Everyone knows that holidays in Costa del Sol involve plenty of sun, but Estepona is unique. There is a microclimate here which means that Estepona enjoys a staggering 325 days or more of sunshine each year. Blissful beach holidays await on Estepona’s 21km of coastline for those looking to take their holidays in Costa del Sol and those looking for something authentically Andalusian will also be enthralled by Estepona’s charming old town.
The area of Estepona has been occupied by human beings since pre-historic times. The Romans left their mark here, though a seaquake destroyed their settlement here in the 4th Century. Some have suggested that references to an important port known as ‘ Salduba’ or ‘Silniana’ may have referred to this place, though whether or not that is the case is unclear. 14th Century writings from the times of Moorish rule here mention that the town was in decay and in 1457, Henry IV of Castile captured the town from the Moors. A church was built where a mosque once stood and a town grew around it. Sadly, all that now remains of that town is the old clock tower and nearby Simon Fernandez school. Rebuilding occurred, however, and in 1502, Estepona received its town charter. San Luis Castle was built as a defence against Berber pirates. In spite of the tourist infrastructure that grew up here from the 1960s, the town retains a certain pueblo-charm and feels more authentic than many other coastal settlements familiar to those who enjoy holidays in Costa del Sol.
The old town centre of Estepona is far and away its most charming portion and one of the key tourist attractions here. Also popular is the charming marina and a pleasant seaside promenade. Of course the town’s beaches are a major draw to visitors to this area and there is plenty more to see and do, from interesting museums on archaeology and paleontology to an orquidario with beautiful floral displays but perhaps the nicest thing about Estepona is simply taking a stroll through the picturesque streets and along the sea shore.
On Calle Real and Calle Terraza in the city centre you will find a range of shops, from boutiques to bakeries. A few miles east of the town centre is the Laguna Beach village complex, where you can indulge in a luxury shopping experience. If you are looking for something a bit more individual then the markets may be more your cup of tea. There is a tourist market on Sunday mornings in the marina. There is also a craft market on Sundays in Plaza ABC. On Saturdays there is a handicraft market in Plaza Begines and on Wednesdays you can get fresh fruit and veg and other items at the traditional town market.
Food & Drink
Estepona offers all the traditionally Andalusian and international foods and drinks that you would expect from holidays in Costa del Sol. Whatever you are looking for you will be able to eat like royalty and wash it down with a nice glass of wine – or whatever tipple takes your fancy.