arroyo Benítez
- See route: Sierra Bermeja
- See route: Rio Castor
- See route: Estepona-Punta Pinillos-Estepona
- See route: Estepona-El Padrón- Estepona
- See route: Estepona-Pedro Lagasparra-Punta Pinillos-Estepona
- See route: Estepona-Benahavis
- See route: Estepona-La Piqueta
Local One Day Tours
Gibraltar: 15 minutes
This seven mile British territory is nestled in the Straits of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic. It is a town which is classified as a free port, meaning that alcohol and tobacco are cheaper than in other places – which is certainly one of the reasons it’s so popular with tourists! Steeped in history, Gibraltar is distinctively beautiful and has fantastic shopping facilities, beaches and outdoor activities to enjoy
Tangier: 25/30 minutes
Just 14 km separates the African coast from the coast of Cadiz, so why not visit a completely different continent on your Costa del Sol holiday? You can depart from Tarifa by ferry and be in Morocco in half an hour. Morocco’s cultural and culinary delights have never been so accessible, so take advantage of this during your Costa del Sol holiday and explore this enchanting gateway into Africa.
Tarifa: 35 minutes
Beautiful Tarifa is very popular tourist destination due to its ten kilometres of white sandy beaches, astounding natural beauty and excellent surfing conditions. Its white sand dunes are one of the most main tourist attractions of this area, along with the wide range of water sports on offer. Particularly of note is Bolonia beach, home to the curious ruins of the ancient Roman town of Baelo Claudia
Málaga: 1 hour
It would be a grave mistake to write Malaga off as just a beach destination. As well as sun and beaches, the capital of the Costa del Sol offers:
two notable museums, the Picasso and the Thyssen which any art enthusiast will be able to spend hours in; the house where Picasso was born as well as a famous citadel and Roman theatre are also found in Malaga The old town is especially renowned for its narrow and winding shopping streets, superb restaurants and a charming pedestrianised centre, Larios.
Ronda: 1 hour
Ronda is quite possibly the jewel in the crown of Andalucian towns. The 18th century Puente Nuevo bridge which straddles the imposing 100 metre gorge will take your breath away – it’s easy to see why Ronda is considered to be one of the prettiest towns in the region. As well as admiring the gorge bridge, a visit to this lovely town isn’t complete without a ride in a horse-drawn carriage along the typical Andalucian streets and a visit to the Acinipo archaeological site, an old Roman town 20 km from Ronda.
The delightful city of Granada houses La Alhambra, the most visited and most symbolic monument in Spain which is both a palace and a fortress and tremendously beautiful. Its decadent towers, royal apartments and gardens show the magnificence of Granada’s rich history. After visiting the Alhambra, the Cathedral, the Bañuelo, the Carrera del Darro, Paseo de los Tristes and Plaza Nueva are all must-see attractions too – but don’t forget to enjoy some tapas and wine in one of the great restaurants too!
As the home of flamenco, horses, sherry and brandy, Jerez has plenty of entertaining activities for tourists to enjoy. From wine tours in the famous wine and brandy cellars to horse shows at the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andulucian School of Equestrian Art), Jerez has more than enough cultural events to please just about everyone. Heavily influenced by its rich and diverse history, at just over an hour’s drive Jerez is undoubtedly worth a visit.
As the one-time capital of the Moorish empire, Seville is just as rich in history and culture as you would expect. Aside from its impressive monuments which include the Torre del Oro, the Giralda, the Alcázar, the Archivo de Indias, the Palacio de San Telmo and the Tobacco Factory (to name just a few!) Seville also is home the most unique adventure park in the area, El Bosque Suspendido (‘The Hanging Forest’) which is situated in a hundred–year-old pine forest.
Seville is also very enthusiastic about its provincial customs including as flamenco, tapas and sherry drinking.
Local Half Day Tours
Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte Estepona
Estepona Marina (10 min by car)
Estepona port is located just 5 minutes from the centre of town. The fishing village atmosphere turns a walk into an unforgettable experience. A majestic sea populated with boats is the backdrop for peaceful strolls accompanied by the smell of salt where you can sit and have an aperitif in one of its restaurants.
The port is home to the diving centre, where they give courses to teach you to observe the underwater landscapes. Estepona is a geographic area rich in marine flora and fauna, which makes it a coveted destination for lovers of scuba diving, without forgetting other water sports such as recreational fishing and sailing.
Selwo Aventura (10 min by car)
Selwo is an adventure park which transports you to the heart of the African continent. Lions, tigers and elephants live together freely with another 2000 species. If you are looking to do something exciting and new you must visit Selwo.
Roman Town of Las Torres (10 min by car)
This is a stately Roman town. It is a characteristic example of domestic architecture of the Mediterranean coast in the province of Seville, which was subsequently used as a necropolis.
Sotogrande (15 min by car)
If you like golf you must visit Sotogrande, in the province of Cadiz. Here you can find the most exclusive courses dedicated to this sport as well as polo and horse riding.
Puerto Banús (15 min by car)
Puerto Banús is an exclusive marina where you find the most ostentatious ships as well as the most exclusive upmarket cars. The jet set from all corners of the world comes together in this enclave known for its parties and glamour.
Casares (30 min by car)
This is one of the prettiest Andalucian landscapes in the province of Malaga. This town of white houses is located on a hill in a privileged setting. The typical geraniums adorn the balconies amidst a rural atmosphere of tranquillity and nature. Blas Infante, considered the “father of Andalucia”, was born in this town.
Marbella (20 min by car)
Marbella is a paradise of golden sands bathed by the Mediterranean, but it is also one of the symbols of Andalucian culture. If you walk through its narrow streets guarded by large walls you will discover from ancient Roman villas to the rococo elegance of the Church of the Incarnation.
Gaucín (40 min by car)
Also in the hills of Ronda is Gaucín. Its Moorish layout and its elevated location make it the best balcony from which to look out on the Valley del Genal. The best views from this lovely small town can be found from the Castle del Águila.