A truly unique small town on the western Costa del Sol, Estepona enjoys the classic Mediterranean climate – moderate summers and warm winters – along with a historical and cultural background that places it in the forefront of the tourism industry along this part of the coastline. Although it has many popular attractions and is gaining a growing popularity, it is still relatively unspoiled, and thus remains an inexpensive place to visit and live.
Originating as a small fishing village, Estepona is one of a mere handful of towns on the coast that have retained its Spanish charm and character in the overwhelming influx of tourism.
As you would expect, Spanish is widely spoken and English has not yet taken over as the language of choice. If you plan to move to Estepona you would definitely benefit from speaking some Spanish and there are many local language schools if you haven't yet started to learn. From a business point of view, learning Spanish is a huge advantage and there are always informal opportunities to practise what you have learned.
With narrow cobbled streets and a ritual morning fish auction that occurs when the fishing fleets return to sell their catch from the night before, there are few places you can go that feel so authentically Spanish. Unusual shops and markets line the streets, and cafes and restaurants abound, offering everything from traditional local fare to international cuisine and fine dining.
The combination of easy reaching distance to Malaga airport and unique Spanish charm mean that Estepona is also a popular location for those looking to tie the knot in Spain. With beautiful wedding venues on the coast as well as slightly inland, opting to get married here could easily be a contender against the short list of wedding venues in Sussex that you have. With lots of English speaking wedding service providers organising services such as wedding photography and generally catering for the increasing number of brides to be choosing to get married here, why not get married abroad then retire to your beautiful Estepona property for a well deserved break!
Estepona port is also lovely for a walk around and a popular place for boat owners looking for a scenic spot to base their boats. You can also participate in lots of water based sports here froom boating and RYA courses to snorkelling and diving, not to mention the beach sports!
All told, although maintaining the characteristic accents and feel of a costal Spanish town, Estepona has that feeling of coming from a different time period, with friendly locals, exciting nightlife, and tons of attractions to draw many interesting visitors year round.
Location of the Estepona on the Costa del Sol
Situated on the coast of south eastern Spain, Estepona lies simultaneously on the coast and in the foothills of the mountains of southern Spain. It lies about 40 minutes away from Malaga airport, Estepona is located near the recently built and well maintained A7 motorway. This proximity to the motorway allows easy access to other nearby coastal towns, including San Pedro, Marbella, and Gibraltar.
Approximate driving time to Estepona from major Spanish Airports
Malaga (Pablo Ruiz Picasso) airport, less than 1 hrs drive away.
Gibraltar airport (view airport guide) is approx 1 hour away.
Alicante airport (www.alicanteairporttravel.com) and Murcia airport (www.murciaairporttravel.com) are not suitable options for visiting the Costa del Sol as they are both located around 4-5 hours drive hours away on the Costa Blanca.
Barcelona International Airport is even further away at around 11 hours drive, Spain is a very large country as many people forget.
With long seafront promenades full of chiringuitos and restaurants, many visitors to Estepona and the nearby town of Marbella often opt to hire bicycles from local bike hire specialists to fully explore the smaller cobbled streets the area has to offer.
There is a good infrastructure around Estepona and it is convenient to reach most major tourist attractions and destinations from Malaga all the way down to the eastern end of the Costa del Sol. Good roads in Spain mean it is easy enough to reach the airport as well as areas such as Antequera, just north of Malaga where you will find El Chorro lakes, Spain's take on the Lake District. Comprising 3 massive lakes, the area is in complete contrast to that of the beaches of the coastline and offer a surprising complement to the area. If you enjoy holidaying in the UK but also enjoy the Spanish lifestyle and culture then Estepona is perfectly located for you to enjoy a bit of both.
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