Estepona is a popular tourist resort that has kept its old-world Andalusian charms intact. Located on the Costa del Sol, you’ll find pretty beaches, boutique shops and laid-back nightlife in this traditional fishing village. Family facilities abound here, and there are plenty of quiet spots for a romantic couples’ break on this part of Spain’s Sunshine Coast too.BeachesEstepona’s main draw for sun seekers is undoubtedly the sandy La Rada Beach. This 3km long stretch of paradise is the pride of the resort, and is kept sparkling clean throughout the year. With plenty of parking nearby, as well as lifeguards, playgrounds and places to eat and drink, this beach is perfect for some fun in the sun. You can also check out the sheltered cove of Del Cristo Beach for an even more family-centric seaside experience.Food & DrinkOld Town Estepona is a treasure trove of tapas bars - follow your nose down a cobbled street and you’ll more often than not be rewarded with a hidden gem. On the menu are Spanish staples such as manchego cheese, albondigas (meatballs) and Iberico ham. If you prefer dinner with a view, head to a chiringuito for laid-back beachside dining. At the bar, order like a local and ask for a cerveza (beer) or tinto de verano (red wine sweetened with lemonade).CultureSocial wining and dining is a big part of the local lifestyle in Estepona. The phrase ‘no pasa nada’ is also a cultural essential here. It means ‘no worries’ or ‘take it easy’ – this Spanish equivalent to hakuna matata is the unofficial motto of Estepona.NightlifeFrom live music venues to vibrant bars, Estepona after dark has a laid-back, fun vibe. Head into the town if you’re looking to party like the locals, or pick a beachside venue for the International clubbing scene. By the marina you’ll find La Pepa, 11&11 and more, where you can dance until the sun comes up.Important InformationFlight Time: 3hrsTime Difference: +1hrCurrency: EuroOfficial Language: SpanishVaccinationsPlease check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.VisaBritish Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Estepona. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.
Expect warm summers and mild winters in Estepona – average temperatures range from 23°C in August to 13°C in January. Seawater temperatures reach a balmy average of 23°C in August too, perfect for a summery swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Visiting outside of peak season is always an option too; in May and June the thermometer will usually stay around the respectable 18°C mark.
Things To Do on Estepona Holidays
Mural Spotting Wind your way through the suburban streets of Estepona and see how much local colour you can spot. Literal local colour that is – the town has dozens of murals painted on the side of its traditional whitewashed buildings. Whether you pick up a route map from a tourist information point or stumble across them by chance, these giant works of art are a great way to discover a side to Estepona that you might otherwise miss.OrchidariumThe modern glass dome of Estepona’s botanical garden offers a striking contrast to the surrounding white buildings, although it’s certainly an attractive addition to the town’s architecture. This well-kept Orchidarium (think aquarium for flowers instead of fish) offers a pretty display of delicate orchids set amidst waterfalls and lush greenery.Beachfront PromenadeWhether you want to take the scenic route to the beach or take in the sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Paseo Maritimo is well worth a visit. This paved walkway runs along the stunning La Rada Beach and offers playgrounds for children, well-placed benches and lovingly-tended flowerbeds.Plaza Doctor Arce If you’re looking for a relaxed lunch or a place to watch the world go by, make your way to Plaza Doctor Arce. This town square is ridiculously picturesque, fringed with orange trees and dotted with fountains. You’ll find reasonably-priced cafés, cake shops and bars here, along with great people-watching spots.