Find out more about beautiful Estepona
Level above sea: 0 meters
Nearest airport: Gibraltar, Malaga
Distance to airport: 45 km
Distance to beach: 0 meters
Max. temperature: 40 C
Min. temperature: 8 C
Estepona’s cobbled narrow streets, fishing port, Spanish cafes and bars spilling out on the pavements, together with the quaint shops and bodegas, all combine with the modern Puerto Deportivo (leisure port) and marina, the tourist facilities and the golden sandy beaches to make this a comfortable and interesting place to stay for holidaymakers. There is a vibrant open market every Sunday morning which is well worth a visit.
For many years Estepona’s main economic industries were fishing, agriculture and cattle, which remain an important income for many in the area. Nevertheless for over a decade now tourism has become an important economic factor due to the town’s redevelopment, wonderful climate, well-kept sandy beaches (such as La Rada and Cristo Beach) and an extraordinary variety of attractions, including golf, a pleasure craft harbour and excellent dining options.
The name Estepona more likely derives from its Moorish occupation, when it was named Astabbuna. Like most of the Iberian Penisula, Estepona was fought over by the Moors and Christians and reoccupied by Enrique IV of Castile in 1457 who ordered a church to be built over the old Mosque. It is this church that became the centre of the community that we would finally know today as Estepona.
In 1729 the King gave Estepona its own Charter and from there it began to develop its own identity away from Marbella and develop its industrious character.