Bullring - Plaza de toros
It was designed by the architect Juan de Mora Urbano and it was opened in 1972. Its particular design with an elliptic and asymmetric shape made it very unusual.
Fue diseñada por el arquitecto Juan de Mora Urbano, y fue inaugurada en 1972. Su diseño elíptico y forma asimétrica la hacen bastante original y única.
Royal Street - Calle Real
No doubt, it's the main shopping area in town: clothes, shoes, gifts, decoration... In addition you can find here more restaurants, bars and discos.
Sin duda es la principal zona comercial de la ciudad: ropa, zapatos, regalos, decoración... Además puedes encontrar más restaurantes, bares y discotecas.
Flowers' Square - Plaza de las Flores
It's a square where there are restaurants, ice cream parlours and the House of Culture. In fact it's the real social city centre which is really lively, specialy in summers.
Esta plaza tiene restaurantes, heladerías y la Casa de la Cultura. En realidad este es el centro social de la ciudad, el cual está muy vivo siempre, pero especialmente en verano.
Saint Louis Castle - Castillo de San Luis
They are remains of the castle the Catholic Kings built at the beginning of the 16th century to reinforce the city ramparts and promote its resettlement.
Son restos del castillo construido por orden de los Reyes Católicos a principios del siglo XVI, con el fin de reforzar las murallas de la villa y facilitar su repoblación
Clock tower - Torre del Reloj
Probably it was the minaret of a mosque on muslim times. Following the reconquest of the town by the Castilians, the mosque becames a church, and its tower was used as a belfry. In the 18th century a neoclasic dome was added to it, and the tower was decorated with garlands, volutes and high reliefs representing an ox skull. Currently there is a school next to the tower.
El origen de la torre es árabe, periodo durante el cual probablemente fue alminar de una mezquita. Tras la reconquista de la villa por los castellanos, la mezquita pasa a ser Iglesia, con la torre como campanario. En el siglo XVIII se añade una cúpula de estilo neoclásico, decorada con guirnaldas, volutas y alto relieves representando el cráneo de un buey. Actualmente hay un colegio junto a la torre.
Marina - Puerto deportivo
Only 5 minutes away from the town center, the marina is a beautiful urban complex with an lovely touch. To stroll round the area is a real delight, feeling the sea air, enjoying the view, the boats... There are many good (and expensive) international restaurants available in the marina and also the more crowded discos.
El puerto está situado a sólo 5 minutos del centro de la ciudad. Ofrece un precioso conjunto urbano para dar un buen paseo entre el olor marino, la maravillosa vista del mar poblada de barcos... Hay numerosos, magníficos (y caros) restaurantes aquí además de las discotecas más bulliciosas.
Promenade/La Rada beach - Paseo Marítimo
It is the beach situated in the centre of Estepona. It has a well-tended promenade with gardens and palm trees and lots of servicies as local restaurants (chiringuitos).
Es la playa situada en el centro de la ciudad. Tiene un paseo marítimo bien equipado, con jardines y palmeras, así como varios servicios y restaurantes locales (chiringuitos).
Los Remedios Church-Iglesia de los Remedios
This church of 18th century was a convent of the Franciscans till they had to abandon it due to the church property confiscation law. On the façade we can find an original combination of rococo style with other features, possibly influece of the colonial architecture from the Hispanic Americas. It's recently restored inside, and even they have installed a TV closed-circuit allowing the parishioners to follow the masses better.
Esta iglesia del siglo XVIII fue primero un convento de los padres franciscanos hasta que en 1835 tuvieron que abandonarla con motivo de la ley de desamortización. En la portada se observa una curiosa mezcla de rasgos estilísticos rococós con otros que parecen proceder de la arquitectura colonial de la América Hispana. Por dentro está recien restaurada e incluso han instalado un circuito cerrado de televisión para poder participar mejor en las misas.
Mass schedule - Horario de misas
Weekdays - Diario: 20:00 (winter - invierno) / 20:30 (summer - verano)
Sundays - Domingos: 11:00, 12:00, 20:00 (winter) / 11:00, 20:30 (summer - verano)
Christ's beach - Playa del Cristo
It's a small and pleasent beach, a little far from the city centre and next to the marina. It has a nice shell shape and a view of the Rock of Gibraltar in front of you. If it's a sunny day you can even see Africa.
Es una pequeña y agradable playa, algo lejos del centro de la ciudad y cerca del puerto. Tiene una bonita forma de concha y se puede ver el peñón de Gibraltar al frente. En días soleados incluso se puede observar África.
Fancy a bit of freedom?
Want to get away from it all and live life the way YOU want to........well why not pop along to Costa Natura for the weekend, book a room and relax! Still wondering what kind of place this is? Well, its a nudist park! I always wondered what people were doing behind those walls when i was younger, and to a certain extent, Im still interested now!
If you have no qualms about walking in your birthday suit in front of others all day long, then THIS is the place for you!!!! Enjoy your stay!
day trip to gibraltar
there is a small estate agent along side the port where you can book many day trips.
we booked an early start day trip to gibralter. you can either go shopping or take a guided tour of the rock. we saw the rock and its famous apes.
- Family Travel
Places I love
My favourite places to visit in the area:
Ronda: don't agree with bullfighting but there is the oldest arena there with a museum. Lovely town, lots of atmosphere, old Roman viaducts, stunning view. Lovely buildings and old churches.
Mijas: pretty village with donkeys, tiny streets with all sorts of souvenir type shops.
Casares: village perched on a hill, the road to get there used to be a bit hairy, don't know if it's still the same. There was a place to stop en route and look at Casares across the valley. It was really weird because it reminded me of Babel, one could hear all the chattering coming from the village even though one was still far away. Old monastery at the top with stunning views.
Markets: plenty everywhere, I particularly like the one in Estepona Marina on a Sunday morning.
Puerto Banus: a must for people watching!
The White Villages: don't remember the names but they are quaint and pretty.
Tapas: go to the little tapas bars and get a taste of lots of little nibbles - delicious.
Visiting the Wednesday market is an absolute delight. You can find so many wonderfull things here at these markets at absolutely fantastic prices. The only problem that you will have is to cart the stuff back home. If you missed the Wednesday market in town, remember that they also have a Sunday market at the marina.
As I said previously, you have to walk around this lovely town in order to discover the many secrets that are hidden between the narrow little streets and up those steepy hills. Put on those walking shoes and start walking! If I did not walk I would never have found this lovely old church and the wonderfull architecture in this little street
Discovering what is on offer
As I said previously, you have to walk around this lovely town in order to discover the many secrets that are hidden between the narrow little streets and up those steepy hills. Put on those walking shoes and start walking!