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Estepona Area Guide

“The Traditional Spain!”

Estepona is a beautiful, picturesque coastal town which has kept its identity of being a traditional Spanish village, maintaining its natural charm and style. With lots of bars and restaurants, and plenty of leisure and cultural activities you can easily see why this town has become a desirable place to live.

It is located between Puerto Banús and Sotogrande and is roughly a hour´s drive away from Malaga Airport along the AP-7.

Buses run every half hour from Estepona´s main bus station, these buses can take you to more local areas like San Pedro, Puerto Banus and Marbella. If you’re looking to travel a little further Estepona´s station is well connected making it simple to travel to places like Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada.

There are local buses too travelling around the area, the L1 and L2 and also a taxi rank which is just behind the bus station. 

The area has been occupied since prehistoric times following the discovery of stone-age tools and dolmens. It has also been discovered that Romans occupied the area, but a seaquake destroyed their town or villa in the 4th century.  Archaeologists have unearthed some foundations and ceramics, although the disaster's effects (together with massive redevelopment in the 1960s) make further finds unlikely.

Just walking around you will see many murals, watchtowers and there are plenty of Museums to visit and learn about the town’s history. Let’s also not forget the art museums.

Located just a couple of streets from the sea is Castillo de San Luis.  This castle was built to replace the old fortification of Arab origin and was used as a defence and security for its inhabitants.

Estepona also upholds its traditional ferias and events much like most places in Spain. The summer Feria is extremely popular where people from all over Spain come to partake in the fun and frolics. This normally takes place in the first week of July and starts in the days through to the early hours of the morning and takes place at the “Parque Ferial y Deportivo”.

Dates for all of these festivities can be retrieved through tourist information and the tourist office, "Oficina de Turismo Centro". It is open Monday to Friday 09.00 to 15.30 and Saturdays 10.00 to 14.00. These events are highly recommended for you to partake as you get to experience Spain at its best, non-stop eating, traditional Spanish dances, typical Spanish attire and much more!

Estepona holds its unique character with cobbled streets, traditional tapas bars, a church and a view of the gorgeous mountain, Sierra Bermeja. It also holds tourist facilities which include hotels, restaurants, leisure and cultural activities, and shops.

There are many beaches to choose from in Estepona! Some big, some small, some busy, some quiet, some with water sports, some with wind surfers, but the one thing they all have in common is the luxurious golden sand, beautiful scenery and traditional Spanish chiringuitos!

Just a few miles east of the town centre is Laguna beach village complex which is situated on the beach and you have the opportunity to shop for luxurious gifts and designer labels there too. The main places for you to enjoy a walk around the shops are Calle Real and Calle Terraza which is the main town centre and host a variety of shops for all things needed, including banks and pharmacies. 

Over the last 50 years Estepona continues to hold a town market every Wednesday, "El Rastro", from 09.00 to 14.00 and there are a number of other markets provided throughout different days of the week with antiques, handicrafts and flea markets.

If you are into your sports, there is plenty to do and choose from such as swimming, tennis, basketball and there are also five a side football pitches you can hire and not forgetting the multiple gyms of course.  Like with most towns along the coast line, golf is everywhere and Estepona Golf Club itself is situated only 7-8 minutes’ drive from the centre. Here you can enjoy an 18-hole golf course with restaurant and bar on site.

For those who like to connect with nature, you have some wonderful parks and gardens to stroll through. The Punto Doncela Lighthouse Gardens offers a variety of plants and shrubs. There is also Los Pedregales Park where you have the option to rent out log cabins and a popular activity with the locals is to enjoy a family barbeque at the fixed areas and permanent picnic tables! 

When relocating with family finding the right school for your children is extremely important. The schools in the area are not far from the main town. The International School Estepona  is an elementary school with great reviews and there is also a private school called Colegio San José on La Cala s/n which also has been given great reviews.

There are a number of health clinics available in Estepona, Centro Médico Hiperbárico Estepona and Bodyworks Health Clinic are specialist clinics should you require one. There is also a private hospital, Hospiten Estepona available.

 There is one police station in Estepona itself, the National Police Station, “Policia Nacional”, and you have a City or Town Hall, “Ayuntamiento de Estepona” situated on Av. del Puerto, 3, not far away from the port itself. 

Estepona possesses great accessibility to all amenities, especially when you are considering relocating!

When it comes to nightlife, you won´t be disappointed in Estepona! You have everything you need in one town and variety galore!

With eating out being part of the Spanish culture you are never too far away from bars or restaurants in Estepona. You have a choice of traditional Spanish cuisine to Argentinian steak houses, Italian cuisine, Chinese cuisine and so much more.

Once you have finished dining to can enjoy a chilled gin and tonic, or your own drink of choice,  at a number of different bars. In the main town you will find a great amount of bars offering different types of music which are mainly aimed for the locals rather than tourists. One of the popular places to go is Tolone which is more of a cocktail lounge but you also have Bar Caleu which is right next to Tolone and is spread out over three floors in an intriguing layout.

The other popular places to go of an evening would be the port/marina. It is roughly 10-15 minutes’ walk away from the main town centre and there you will find everything you need to be entertained all night long! Some recommended places to go are: O’Donoghues Irish Pub, Reinaldo, El Duende, La Pepa, Jazz Pub and Louis Louis. Don´t be surprised if you waltz in at 7am!!

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