Located between the mountains and the sea, Estepona is another of the Costa del Sol's great bastions. The mountains surrounding Estepona, famed for forests of Spanish fir, have been declared a national Nature Reserve.
The town itself boasts monuments of great significance, such as the Virgen de los Remedios Parish Church, the Clock Tower and the ruined walls of the 15th-century castle. Selwo Theme Park is a must for safari lovers and is recommended for all ages. The school of Equestrian Arts is another example of the interesting recreational opportunities Estepona has to offer.
The authentic charm and character of Estepona
With an overall population of 37,000, the 'old town', as it's known, is quite a hive of activity. Estepona is one of the few coastal towns, that, whilst providing tourist facilities, maintains it's original charm and character. The numerous street cafes and tapas bars still serve authentic Spanish delicacies. The hilly, cobbled and very narrow streets are used more by horses than cars. You'll find unusual shops and bodegas where you'd least expect them, very inviting ,very friendly and very cheap!.
Essential sources of income for Estepona were for years, fishing, agriculture and cattle and even today, remain so. In more modern times though tourism has become the main staple due to its wonderful climate, well kept beaches, such as La Rada and Cristo Beach, and an extraordinary experience for tourists; from excellent golf courses and pleasure craft harbour to fantastic hotels and restaurants. There are also pretty urbanizations, houses and villa complexes and Estepona is the chosen destination for thousands of tourists every year.
Local food, of course, is driven by its maritime background, so it is easy to find the delicious grilled sardines (Espetos) with a hint of the Moorish; salmorejo, anchovies salad, grilled pimientos salad, tomato soup, and many more besides.
On Sunday mornings there is an excellent market to be found in Estepona around the port area where you can find original and inexpensive souvenirs, hand made by locals from the area.