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Property for sale in Estepona, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

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The Estepona area guide

Things to do

With the Sierra Bermeja towering majestically at its back and the calm seas lapping at its feet, Estepona is a quaint white walled town with strong roots in seafaring. The town, situated at the western end of the Costa del Sol, boasts a far-reaching history, one that dates back to the prehistoric times. Reminders of its history are scattered throughout the town and surrounding area.

Stroll along the picturesque waterfront marina and be greeted by fishermen jostling to auction off their catch of the day to eager locals and visitors – a spectacle you must witness at least once, although, to take full advantage, get there early! Away from the sea and further inland, the Old Town invites intrepid explorers to traipse through its steep and cobbled streets which house quirky stores, delightful cafes and tapas bars. Beautiful plazas can also be found here, tempting you to sit in one of the many tapas bars and simply observe life in this magnificent corner of the world.

Though Estepona’s roots lie in maritime activities, it has become increasingly popular with holidaymakers who wish to bask on the sun-drenched beaches, bathe in the prestigious Blue Flag awarded waters, or discover more of its magical surroundings. With the development of tourist facilities and gorgeous villas and apartments, it’s hardly surprising that many decide to settle here indefinitely.

Places to eat

As much of Estepona’s livelihood is based on seafaring, it’s hardly surprising that the local fare typically involves freshly caught fish or seafood. Estepona is bursting with a number of traditional tapas bars, restaurants, Bodegas (wine bars), and chiringuitos (beach bars) that suit all tastes and pockets.

Many diners can be found along the gorgeous waterfront as well as within the Old Town. Meson Cordobes in the Old Town is a good spot to sample typical Andalusian tapas style dishes (the small plate phenomenon common in Spain) and the superb wine on offer. La Rada is another great choice if you wish to tuck into freshly caught fish. The restaurant also boasts an outdoor terrace overlooking the coastline – there’s perhaps nothing better than dinner with a view, especially when the sun is setting!

If, however, you prefer to indulge in more international delights, you’re in luck. As Estepona is a major tourist destination, a wide collection of diners serve cuisine from around the world. Casa de mi Abuela, an Argentinian steakhouse, is one popular haunt with locals and holidaymakers alike. The perfectly grilled steak and delicious empanadas certainly warrant a visit!

Shopping

When it comes to shopping, visitors will be more than delighted by the humble offerings of Estepona. The quaint stores of Old Town boast locally made produce, whereas the town centre – notably Calle Real and Calle Terraza – is home to more famed international fashion houses and quirky boutiques. However, the real prize in shopping in Estepona is not from picking up a variety of exquisite goods (though it is a great plus), it comes from discovering the nooks and crannies of this charming town.

The town also boasts several markets which sell all manner of items and usually place on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Sunday market is more tourist orientated, though both are great for finding unique goods and fresh produce! The numerous supermarkets scattered around the town are also great for picking up essential goods.

Getting there & around

If you wish to get to Estepona, you have to either catch a flight to Gibraltar International Airport or Malaga International Airport, which are both situated an hour away and offer direct flights from the UK. From the airport, you can hail a taxi, hire a private transfer or catch a bus to the town of Estepona.

Once in Estepona, the majority of locals rely on the convenient and frequent bus service to get from A to B. The bus service and coaches also ferry residents to the nearby towns and cities of Marbella, Puerto Banús, San Pedro, Málaga and Fuengirola. As there is no railway station in the immediate vicinity, locals also depend heavily on their car – especially since much of the picturesque Costa del Sol sits on the A7 toll road.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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