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Estepona Guide

Things to Do in Estepona

Estepona promenade © iStock

Estepona is a coastal destination that attracts many visitors all year round, with its cultural old town, leisure activities, lively port and as a town that has maintained its traditional Spanish charm in spite of the demands of the tourism industry. It's approximately 50 minutes drive from Malaga airport and 40 minutes from Gibraltar airport.

You can enjoy beautiful beaches on Estepona's coast, the most popular being La Rada, which is in the centre of twon. In summer, the beach 'chiringuitos' open their doors to those wanting a bite to eat whilst looking out to sea. On a clear day, you can spot Gibraltar and even northern Africa in the distance.

There is rarely a quiet moment in Estepona's main street, Calle Real, where cafes, churrerias (churros cafes), bars and restaurants are jam-packed throughout the day and night. You can spend your time strolling along this lively area or another favourite is the promenade, which is lined with stalls, activities and entertainment during the summer. For the best party atmosphere, head to the port where bars and clubs stay open until the morning and, in the centre of town, there is a large nightclub - 'Plato 68' - whose performers attract people from around the coast.

Shoppers can find a mixture of small boutiques and chain stores on Calle Real and Calle Terraza, though there are plenty of other options outside of the city centre, such as the large Carrefour near the motorway, El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus or La Cañada shopping centre in Marbella, which has a great selection of national and international retailers, food outlets, an Alcampo supermarket and an Apple store, which is the biggest in Spain.

For a dose of Spanish history, there is much to see in Estepona's delightful old town. Its traditional Spanish plazas, for instance, are numerable, the most popular being the Plaza de Flores, which is a focal point of the town. You can also see the Clock Tower, which dates back to 1473 making it the oldest religious building on the Costa del Sol. Other sites around Estepona include the impressive Bullring near the port, the lighthouse in the marina and the historical watchtowers.

Just out of central Estepona, and ideal for families, there is the popular Selwo Adventure Wildlife Park, or, for an eventful day trip, head to Gibraltar for the afternoon.

For more information on the options for car hire in Estepona with Espacar, please contact us via e-mail at or call 952 792 935.

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