Spain Guide


Estepona Nightlife

Estepona may not rival its coastal neighbour Puerto Banus when it comes to a glitzy nightlife but there's plenty of partying here, especially in the summer months. You'll find everything from karaoke and all night clubs to Celtic music and flamenco dancing.

The town's nightlife is concentrated in the port area and within the back streets of the old quarter.

Before you hit the clubs, try some of the music bars and restaurants which stay open until the small hours.

One of the most famous restaurants in Estepona (but not the cheapest) is Robbie's in Calle Jubrique. Marilyn Monroe provides the theme, the food is excellent and past diners have included Antonio Banderas, Michael Parkinson and Cilla Black.

For something a bit different, head into the mountains a short way to the village of Benahavis, on the fringe of Estepona's boundaries. This mountain retreat is well known as a gourmet's paradise eat excellent food at any one of the dozens of restaurants here while marvelling at the spectacular mountain scenery around you.

The old town's back streets are littered with bars and clubs, particularly in and around the Plaza de los Flores (Flower Square). The square, with its attractive fountain and gardens, is the equivalent of Marbella's famous Orange Square in terms of being the place to mingle and meet new people.


Late night music bars in the old town include Melodie Cool in Calle Real, a favourite with the young and trendy who "warm up" here before heading off to the all night clubs. La Bulla in Avenida España, Bar 97 in Calle Caridad, Bar Kronen and Bar Tolones in Calle Real are all popular watering holes where the young gather on hot summer nights.

There are several clubs in the town including Nigara in Calle Juan Carlos II and Milonga, a smaller disco in Calle Caridad which stays open till 6am.

For country and western music and line dancing head for Sharky's Beach Shack on the seafront.

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Down at the marina you'll find the quayside bars and clubs heaving all night long in high season. Renaldo's, at the entrance to the port, is one of the most popular meeting places favoured by Spanish visitors and foreign tourists alike. Several bars have karaoke evenings, one of the most popular being the Christopher Columbus (named after the great adventurer who started his journey to the New World from the nearby Palos de la Frontera). Chico Diez and XL pub are two of the most "happening" places to be in the marina, both firm favourites with young trendies.

For somewhere a bit quieter try the Attico where you get a good range of music and great views of the harbour from the terrace. Entrance to many of the clubs is free but expect drinks to be over priced.and although casual dress is the norm, some clubs ban trainers.

In Benavista, to the west of the town, there's some excellent meat and fish restaurants, numerous karaoke bars, the popular Robin Hood pub and the Exotis disco. Rory's Bar serves up Celtic music and Guinness whilst Los Arcos is the place to go for exotic cocktails.

If you're visiting Estepona in July you'll be able to join in the week long summer fair, a big Spanish fiesta with round the clock music and dancing in the streets. On June 23rd there's the San Juan fiesta when bonfires are lit on the beach, the chiringuitos (beach bars) serve the traditional char grilled sardines and the Spanish take to the sea at midnight to cleanse their souls (be wary of trying to cleanse yours after too much sangria!)

On the evening of July 16th you'll be able to watch the traditional Virgen del Carmen procession which sees an effigy of the virgin taken from the chapel in the fishermen's quarter out to sea, followed by a flotilla of small boats.