Estepona is a lively resort town on the Costa del Sol with beautiful beaches and traditional white houses. The town is dominated by Sierra Bermeja, its mountain which glows bright orange in the morning sun. This is a national park area and there are stunning walks and views to enjoy on its slopes.
The fishing port is at the western end of the town, and is still a working port, hence the many excellent fish restaurants. Next to the port is the Marina where you can enjoy international cuisine at one of the many restaurants and bars, or stay till the small hours of the morning dancing in a club or bar there.
Take the time to explore Estepona and head for Plaza de las Flores in the centre of town, or the adjacent Plaza de Dr Arce. Here you can relax by the fountains, and taking your pick of the many bars and restaurants, you can enjoy your refreshments surrounded by flowers and orange trees. While you relax you may hear the clock tower from a nearby square chime. It is in this square, Plaza del Reloj, that every Sunday at 8 pm, from the third weekend in July, to the end of August, the local band perform a free concert for about an hour and a half. It is certainly worth seeing if you are visiting these weeks.
The shops in Estepona are small and mostly independent businesses, offering a wide and an interesting selection to browse through, just about everything from perfume to pots. The leather goods are particularly reasonable, and it is worth exploring using the Calle Terraza as your starting point. This is the road that leads from the centre of town on the sea front, by Barclays Bank, inland. Estepona still carries the tradition of a siesta, usually from 2 pm until 5 or 5.30 pm. Most of the shops re open for the evening until 8 pm but the banks will not (there are lots of cash points though). A hint is to park in the underground car parks which run most of the length of the sea front.
Every Sunday morning in the Marina is a market selling fancy goods from the region and North Africa, clothes bags and belts. Every Wednesday (apart from the week of the fair) from about 8.30 am to 2 pm in the fair ground is a large market, where you can spend a whole morning walking up and down the many colourful and sometimes fragrant stalls. It is an idea to stock up on spices while you are there to take home! The Market is at Junction 155 off the A7 /E15. Check out the feria dates and other events at the Tourist Office opposite the Marina entrance in Calle Torre Almenara.
There are two beaches in Estepona town itself, and the whole area has long stretches of quiet sandy beaches which are all accessible to everyone. La Rada Beach runs the whole length of the centre of town, and is served by many beach bars which will hire out beds, shades and supply you with refreshments. The Paseo, or walkway, runs the entire length of the beach as well, and it is great to take a stroll along here. In July and August the front has amusements for children, street stalls and entertainers, and performances by local groups and dancers. The other beach is Playa del Cristo, and it is at the western end of town. This is a charming small bay with several beach bars and shallow sheltered water for paddling and swimming.
How long have you got? We thought we may try all of the restaurants in Estepona but we have failed as they are countless, and all good. There are many to be found along the beach, and around the centre of town as well. One bar is worthy of mention and a visit though as it offers everything that this area is about. Bar El Tipico Andaluz, in Calle Caridad no 55 is simply amazing. You are given warm welcome, try a local sherry or wine, cheeses, hams, tomatoes, local bread drizzled with olive oil, and the most incredible home made freshly cooked crisps we have ever tasted. Spend an evening by the fire in winter, or sit outside in the street by a barrel as your table in the summer and taste these delicious Iberian products. Sometimes a few folk will start to sing and clap flamenco songs, magical.
Ferias and festivals
Easter is a week full of solemn Parades as each local church, or brotherhood, will carry enormous floats through the streets to the beat of a single drum. Moving slowly, sometimes up to a hundred men will skillfully shoulder the floats through the narrow streets. Their unusual garb is sometimes a tad frightening to youngsters as they are often robed and wearing a pointed hat.
The summer brings a medieval street fair and two visits by the fair, when a carnival atmosphere reigns in the town and the banks offer reduced hours. The night of June 23rd or 24th depending on where you are, is the night of San Juan. Head to the beaches where fires are lit, and at midnight you jump over the waves three times! (You are meant to jump over the fire three times too but they are always enormous.) A night not to be missed if you are here.
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