About mid-way between Cadiz and Malaga
By the time we had finished our explorations of Cadiz (blue) and then driven the inland mountain route to the coast, emerging near Gibraltar, it was past 5 PM on Christmas Eve and falling dark by the time we located our accommodations in Estepona (pink). One of our main reasons for staying in Estepona was its proximity to the 'must-see' mountain village of Ronda, so our first full day was spent driving a short distance east before turning to climb over the the rugged mountain range to reach the village (as shown by the 'dead-end' orange road).
Similarly, Gibraltar is about the same distance away in the other direction (the small black blob of writing just to the east of Tarifa) if you want to check out this unique British outpost as well. Finally, on the morning of the departure of Sue's sister, we were up and away immediately after breakfast and had no problem delivering her to Malaga's international airport (located at the 'Torremolinos' marker) via the divided toll-highway that runs along this portion of the Mediterranean coast. Once we had said our farewells, we continued along the coast past Velez-Malaga where we made the small inland loop along the coastline to check out some 'white villages' on the mountain slopes before finally coming to rest at Nerja (blue) on the first of our two stop-overs there.
San Isidro Labrador, agricultural religious celebrations on the 15th May,.
Ferias y Fiestas mayores, annual town festival at the beginning/start of July.
Quema de los bigotes de San Juan, traditional night celebration of the 23rd June.
Virgen del Carmen, fishermen religious celebrations on the 16th July.
Exploring the old ruins
Estepona has been occupied by the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Moors (Arabs). It was the Moors who occupied Estepona and Andalucia the longest. There are very few vestiges of those times left, just fortifications, walls and watch towers. In 1456 Estepona was reclaimed by Spain from the moors and from this moment on the history of the town has been fully recorded.
Museums - Museos
There are several museums in town, all of them located in the same building. There is an archeologic museum, a paleontologic exhibition, an ethnological museum and a bullfight exposition too.
Hay algunos museos en la ciudad, todos ellos en el mismo edificio. Hay un museo arqueológico, otro paleontológico, un museo etnológico y un museo taurino.
Opening hours - Horario de apertura
Mondays to Fridays / Lunes a viernes: 9:00 - 15:00
Saturdays / Sábados: 10:00 - 14:00
With an overall population of 37,000, the 'old town', as it is known, is a bustling and atmospheric centre.
Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has succeeded in maintaining its pueblo charm and character, despite the onslaught of tourism. Notwithstanding, all the tourist facilities are here, including hotels, restaurants, leisure and cultural activities, and shops.
The flip side is that the numerous street cafes and tapas bars still serve traditional Spanish delicacies and the steep, cobbled, narrow streets seem more suited to horses than cars. You'll also find unusual shops and bodegas in Estepona, where you'd least expect them, all very inviting, very friendly - and very cheap!
The Estepona Marina is situated at the west end of the seafront promenade. This is a very pleasant place for a stroll and there are some magnificent boats moored here. There are also a wide variety of excellent bars and restaurants, open both midday and in the evening while younger revelers can enjoy the late night disco bars. There is a popular tourist market here on a Sunday morning.
After midnight (especially in the summer season) the port comes alive. Numerous night clubs and discos seem to materialise from nowhere. Most of them cater for the young and energetic. Visitors will be amazed to see the very young and the very old dancing the traditional Andalucían Sevillana well into the early (and not so early) hours of the morning. Renaldo's on the corner is a favourite meeting place, 'Chico Diez' is one of the liveliest and 'Attico' the place to be at the moment