Kempinski Blog Article
The Costa del Sol is one of Europe's most popular destinations for sun, sea and sand, and while large stretches of the coast are known for being popular tourist destinations, there are still lots of places to be found where the character and charm of the area still shine through. One of these is Estepona, the region's most westerly resort.
The resort town of Estepona is 90 km west of Malaga and just 33km outside of Marbella. The weather is sunny for most of the year, with temperatures being mild in winter, around 18°C, and hot in summer, reaching upwards of 30°C.
Estepona still has all of the big beaches, palm-lined promenades and marina-side cafes like other destinations on the Costa del Sol, however the town has an atmosphere that is unique, particularly in its old town. Here, quiet cobbled streets, bright and colourful shopping boulevards and characterful independent restaurants and bars all wait to be explored – perfect for lazy afternoons in the sunshine.
Then there is the town's pretty marina that regularly hosts lively markets, beautiful plazas and beaches that run along 21 km of coastline, and visitors arriving at the right time can participate in a number of exceptional fiestas – held in mid-May, the first week of June and mid-July each year.
The Best Things To Do in Estepona
Estepona offers visitors a wide range of sights and experiences – here are some of the most unmissable places to see and things to do.
Estepona Old Town (Centro Historico)
The historic heart of Estepona, in the old town travellers can wander through quaint avenues decorated with fountains and floral arrangements. Many of the location's best bars and restaurants are found here, making it easy to spend a long day in this quintessentially Spanish place.
Running every Sunday at the town's harbour, the busy market is a must-visit for anyone who wants to sample local arts, crafts, food and drink. Sourced from across the region, it is the best place to pick up a souvenir or a light bite to eat.
Palaeontology Museum of Estepona
World famous and featuring an enormous number and variety of fossils stretching back millions of years, the Palaeontology Museum of Estepona is truly amazing. View displays documenting the complete evolutionary record of Mediterranean sea creatures and dinosaurs of all varieties.
The Church Of Nuestra Senora De Los Remedios
With a steeple that can be seen from across Estepona Old Town, the church of Our Lady of Redemption is a beautiful example of a Catholic place of worship. Built in the 18th century, this ex-Franciscan monastery is an architectural gem, with an intricate interior that is sure to impress.
A visit to Estepona’s orchid house and botanical garden is a delight in all seasons, with over 1,300 species of orchids, it is the largest collection in Europe. Enjoy wandering through its jungle-like interior, and keep a look out for some of the rare species of flowers housed here. The highlight is the spectacular giant waterfall inside the tallest glass dome.
Just a short drive from Estepona is Selwo Aventura, a huge animal park that is home to over 2,000 creatures. Suitable for both adults and children, visitors can see elephants, white rhinos, giraffes and lions here. There is also a petting zoo, camel rides and Europe’s longest zip-line for hours of fun!
Plaza De Las Fores De Estepona
Truly living up to its name, the Plaza of the Flowers of Estepona is a beautiful, blooming sight. Best seen on a bright sunny day when the displays' colours are most vibrant, it is the perfect place to sit and order a coffee from one of the Plaza's cafes, and watch people pass by in the sun.
Ruta de Murales Artisticos
Since 2012, local artists have been invited to paint murals onto blank walls of buildings in a bid to revitalise the city’s neighbourhoods. The resulting images, some of which are over 80m high, are truly stunning. Visitors can walk the art trail to see these murals in around 1-2 hours, the tourism office has a map showing all the locations.
La Rada Beach
One of Estepona’s best beaches, La Rada is a 2.5km sandy beach with blue flag status, lined with welcoming restaurants and cafes. The beach is within walking distance of the town and is suitable for all visitors.
How To Get To Estepona And Getting Around Estepona
Located on the Costa del Sol, the town is easily accessible by air and road. If you are flying in, the city is located 50 minutes' drive from Malaga Airport along the MA21 and MA20 motorways, Gibraltar Airport is 35 minutes' away, while Granada Airport is a two-hour motorway drive from the town.
If you haven't booked a transfer service, taxis are available from all of the above airports – prices are displayed and fixed, but in lots of cases it is cheaper to hire a car, given that the average cost of a taxi from Malaga Airport to Estepona is around €85. Buses are also available from nearby towns, cities and the above airports.
Getting around the town itself is similarly easy – shuttle buses, local bus services and taxis are all available, and taking a leisurely stroll is always a great option.
What And Where To Eat in Estepona
If you love Spanish food, Estepona should be high on your list of Southern Spanish destinations to visit, with there being a range of great places to eat in the town.
For a delicious lunch of tapas, nothing beats the dishes served by La Casa Del Rey. Served with a glass from the restaurant's extensive wine selection, the tapas offered here is some of the best, tasting even better when eaten outside the restaurant in the pretty adjacent courtyard.
For a more substantial meal, Taberna Miguel serves up fine Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines, while delicious Italian dishes can be found at El Rincon Toscano – where portions sizes are very generous! If you are looking for Asian flavours with a twist, Felix Brasserie and Restaurante Aba are both good choices, serving a range of dishes packed full of flavour.
For guests of Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Baltazar Bar and Grill specialises in grilled food and local delicacies. The seafood paella, lobster riche and grilled tuna belly must be tried!
Where to Stay In Estepona
When it comes to luxury accommodation, stay at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. Here guests can enjoy the best the Costa del Sol has to offer, alongside a dedicated spa, three outdoor pools, a range of restaurants, links to nearby golf courses, and more – the perfect place to enjoy the famous Spanish sunshine.
For more information on the hotel or Estepona more generally, please contact us.