Estepona is located on the western side of the Costa del Sol. Although the city is located directly on the coast, most of its territory lies within the Sierra Bermeja.
The natural beauty of the mountain range and the presence of spruce forests in the highest part has made this place declared a nature reserve. Estepona is an important center for tourism, thanks to its beautiful beaches and large amount of facilities.
Sightseeing in Estepona
A prominent monument is the “Iglesia de los Remedios”, other attractions are the “Torre del Reloj”, “Plaza de Toros” (bullfighting), La Ermita del Calvario (Hermitage) and several houses or palaces of royalty, such as that of the Marquis of Mondejar. In addition, there are a number of archaeological sites from the Roman era.
What is there to do in Estepona?
Estepona has a beautiful marina for pleasure yachts, where you can enjoy the various water sports facilities. Playing golf is also a possibility in Estepona. Estepona is also worth a visit during one of the many festivals, which are numerous here. The main Fiesta is the Feria, which takes place in the middle of August.
Shopping in Estepona
Estepona has a large amount of locally produced goods but in addition to Spanish goods, many larger and international brand names have settled here. In the large marina you will find a wide range of nautical stores for boats and other accessories related to the sea. There is also a large shopping center on the Marbella side of town that includes a large Carrefour supermarket. Parking downtown can be difficult, but there is a large parking lot near the mall.
Nightlife in Estepona
Estepona has an interesting nightlife that, like Marbella, has its reputation not because of what you immediately see when you are in town, but because of the surprises you get when you visit the back streets. The city is essentially divided into the port and the immediate downtown area. Instinctively, tourists go first to the harbor, where a large selection of bars and restaurants specialize in fresh fish, as well as the usual international range of dishes. Most of the action can be found in the back streets of Estepona. There seems to be no end to the number of small bars hidden around the many narrow turns. The most popular spot is Plaza de los Flores (Flowers Square) and here you will find a large concentration of bars built around the fountain and garden.
Museums in Estepona
There are several museums, including the municipal museum, an archaeological museum, an ethnographic museum, a museum of bullfighting and a museum of paleontology (fossils).
Market in Estepona
Every Sunday there is a market in the harbor where you can get many bargains and good place for your souvenirs such as leather leather articles, bijouterie, arts and crafts etc.
Every Wednesday morning there is “El Rastro,” a market held in the open air on Avenida Juan Carlos. Good for fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, etc.
There is a daily covered market (Mercado de Abastos). It is held near the castle and the Plaza del Reloj. Here you can buy fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruits.