On the western Costa del Sol we find the seaside town of Estepona, which lies protected between the mountain range of Sierra Bermeja and the Mediterranean Sea.
The blue flag beaches and the beautiful marina offer a wide range of water sport and nautical activities. The mountain ranges of Sierra Bermeja are a declared natural reserve and allow fantastic views over the Mediterranean coast, Gibraltar and the African coast.
The town itself has maintained more its village character than other tourist resorts along the Costa del Sol and in the historic centre we can find monuments such as the parish church of Virgen de los Remedios, the clock tower and the ruined walls of the 15th century castle.
Close by there are the Selwo Theme Park, inspired in the African wildlife and suitable for all ages, and opposite the Kempinski Hotel there is the School of Equestrian art; just to mention two examples of recreational activities Estepona has to offer.
Selwo is a pioneering Nature Park and unique in Europe. Here you can live a real adventure surrounded by nature, with more than 100 hectares full of contrasts, where animals of the five continents coexist in semi wild conditions.
Autovía Costa del Sol, km. 162.5 – Las Lomas del Monte – 29680 Estepona
Tel. 952 79 21 50
Open every day 10.00 – 17.30.
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Estepona coastline extends over more than 20 km of sandy beaches with different grades of popularity and affluence in the respective areas.
Rada beach is the urban beach of Estepona with a total length of 2.5 km. It is equipped with many facilities and close by beach bars and restaurants. This beach is due to its closeness to the town centre the most popular beach throughout the year.
Costa Natura is situated about 3 km from Estepona, on the National road Cádiz- Málaga 340, km 151. This coastline was the first authorized nudist beach on the Costa el Sol.
Cristo’s Beach, or “La Playa del Cristo”, forms a charming natural cove with shallow waters, which makes it ideal for small children. The beach is relatively small and gets very crowded in summer due to its great popularity. Equipped with car parking and two beach bars.
The beaches of La Galera and Bahía Dorada are about 6 km from Estepona in direction of Casares, on the national road N-340. These two beaches differ from the rest by rocky areas and cliffs that give the coastal area a special charm.
Estepona´s history regarded the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Arabs. The latter, who settled in this region the longest, left us numerous vestiges of which very few have unfortunately been saved.
The town was captured from the Arabs during the hostilities ordered by King Henry IV of Castilla in the year 1456. It is from this moment on that the history of Estepona as it is known today began, with the very same King Henry ordering the reconstruction of the castle at the request of his intimate friend and advisor, Don Fernández Pacheco, the Marquis of Villena.
In the absence of the Catholic Kings, during the reign of Doña Juana La Loca, or “Mad Jane”, the village remained under the jurisdiction of Marbella.
With more than 600 inhabitants, Estepona obtained its complete and unrestrained independence under King PhiIlip V, “In perpetuity and for always without end in all manner of civil and criminal matters of the first instance within the town and its municipal district”, as is recorded literally in the town Charter signed by the King himself in Seville on the 21 April 1729 and which is kept in the town archives.
From this moment on its development began in earnest using its own natural resources, the sea (fishing) and the countryside (crops), until today and the beginning of the tourist phenomenon.
Will gather a collection of objects used in farming and fishing, as well as other tools and implements not necessarily used for productive work but which are helpful in making us understand our predecessors’ way of life a little better.
Designed by the architect Juan de Mora Urbano, it was inaugurated in 1972. Its special design and elliptical, asymmetrical shape make it unique.
Great afternoons of scarlet-red and gold. In addition, sometimes the bullring acts as the venue for musical events of all sorts.
Tel. 280 57 09
Monday to Friday from 11.00 to 14.00 / 17.30 to 20.30
Saturday & Sunday 11.00 to 14.00