You Must Visit This Costa del Sol Gem – Estepona

Estepona is a little gem on the west end of Costa del Sol, in southern Spain.  It is located in the province of Málaga, which is part of the autonomous community of Andalusia and just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Almuñécar.  With a population of about 67,000, it is full of traditional Spanish flare along with modern conveniences and spectacular beaches.  It is an excellent choice for a visit.  You will love the gorgeous beaches, a modern sports marina with several tapas bars, shops and restaurant, all around a white-walled town center with flower lined streets and picturesque squares.
Estepona Spain - December 2013 Oranges

Playas y Promenades (Beaches and Boardwalks)

Playa del Cristo is at the west end of town near Puerto Estepona.  It is a small cove with lifeguards on station and also two “chiringuitos” or beach front bar/restaurants.  There are several restaurants and tapas bars at the port and surrounding neighborhood.  We loved the tapas at Antonio’s.  With excellent customer service, good food and great prices, you should check it out.  Just at the end of the port parking lot is a large dirt lot where RV’s seem to camp out.  There is a small dirt road that leads just beyond that dirt lot to Playa del Cristo.

Estepona Spain - December 2013 Playa del CristoEstepona Spain - December 2013 Playa del Cristo

Estepona Spain – December 2013 Playa del Cristo

La Rada Beach begins on the east side of Puerto Estepona (Marina).  You have great views of Gibraltar from the lighthouse at the end of the beach and you can enjoy over 1.5 km of promenade, lined with benches, parks, playgrounds and restaurants.  About half-way down the promenade is the heart of Estepona’s Old Town.  The sand is powder soft and there seem to be bicycle paths all over town.

Estepona Spain - December 2013 Playa La Rada

Estepona Spain – December 2013 Playa La Rada

From what we have heard, there is also the popular naturist (nudist) beach of Costa Natura to the west of Estepona, which was the first official naturist site in Spain.  We didn’t check out this beach, but the area seems to have several upscale urbanizations (housing developments).  Do you remember our Naturist experiment?  Check out our experience going to the nude beach in Spain, Alan’s thoughts and Heidi’s thoughts.

Our Costa de Sol Excitement!

Okay, we will now reveal to you what absolutely excited us the most during our week in Estepona, along the beautiful Costa del Sol in Southern Spain….

Are you ready?

We found a small grocery store open on Sunday!  And the over-the-top excitement hit us when we found another small store open nightly until 2 am!  That is unheard of in Costa Tropical.

Alan and I both had a good laugh when we realized these little things made us so happy.  We wanted to go to the store late, just because it was open, even if we didn’t need to buy anything.  I guess there are some real perks to being in the more touristy and popular area of Costa del Sol.  We do love our town in Costa Tropical, but some of those modern conveniences would be nice.

Estepona Spain - December 2013

Estepona Spain – December 2013


Estepona’s Old Town

Estepona Spain - December 2013 Costa del Sol

Estepona Spain – December 2013 Costa del Sol

We were pleasantly surprised meandering around Estepona’s old town.  We spent a couple of hours just finding our way through the maze of flower lined streets.  Along the main street, Christmas music was booming from speakers everywhere we walked.  The people were extremely friendly and it all felt very typical Spanish.  We weren’t expecting this, as we were under the impression that Costa del Sol was more commercialized.  This was a real treat and I just couldn’t stop taking photos.  We will share the full gallery with you below.

Organized Tours

There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour.  There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.  Click here to see their latest Malaga Deals!

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Estepona Spain – The West End of Costa del Sol

8 thoughts on “You Must Visit This Costa del Sol Gem – Estepona

  1. Oh that’s so pretty! I haven’t been down there, only to Catalonia (loved it!) but it’s on the list for next year. I could handle just hanging out over there and filling my face with amazing food for a while 🙂

  2. I really love the promenades that are typical of that area… makes it so nice to have a ramble anytime. California could learn something from them!!

    Looks like a gorgeous place to stay. Love where you are in Spain. Jealous!!

    • Hi Anne, You are so right about California learning a lesson. I am from San Francisco / Oakland originally and the closest thing there was out at Ocean Beach or around Fisherman’s Wharf. I lived in San Diego for a while too and it just wasn’t the same as Spain. In Spain the promenade is meant to be used for social time. Love it! Thanks for stopping by.

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