Find out more about beautiful Estepona

Facts

Inhabitants: 59000

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

Highlights

Estepona is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and foreign residents alike on the Costa del Sol, yet even today it still manages to retain its old Andalusian charm. It is located at the western end of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains.

Estepona-Houses-Decorated-With-FlowersEstepona’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.

Estepona at night (S) 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.

History

There are conflicting records that pinpoint the roman fishing and agricultural settlements of Salduba and Silniana to this area west of Marbella. However, it seems more likely that Silniana was positioned where today San Pedro de Alcántara is positioned but there are no real records that prove either way. Unfortunately it was destroyed by a seaquake in the 4th Century AD.

Estepona Harbour (S)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.