Estepona has become a fashionable place for both foreign and Spanish residents to buy property such as holiday homes. Although Estepona doesn't have the "ritz" of neighbouring Marbella, Estepona retains the charm of a traditional Andalusian fishing village. In Estepona, you have it all from village houses to million euro villas and penthouses.
Estepona is a great holiday destination, close to the popular resorts of Marbella, Puerto Banus and Sotogrande, but with its own traditional Spanish personality and charm. There is an abundance of villas in Estepona, dotted around the town in local urbanisations on the beachfront and in the mountains behind.
Out at the far end of the Costa del Sol and sandwiched between Marbella and Puerto Banús to the east and Manilva and Sotogrande to the west, Estepona is undoubtedly one of the most attractive of the towns west of Málaga. Its beaches, paticularly La Rada and Playa el Cristo, are highly rated on the Costa del Sol, and make estepona a popular family tourist destination.
Estepona has a growing selection of hotels. The most expensive and luxurious hotels in Estepona are the Kempinski and Villa Padierna, both a few kilometres to the east of the town. The H10 and the Hotel Fuerte Estepona are situated 2km west and are both frontline to the beach, ideal for families.
With an population of 70,000, Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character. Notwithstanding, all the tourist facilities are here, including hotels, restaurants, leisure and cultural activities, and shops.
Estepona is the fishing village with lots of character and an interesting history, reflected by the large number of fascinating old buildings in town. However if you are more interested in the present than the past, don't worry, there is plenty for everyone to experience and enjoy.
Estepona is one of the many towns across Andalucia that is introducing ZBEs. The Estepona Town Hall approved this ordinance on 19 January 2023, and was expected to be introduced in October 2023 but had not done so by the 31-12-2023 deadline.
A pay per ride peddle assisted eBike and eScooter hire was introduced in Estepona town in August 2022. There are 125 vehicles, half eBikes and half eScooters. The town hall awarded the concession to the provider Dott who also have vehicles in Malaga and Madrid and may other European cites.
Estepona extends much further east and west along the Costa del Sol than just the town centre area. Within the Estepona municipal limits you will find a wide variety of districts or neighbourhoods, most of which are dominated by spectacular views of "Sierra Bermeja" mountain which towers behind the town.
There is one procession on five different days during Semana Santa in Estepona. These days are Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramas), Easter Wednesday (Miércoles Santo), Easter Thursday (Jueves Santo), Good Friday (Viernes Santo) and Easter Sunday (Domingo de Resurrection). There is no longer a procession on Easter Saturday (Sabado de la Gloria).
The 'old town hall' was located in Plaza Blas Infante in the old town It now houses an archaelogical museum. The functioning town hall including the Mayor's office and many of the departments swere located in Edificio Puerto Sol opposite the bullring in the port near the light house from 2002 until summer 2023
Drivers on the A-7 Coastal highway east of Estepona will have seen the silver capped tower against the blue sky and wondered what the building was. The answer is the first ever purpose-built Russian Orthodox church on Costa del Sol's and Andalucia.
Marbella is well known as the favourite destination in Andalucia amongst the international jet-set crowd and the very rich and famous. Often referred to as Spain’s equivalent of Saint-Tropez, the city and many of the beaches here are well renowned for beauty, opulence and the greatest of luxury.
Large terraces with the Trocadero atmosphere, where you can enjoy both top cuisine and the sea and sun. It also has a swimming pool, hammock service, cocktail bar and a Japanese bar, specialized in Asian cuisine.
Anantara by the sea Beach club was called Club del Mar, however its name changes with the official name of the hotel (Villa Padierna) of which it is part. Great place to relax with a cocktail. It closes early at 18.00 (except in the summer) on the other hand it is open all year to support the hotel clients.