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Estepona - Calm as the sea

29680 Estepona City center: 4.2 km
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29680 Estepona City center: 12.1 km
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29680 Estepona City center: 10.3 km
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29680 Estepona City center: 7.3 km
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29680 Estepona City center: 12.7 km
Dbl. from 95.62EUR
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29680 Estepona City center: 10 km
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29680 Estepona City center: 4.9 km
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29680 Estepona City center: 9 km
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29688 Estepona City center: 7 km
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It may be situated on the infamous Costa del Sol, but Estepona does not attract the raucous crowds that you may find in the likes of Malaga or Marbella. This is a relatively calm fishing centre with traditional Moorish and Mediterranean architecture, which just so happens to have 21 km of golden, sandy beaches. The town’s unique positioning between the Sierra Bermeja mountains and the coastline means that it has an enviable microclimate, which averages at least 325 days of sunshine per year. The peaceful atmosphere, sunny climate and lengthy beaches has made Estepona particularly popular with retired expats, Spanish weekenders and older expats who keep the local economy ticking over during the warmer months.

Location: Estepona–the sunny centre of the sunshine coast

Estepona’s south-facing location has left it open to piracy attacks and Moorish invasions in the past, and the town was once a defensive citadel as well as a busy port. The port and marina are still in action today, but much of Estepona’s trade and tourism comes via the nearby city of Malaga, just 90 km to the east along the coastal road.

Business: Andalusian fishing life

Although tourism has played a huge role in Estepona’s economy in recent years, the fishing industry deserves a particular mention. As Andalusia has become more popular with holidaymakers and expats, the region has lost much of its old character and traditions. But in Estepona, these old customs die hard, and the fishing industry is still alive and kicking. Get down to the port for the daily fish auctions to witness a key part of old Andalusian life.

Culture: Watch and learn

Like many coastal Spanish towns, Estepona was targeted by pirates and Moorish settlers at various points in its history. The old mosque no longer exists, but the crumbling clock tower on the sea-edge of the town pays homage to the days of Moorish occupation. For a taste of more recent Spanish culture, pay a visit to the original bullring where bullfights are still occasionally staged.

Activities: Enjoying the sea life

The waters of the Alboran Sea may feel chilly at first, but you will soon get used to the temperature. Estepona boasts two Blue Flag beaches and in the summer months, it is almost impossible to spend more than ten minutes on the sand before you start craving a cooling dip in the sea. Look out for local dive shops, surf shops and water sports outlets to really make the most of your time on the coast.