The lovely coastal town of Estepona has a very bright future and it offers a lot to tourists and residents alike.
It has a wonderful mix of beautiful coastline and traditional charm that make it irresistible! The area currently has a population of around 37,000 and is growing more and more popular every year. Estepona retains all its original style as well as offering all the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a modern European town.
Estepona is a very fashionable place for Spaniards and other nationalities to buy property – whether it is for holidays, investment or to live in the Costa Del Sol permanently. The area is particularly popular with British and northern European buyers and has proved an excellent area for investment over the years.
Although Estepona is slightly more low-key than the neighbouring towns of Puerto Banus and Marbella, it has an abundance of Andalucían charm and a wealth of interesting things to do and places to go.
If you just want to relax and take life easy then you have a choice of 21 kilometres of wonderful beaches as well as a pretty port area lined with interesting shops and lovely restaurants. Estepona has four beaches. La Rada beach is the most popular, possibly because of its location as it is the closest part of beach to the town centre. It is 2.6km long and there are many beach bars running along the length of it, perfect for when the heat of the midday sun gets a little too much! Estepona´s Paseo Maritimo (or seafront promenade) runs along the entire length of La Rada and it acts as a natural buffer zone between the beach and the town centre. The promenade is beautifully landscaped and makes an ideal spot for an evening stroll.
El Cristo beach is situated just on the outskirts of the town in a sheltered cove. There are a few beach bars on that beach too, a couple of them are newly opened and play music throughout the summer months giving this beach a great atmosphere. It gets very busy during summer so get down there early to grab the best spot.
If a quiet place to read your book is what you are looking for when in Estepona then Playa del Castor or Rio Castor to the West of Estepona will be more to your taste. As this part of the coast is a little quieter, you need to remember to take something to eat and drink as well as your book. There are not quite so many tourist services available at this end of the beach.
The El Padron beach is located close to the big Kempinski Hotel, which is just outside Estepona. You will pass the hotel on your left hand side if you are travelling into Estepona from Marbella. El Padron beach has a large car park area and there are two large beach bars which are both very popular.
The fourth beach in Estepona is a bit different from the others as it is Spain’s very first purpose-built naturist complex. This is a member’s only complex but temporary memberships can be obtained for holiday makers and for those who are perhaps just a little curious!
If you are looking to do something a little more cultural rather than just lounging on the beach or sipping coffees in the square, then you won’t be disappointed. Estepona certainly has more than its fair share of museums. There are four in total and they are all conveniently located in the bullring.
You can visit the museums between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, all year round. There is a Bullfighting Museum, a Local Museum, a Palaeontology Museum (museum of fossils) and also an Archaeological Museum. All of these museums are free of charge which is an added bonus. Culture vultures will also enjoy a trip to the nearby town of Manilva, which is famous for its Roman Baths, where Julius Caesar is reputed to have bathed. There is also a Roman aqueduct in the town and a variety of other interesting historical remains.
If you enjoy a spot of shopping then both the port and the town centre at Estepona are great places to shop. There are numerous markets and between them all you can buy pretty much anything you like. There is a tourist market at the port on Sunday mornings until around 2pm. Here you can purchase gifts, leather goods, watches, jewellery, various clothes items, arts and music etc. The town market takes place on Wednesday morning on the fairground close to exit 155 on the A7 /N340. Here you can pick up the weekly fruit and veg, herbs and spices, flowers and plants, household goods and clothes. There is also a very good daily market which takes place in the town centre close to Calle Real. This sells fish and meat, and fruit and vegetables. This is an indoor market and although it is daily, it is only open in the mornings.
Estepona also has a large industrial estate where you will find car repair shops, wood and DIY sales, furniture outlets and other types of useful merchants. Alternatively, for some more unique buys, if you explore the many little streets around the centre of Estepona, there are some lovely little shops selling all types of things. In the same area, you will also find all the usual suspects such as Mango and quite a few other well known and popular chain stores.
Like many of the larger and well established towns, Estepona has a marina area which is home to many bars and restaurants. These are perfect for a spot of lunch and come alive with music and a younger crowd in the evenings, especially at weekends!
During the day if you head down to the west of the marina, you can actually watch as the fishermen land their catch. You cannot buy fish at the auction here but it is fun to watch the lively process take place as the local suppliers barter for the best fish.
Over the past few years Estepona has enjoyed a surge in interest both from Spaniards and from Northern Europeans who are looking for a place to relax or invest in. This new-found popularity is because it is a lovely place to live. The whole area offers an abundance of facilities, beautiful beaches, stunning mountain views and a laid-back and stress free approach to life. Estepona has all the benefits of first-class beach life without being marred by the overcrowding and commercial development of some of the other more famous resort areas along the coast and considered a wonderful place to buy property either as a holiday or permanent home or as an investment.
If you have been looking to buy or thinking about buying property in Estepona then the best thing for you to do is to speak to our team of experts who are very experienced in finding the right property for you and can explain the processes involved in buying Spanish property on the Costa Del Sol .
If you like the idea of buying property or thinking about buying property in or around the Estepona area then you will have an excellent and large choice of properties to view. At the moment there are many excellent front line beach apartments, and front line golf apartments, penthouses, townhouses and villas available in Estepona and the surrounding areas.
Estepona is an excellent place to buy property for a long term investment and has many wonderful golf courses close by. There are some excellent reduced property and bank repossession properties available for sale throughout the Estepona area, so whatever type of property you are looking to buy in Estepona or its surrounding area then Costa Del Sol Property Group will help you find it.