8 Best Things To Do In Estepona, Spain

best things to do in estepona

Known locally as the “Garden of the Costa del Sol,” Estepona is a typically Spanish seaside resort in Andalusia, southern Spain. Quieter than many of the coastal resorts, the town is located 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Malaga and is 33 km (20 mi) past Marbella on the AP-7 coastal highway. Its location makes it a perfect jump off point for a day trip to the English territory of Gibraltar, 48 km (30 mi) away. With its 21 km (13 mi) of coastline, Estepona offers some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol, along with a working fishing port and leisure marina. The town itself is a mixture of the quaint and original fishing village, surrounded by more modern construction, with apartment blocks and shopping facilities. The following are eight of the best places to go and things to do in this pretty town, to get the best of your Costa del Sol holiday.

1. Historical Centre of Estepona

Street in Estepona, Andalucia, Spain
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jilles Dissel used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Estepona started out as a traditional Spanish fishing village and the historical centre is pretty much intact today. The narrow roads wind between attractive, white painted homes, with balconies typically decorated with geraniums and bougainvilleas and the sound of caged song birds. Dotted around the historical centre are small tapas and coffee bars, perfect for relaxing and catching your breath. However, some of the streets are relatively steep, so make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes when exploring the area. The Estepona bull ring is of interest to visit in the historical centre, as is the Plaza de las Flores, the main town square. Certain streets closer to the beach, including Calle Real, offer a range of cafés, shops and souvenir outlets, as well as branches of the popular Spanish banks.

Estepona Historical Centre

Address: 29680, Estepona, Málaga

Duration: around 2 hours required

2. Casa de las Tejerinas

Plaza de las Flores, Estepona 01
Source: Photo by user Tyk used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Located in the Plaza del Flores, the House of Tejerinas is named for the sisters who originally owned the building, Carmen and Francisco Tejerina, who donated their home as a charity hospital for the poor. In 1970, the building became the “Casa de Cultura” or House of Culture, but these days the building hosts the Estepona tourist office. The attractive 18th-century building is definitely worth a visit to see the Garó Art Collection on display. On the ground floor is a typical Andalusian patio surrounded by columns and on the upper floor, visitors can enjoy the view from a lookout tower.

Casa de las Tejerinas

Address: Plaza de las Flores, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Opening Hours: 9am - 1.30pm and 6pm - 8pm

Duration: around 1 hour required

Contact: +34 952809000

Website: Casa de las Tejerinas

3. Estepona Marina

Puerto de Estepona
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user __Lolo__ used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Built on the original working fishing harbor, Estepona Marina is a lively place to visit, with several tapas bars, restaurants and bars. Share a tasty paella or a plate loaded with the freshest catch of the day or enjoy a glass or two in the local bars, while gazing at the gorgeous yachts moored close by. The young at heart can enjoy a night out at the discos and nightclubs on site. The marina is also home to the regular Sunday market with a variety of goods on sale, including clothing and leather goods, music CDs and decorative items. For those who love the sea, deep sea fishing and sailing trips are available from the marina on a daily basis, as are all the popular water sports.

Estepona Marina

Address: Av. Luis Braille 23, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +34 952801800

Website: Port of Estepona

4. Beach Promenade in Estepona

Malaga & Estepona
Source: Photo by user Jay Cross used under CC BY 2.0

With around 21 kms (13 mi) of clean, well-kept beaches, Estepona is a dream for seaside enthusiasts. However, the most prominent beach runs along the front of the town itself, with an attractive promenade and views to the Rock of Gibraltar. The promenade runs for 2.6 km (1.6 mi) along La Rada Beach, covering the entire seafront length of the town. Dotted with pretty flower beds and trees, there are plenty of shaded benches to catch your breath during your seaside stroll. The beach has disabled access and two underground car parks are located close by for convenience. All along the promenade beach, chiringuitos (beach bars) and restaurants offer a range of fresh fish and seafood dishes, as well as international cuisine. There are also children’s playgrounds dotted along the coastline. If you start from the centre of town, you will end your walk at the Estepona Marina, where you can enjoy a sailing trip or an excellent meal.

Estepona Beach Promenade

Address: Paseo Maritimo Pedro Manrique, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Website: Estepona Tourism

5. Parque Botánico Orquidario (Orchid house)

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Turista Inglesa used under CC BY-SA 4.0

As part of its “Garden of the Costa del Sol” persona, Estepona has recently opened the impressive Parque Botánico Orquidario, a botanic garden containing more than 8,000 species of orchids of all different hues. Set in an attractive, avant-garde building, the orchid house features a 17-meter (55 foot) high waterfall, with a range of vertical gardens holding the colorful orchids at different levels.

Orquidario de Estepona

Address: C/ Terraza 86 , 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Price: Free entry for the first months, but please note this will change

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday: 11.00am - 2.00pm and 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Friday and Saturday: 11.00am - 2.00pm and 6.00pm - 11.00pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Website: Parque Botánico Orquidario

6. Ruta de Murales Artisticos (Route of the Artistic Murals)

Typical street in Estepona Historical Centre
Source: Pixabay

Spread out across Estepona, you can enjoy a range of giant murals by several different artists, painted directly on to the façades of buildings in different neighborhoods of the town. Each painting is original, and all are of high quality – definitely not your usual, every day street art. The murals also make the town more attractive for both residents and visitors to Estepona. This is an outdoor art gallery, guaranteeing a pleasant and colorful walk.

Ruta de Murales Artisticos

Website: Ruta de Murales Artisticos

7. Museo Arqueologico de Estepona (Archaeological Museum)

Roman artifact
Source: Pixabay

This fascinating museum is located in Estepona’s Historical Centre and houses exhibits relating to the first settlers in Estepona. One of these exhibits is a 5,000 year old female figurine, known as the “Venus of Estepona.” The museum also displays many objects dating from Roman times, collected from ruins of villas and ancient Roman shipwrecks along the coastline. More recent historic items are also on display in the museum.

Museo Arqueologico de Estepona

Address: Plaza Blas Infante, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Duration: around 2 hours required

Contact: +34 952801100

Website: Museo Arqueologico de Estepona

8. Selwo Aventura (Safari Park), Estepona

Equus quagga antiquorum at Selwo Adventure Park
Source: Photo by user James Hackner~com... used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Enjoy a safari adventure right here on the Costa del Sol in Spain at Selwo Aventura. The park is home to more than 2,000 animals from all over the world, living and thriving in natural habitats. You will see elephants, giraffes, Bengal tigers, lions, white rhinoceros and more. The park also offers various adventure activities including camel rides, the longest zip wire in Europe and the Path of the Hanging Bridges.

Selwo Aventura

Address: Avenue Parque Selwo s/n, A7 highway km 162,5, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Price: from 16.90 EUR (18 USD)

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +34 952577773

Website: Selwo Aventura

Enjoy your visit to Estepona on the Costa del Sol in Spain

The above is just a taste of what is on offer in this pretty seaside town. Make a point to visit Estepona on your next trip to the Costa del Sol. Have fun!

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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