Estepona, Malaga


just a half hour’s drive from Marbella, Estepona is known for its beauty and unspoilt natural environment. It is blessed with an amazing variety of landscapes, spanning everything from the sierras to the sea. The beaches – some of the best on the Costa del Sol – are clean and unspoilt and there are over 325 days of sunshine per year. There is an attractive marina in the town with many tapas bars and high-end restaurants. The white-walled town centre has many shops and picturesque squares.

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Hotels, Bars and Restaurants in Estepona, Malaga

There is no shortage of splendid hotels in Estepona for when your relatives or friends may want to come and visit you in your new home. Hotel Kempinski Bahia is a famous luxury hotel and boasts a health spa with 3 swimming pools, while Hotel Villa Padierna is a grand hotel designed with a classical look where celebrities often stay.

Estepona Restaurants

You can find top restaurants both in the town of Estepona and in the surrounding area. There are plenty of top-notch tapas bars lurking in the old town, where you’re sure to find the very best in authentic Spanish cuisine, as well as many traditional restaurants which serve up fresh fish dishes and paella.

Casa del Rey is right at the heart of Estepona’s old town, serving delicious tapas and divine wine in an indoor courtyard for lunch and dinner. Similarly, Esquina del Arte- a bodega also located in the old town – has perfected its wine and tapas menu, whereas Robbie’s, a cosier establishment frequented by Hollywood stars, focuses on a more original menu with locally sourced ingredients only.

Estepona Bars

If it’s just a drink you’re after then you can’t go wrong in Estepona. The bars in Estepona are everywhere from the town centre down to the port. Tolone and Bar Caleu are perfect places to mingle with the locals in town. The former is often very busy whereas the latter is more appropriate for early evening drinks. Down at the port there is a lot more choice, from lively O’Donaghue’s Irish Bar and trendy Flamenco bar El Duende, to the laid-back Reinaldo and even more laid-back Jazz Bar, there is something for everyone.

Estepona Beaches

Located at the far west end of the Costa del Sol and stretching some 21km of coastline, Estepona has an ample supply of fine beaches.

  • Galera Beach – A nice wide beach with a pedestrian promenade and chiringuito at the western end near Torre del Sal. Tends not to get too busy, even in the summer.
  • Bahia Dorada Beach – This pleasant beach is in front of the Bahia Dorada estate and fairly wide with a pedestrian promenade. On the headland is the old watchtower the Torre Vigia.
  • Arroyo Vaquero Beach – Lots of parking and space and a chiringuito. Access is via the Fuerte Hotel and the beach is where the Vaquero river reaches the sea.
  • Natura Beach – Naturists or nudist beach with a complex that is membership only (with temporary membership available). However, Natura Beach really is a continuation of the Arroyo Vaqueros beach: sunbeds and kiosks.
  • Guadalabon Beach is the sea front area near the river Guadalabon. The sections by the local hotels are wider but there are better beaches elsewhere in Estepona.
  • El Cristo beach is probably the most popular beach in Estepona. It can be found just to the west of the marina in a sheltered area with a couple of lively chiringuitos but can get very crowded in the summer. There are lifeguards, showers and toilets, but most notably El Cristo is a blue flag beach, meaning that it is officially ranked among the best kept beaches in Spain. There is plenty of parking available if arriving by car, but get there early in the summer.
Shopping in Estepona

There are plenty of shops in the town centre on Calle Real and Calle Terraza: everything you might expect from fashion, delicatessens, bakers and gift shops. Many designer brands have a store at the Laguna beach village shopping centre a few kilometres east of Estepona town centre and there is a market in the marina on Sunday morning with craft work, gifts and jewellery for sale.

There is also a flea market in the bullring on Sunday morning featuring crafts, collectibles, second hand items, collectables and another in Plaza ABC behind the Paseo Maritimo. On Wednesday there is a fruit, meat, fish and vegetable market on Avenida Puerta del Mar. There is a daily inside market near the castle and Plaza Reloj Mercado de Abastos.

Golf Courses in Estepona
International Schools Marbella

Mayfair Academy Mayfair is an international school based on the Costa del Sol providing primary and secondary education following the British curriculum. Based in Atalaya Park, they are well-located for Marbella and Estepona and offer education at reception, primary, secondary, and sixth form levels.