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Estepona Spain

The town of Estepona is located on Spain's Costa del Sol in Andalucia. This once tiny fishing and farming community is at the quieter end of the Costa and has retained much of its pueblo charm. The town has managed to embrace modern tourism without surrendering its traditional Spanish character and appeal. It's the perfect location for a family holiday or for those wanting plenty to see and do without the mayhem of Torremolinos or Benidorm!

Estepona is 25 kilometres west of its glitzy neighbour Marbella and is within an hour's drive of Malaga International Airport. The Sierra Bermeja mountain range, rising to a peak of 1,449 metres, provides a magnificent backdrop to this relatively peaceful resort which is fast becoming a firm favourite with foreign visitors.

Parks, gardens, museums and monuments sit comfortably alongside all the trappings of modern tourism hotels, apartment blocks, a bustling marina, beach bars and clubs.

In the old quarter you'll be delighted by the steep, narrow, cobbled streets where you feel a horse and cart is more likely to overtake you than a car. Stop at a street cafe in the Plaza de las Flores (The Square of the Flowers) in the town centre or explore the tiny shops and bodegas which entice you into a web of back streets.

 

Most modern shops are in the centre of town on Calle Real and Calle Terraza. For fresh fruit and veg, or just for a fascinating glimpse into the world of a traditional Spanish housewife, visit the indoor market which opens each morning near the castle ruins.

Of course the main attraction for tourists are the beaches which are clean, well equipped and stretch for a total of 23 kilometres. There's the main sandy beach of La Rada in the centre of Estepona and a delightful sheltered cove, Playa El Cristo, to the west of the marina.

Estepona Marina is a hive of activity both during the day and at night when young revellers dance until the small hours in the many disco bars along the quayside.

The marina is at the western end of the seafront promenade and is a great place to stroll or just sit and people watch. It's divided into two parts, one for the working fishing vessels and the other for pleasure boats, including some truly magnificent yachts.

There are plentiful bars and restaurants here serving tapas and local Spanish dishes as well as international cuisine and the inevitable burgers and pizzas.

For entertainment, there's a good range of water sports, some excellent golf courses on your doorstep, a riding school and bull fighting (not for the faint hearted even though you'll only be spectating!).

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