Estepona, located on the western Costa del Sol, belongs to an area which enjoys the best weather in Spain.
Average annual temperature of 18,7º C.
More than 300 days of sun shines a year
It rains some 40 days a year
The prevailing winds are from the west (Poniente) and east (Levante).
Estepona - Communications.
BY PLANE. Malaga International Airport lies 85 Km. away with regular flights to and from all the main destinations in the world. Gibraltar airport is situated only 45 Km. away.
BY ROAD. The N-340 (Duel carriageway) and the A7P (Motorway) cross the municipality running parallel to the coast for more than 21 Km. A regular bus service connects with all the centres of interest of the Costa del Sol, cities of Andalusia and Madrid.
Another alternative route, inland in this case, is available via the provincial road M-557 which takes us to the villages of the Serranía de Ronda and connects us with the provincial road 333 Algeciras - Ronda. A mere 1 Km. outside the boundaries of the municipality, in San Pedro Alcántara where you can join the provincial road 339 Ronda -Seville.
BY TRAIN. The nearest main line train stations are those of Algeciras which is 50 Km away and Fuengirola. A local train service is available from Malaga International Airport to Fuengirola 53 Km away, where transport is available by road on the local bus.
BY BOAT The excellent installations of Estepona Marina can harbour most yachts and boats. The international port of Algeciras is 50 Km. away, with a ferry line to Morocco and also continents. The International Port of Algeciras is 50 Km away, from where passages are available to North Africa, also merchant and passenger sailings are available to all the continents.
The most ancient remains found in Estepona date back several thousands of years into the past, into prehistory, the Neolithic, the Copper and the Bronze Age.
Amongst the numerous Phoenician and Roman settlements, the ruins on the Guadalmansa Estuary are particularly noteworthy and might belong to the Roman town of Salduba. The town of Estebbuna, the forerunner of the current Estepona, was founded in the 10 Century during the reign of splendour of the Caliphate of Córdoba. In spite of the importance of the Arab settlement during the Muslim period, the town was conquered by the King Henry IV of Castille's troops in 1456 and was completely destroyed a few years later. At the beginning of the 16th Century, the Catholic Kings ordered the reconstruction of the walls of Estepona due to its excellent strategic location, and set about by colonising the area with 30 families comprising the core from which the population has grown to its present number. In 1559 the growing populace was sold to Marbella under the jurisdiction of which it remained until 1729, when Philip V conferred the town its charter, then a prosperous settlement of more than 600 inhabitants, which continues to grow today.
Estepona What to see.
Nicio Castle. The ruins of a 9th Century fortress, from which the walls and several towers remain. The fortress was very important during Omar Ben Hafsun's rebellion against the Cordoba emirs and was finally conquered by the emirate troupes in the year 923 DC.
The clock Tower The tower dates back to the Arab period during which it was the minaret of a mosque. After the town was conquered by the Castilians, the mosque became a church and the minaret was used as a bell tower. In the 18 Century a neo-classical dome was added, and was decorated with garlands and volutes.
Watchtowers Distributed along the length of Estepona’s 21 kilometres of coast, there 7 Watchtowers of Muslim and Castilian origin, testimony to a method of defence which lasted well into the 19th Century.
Ruins of the Castle of Saint Louis. The ruins are remaining of the Castle built on the orders of the Catholic Kings at the beginning of the 16th Century, to reinforce the walls of the town and encourage its resettlement.
Church of Our Lady of Redemption Built in the 18th Century, the church was originally a tertiary Franciscan monastery. The entrance combines iconographic, Marian, Franciscan and colonial elements.
The House of the Marquees of Mondéjar. Built during the 18th Century. An interesting example of aristocratic architecture.
Bullring.Opened in 1972, its asymmetric design by the architect Juan Mora Urbano, makes this bullring the only one of its kind in the world.
Museums in Estepona. Costa del Sol
The Bullfighting Museum. Bullfighters in Spain.
The Maritime and Country Museum. The Museum is located at the Estepona Bullring. The Municipal District of Estepona is home to some of the most important Pliocene marine fossil beds in the Mediterranean. Apart from its scientific importance, the museum enables the visitor to admire the beauty of these fossils which are more than five million years old.
The Museum of Archaeology. Located in the unique setting of the Estepona Bullring the museum offers the visitor a multitude of objects associated with bullfighting including a complete collection of posters and, specially, several suits donated by the best "toreros" It is through the exhibits distributed throughout the twelve exhibition halls covering separate eras and themes that we are able to familiarise ourselves with the Estepona way of life over the last few centuries. The exhibits include themes on the importance of bee-keeping, harvesting cereals, livestock, the forge, fishing, and more.
The Museum of Palaeontology. The Museum of Palaeontology is located in the Plaza de los Misioneros next to the Church of Our Lady of Redemption Iglesia de los Remedios Walking through the exhibition halls of this museum the visitor is able to take a complete tour of Estepona most ancient history as they learn of the mark left on this land by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs and the Christians, familiarising themselves with the wealth of history which pervades both Estepona and the surrounding region.
Estepona beaches. Costa del Sol
The Estepona coastline, shallow and sandy, extends over more than 21 Km. Offering a succession of beaches with different degrees of usage and popularity according to the area.
The Rada Beach, located in front of the town, has all services: restaurants, showers, lifeguards,etc. Awarded with the Blue Flag, it is the largest and most popular.
The Cristo Beach forms a charming cove, and is ideal for any time of the year, being sheltered from the winds. The La Galera and Bahía Dorada are distinguished by the beauty of the rocky areas with cliffs forming enchanting coastal landscapes. The Beach of Costa Natura, first nudist beach of the Costa del Sol, offers a very popular alternative among the naturists of the whole of Europe. The following is a list of each of the beaches.
Beach Del Cristo 680 m. Near the Marina - The most popular
Beach La Rada 2.630 m. In town along the sea-side promenade
Beach Punta de la Plata 2.220 m.
Beach Punta Pinillo: 1.290 m.
Beach Del Castor: 2.040 m. Near the Kempisky
Beach La Galera 960 m.
Beach Bahía Dorada 1.120 m.
Beach Arroyo Vaquero 585 m. N340 km 150
Beach Costa Natura 400 m. Nudists. N340 km 149
Beach Guadalobón 1.860 m.
Beach Bella: 1.220 m
Beach Guadalmansa: 1.370 m.
Beach Del Saladillo: 2.630 m en direction de Marbella
Beach Casasola 910 m.
Beach Atalaya 1.070 m. Near the Atalaya Park hotel