Costa del Sol
Estepona has grown from a fishing port into a stylish resort while keeping some of its authentic roots. Late night clubbers enjoying the many nightspots might overlap with the fishermen who still land their catch in the early morning. When you go on an Estepona villa holiday, you can enjoy the feel of a pueblo (village) with the street markets and have the advantage of excellent shopping in the boutiques. The chiringuitos (beach bars) are much the same as they ever were, but the restaurants serve rather more sophisticated dishes these days. The beaches are a real draw with so many to choose from and a wide range of water sports for you to try. Besides all of this, the excellent climate in the Costa del Sol makes Estepona a great destination for a villa holiday.
While on an Estepona villa holiday, you can join the locals at the daily ‘Mercado de Abastos’ market to buy fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. The Wednesday street market offers fruit, vegetables, flowers and clothes while the Sunday market is mainly clothes, and souvenirs. Around Estepona, you’ll find plenty of mini markets and supermarkets to keep your villa stocked up. Several of our villas are close to San Pedro de Alcantara where Thursday is market day with plenty of produce stalls as well as olive oil, herbs and spices - great if you are cooking at your villa. To indulge in some real retail therapy, the commercial plaza of La Canada is 35 minutes' drive away.
From beachside chiringuritos where you can get a quick snack and drink to Argentinian steakhouses and sushi bars, Estepona has somewhere for everyone. Take a stroll through the Old Town and find a table outside a flower covered Spanish restaurant for a taste of local cuisine or sit by the harbour and try the fresh fish. As the sun sets, join the party with a cocktail or find one of the live music bars.
For the Estepona villas which are closer to San Pedro de Alcantara, there are a few chiringuitos (beach bars) who specialise in freshly grilled seafood. At dusk, the cocktail crowd arrives, and the fun begins. Away from the beach, the central plaza and surrounding streets are packed with pavement cafes and bars.
Estepona and the surrounding coastline have so many beaches including several with Blue Flag status. The largest, at almost 2 miles long, is Playa La Rada which has a great location near the town centre. A promenade with cafes runs the length of the beach and there is no shortage of sunbeds and parasols for hire. A smaller Blue Flag beach, Playa del Cristo, sits in a small, sheltered cove to the west of the marina. Families love it because its sand slopes very gently into warm shallow water making it quite safe for children.
Several of our villas are close to El Saladillo beach, a long stretch lined with a few beach bars plus sunbeds and parasols for hire. You can also rent boats here if you want to explore the coastline.
You’ll find plenty of watersports to try at the beaches. For a different day out, try Selwo Safari Park in Estepona, only a 10 minute drive from our villas. It’s a little different to many safari parks as you can view the animals from rope bridges. There are also ziplines and trampolines. Aquamijas waterpark is around a 45 minute drive away for a great family day out. Bahia waterpark is just outside the city of Algeciras, a 45 minute drive along the coast, with plenty of slides to suit everyone.
Gardeners and plant lovers will appreciate a visit to the Orchidarium in Estepona, a dedicated collection of over 1000 species of orchid from around the world displayed in an elegant glasshouse. One of the typical features of the Costa del Sol is the ‘’White villages’ or ‘Pueblo Blancos’. Two of our favourite are Genalguacil and Jubrique which lie in the hills about an hour north of Estepona. You can explore their streets where the houses are decorated with flowers before trying some tapas in a local bar.
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