Estepona Holidays 2019 / 2020
Estepona holidays transport you to the very heart of the Costa del Sol; a region of Spain famous for its warm weather and lively beach vibe. However, while many resorts in this part of the country are modern settlements, you’ll find Estepona is a little more traditional, with a rich culture and fascinating history.
Many travellers choose Estepona for their summer holiday because of the resort’s authentic charm and vibrant character. The beautiful and historic town centre is bursting with Spanish heritage, and is home to beautiful beaches, a lively marina, an exciting culinary scene, and plenty of action and adventure.
Whether you’re searching for cheap holidays in budget-friendly Estepona holiday apartments, or something a little more opulent in one of the top Estepona hotels, we’ve got some great deals for you. Check out our holidays to Estepona from Glasgow and other major UK airports, and book your getaway today.
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No matter what sort of holiday experience you’re after, you’ll find lots of great things to do in Estepona, which offers everything from relaxing beach fronts to educational cultural sights and attractions.
- The historic centre of Estepona is a maze of cobbled streets lined with traditional Spanish houses, old churches, and iconic landmarks. One of the top attractions here really is just strolling around the town and discovering the local charm. Don’t be afraid to put the map away, and simply see where you end up.
- Equally satisfying is the impressive Plaza de la Flores, considered by many to be the heartbeat of the town. This vast square is full of lively bars and alluring restaurants, and while quiet in the mornings, it really starts to come alive in the afternoon when both locals and visitors stop by for snacks and drinks.
- Staying in a hotel in the Old Town will put you in the centre of all the action, whether you want great food and drink, daytime leisure options, or shopping opportunities. This area is adorned with lots of quirky stores and colourful boutiques, and is the ideal place to pick up some souvenirs to take home.
- The Costa del Sol is renowned as a playground for golf enthusiasts, and around Estepona you’ll find some fantastic options if you’ve brought your clubs with you. El Paraiso, Atalaya, and Valle Romano are all great choices for golfers, and are classed among some of the most scenic courses in the country.
Unlike other resorts on the Costa del Sol, Estepona isn’t known for its bars and clubs… but it is renowned for its restaurants. Estepona restaurants are among some of the best in the country.
- Some of the best restaurants in Estepona are located near the seafront, either along the main promenade or along Calle Real. You’ll find a number of small plazas and squares lining Calle Real which boast some of the most incredible restaurants, and are well worth visiting to sample the local cuisine.
- The local cuisine in Estepona is very much focused on fresh seafood caught locally off the Costa del Sol. This seafood is incorporated into a variety of traditional Spanish fare, although you’ll find a great deal of culinary influence from other Mediterranean countries, too, particularly from Italy and France.
- Many of the restaurants in Estepona feature lovely outdoor terraces or balcony seating, offering an al fresco dining experience. Warm summer evenings are common on the Costa del Sol. Booking a table outside and enjoying a picturesque Spanish sunset is one of the best ways to really make the most of them.
Estepona is renowned for its beaches, but there’s more to a family holiday here than just the sand! In fact, there are many great attractions that make for wonderful days out, for kids and adults alike.
- Tivoli World is the main theme park and family attraction on the Costa del Sol, and it’s less than an hour from Estepona. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained for a full day here, with rides, live shows, an open air theatre, and a range of bars and restaurants, so you really can make a day of it.
- For even more fun, head to Aqualand in Torremolinos. This exhilarating waterpark features swimming pools, slides, and all sorts of watery fun. There’s even a massive jacuzzi for relaxing at the end of an action-packed day, and a snack bar for satisfying those hungry tummies after a day of racing around.
- To catch a glimpse of vibrant, colourful marine life, take the kids for a day out at the Sea Life Aquarium in nearby Benalmadena. The highlight here is the interactive rock pool experience, where little ones can take a hands-on approach to learning, and discover what it feels like to touch a real life starfish or crab.
- And if your kids like spending time at the aquarium, they’ll absolutely love a day at Selwo Aventura in Estepona, with flamingos, lions, zebras, and more. The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos offers a similar experience, but instead of zebras, it’s a chance to get up close and personal with crocs!
- Of course, while there’s lots of activities to do in and around Estepona, the beaches are still one of the biggest draws for families! The soft sands along the Costa del Sol are ideal, allowing mum and dad to sunbathe and relax while the little ones play in the sand, paddle in the sea, and enjoy seaside games.
Estepona’s culture is a blend of Spanish, Italian, and French influences, and is alive and well across the resort. Compared to many of the resorts on the Costa del Sol, Estepona has retained a lot of its heritage.
- The port of Estepona is the original hub of activity here, long before the town was a popular and thriving holiday destination for visitors from all four corners of the globe. Spending some time at the marina puts you right in the centre of the action, and it’s a great starting point for exploring local history.
- Much of Estepona’s rich history and culture can be explored in the Old Town district, where you can stroll through the winding streets lined with classic buildings. However, you can also get a glimpse into local culture simply by taking a seat at a local cafe, and watching as the world goes by.
- Flamenco plays a huge role in Spanish culture, and it’s certainly much loved in Estepona. Keep an eye out for local events and performances scheduled to take place during your visit to the Costa del Sol, to make sure you don’t miss out on witnessing the traditional Spanish dance and music.
- The Estepona Bullring is home to four of the resort’s main museums. There are museums of agriculture, fossils, and cinema here, so even if you have no interest in visiting or supporting the bullfighting museum, this venue is still a great place to visit to learn more about Estepona’s history and classic arts.
- A walk along the coast allows you to see the seven old watchtowers around Estepona that once provided coastal defence for the resort. And if you love local history, arrange for an organised tour which takes you to the Torre Reloj; the old clock tower in the town centre that is truly fascinating to explore.
The Costa del Sol is famed for its stunning coastline. The Estepona beach fronts are absolutely jaw-dropping, and are great for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles!
- One of the best beaches in Estepona is Del Cristo Beach. It’s safe for families with young children, and features amenities such as toilets, showers, loungers, and plenty of bars and restaurants. While this beach is very near the town, you’ll feel a million miles away when you’re on the sands.
- As you head north along the coast you’ll discover more fantastic beaches and great family attractions. Marbella, which is just 20 miles away from the resort, offers some truly stunning beaches and a very active watersports scene, making it great for anyone looking for some beachfront adventure.
- In Torremolinos, which is around an hour’s drive from Estepona, you’ll discover more long stretches of sand, as well as one of Spain’s very best waterparks. Aqualand offers adrenaline-pumping rides, activities for little ones, and plenty of pools to chill out in, making for an amazing day out.
Estepona nightlife isn’t as famous as Malaga nightlife, but there are still lots of opportunities to unwind at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. If you prefer a more laid-back nightlife experience, you’ll love it here.
- There are two main areas for nightlife in Estepona; the town centre, and the port. Many Estepona bars are centered around these two destinations, and if you’re looking for a more energetic, buzzing scene, these are the places to be. While quieter during the week, things do start to pick up at the weekends.
- The Estepona marina bars are perhaps the most popular with visitors, due to their scenic harbourfront location and wide range of seafood on offer. The bars here tend to be a little more chic and modern than in other places, offering a huge selection of drinks and international foods.
- For a more traditional Spanish nightlife experience, head away from the marina and into the less obvious backstreets of the town. Plaza de la Flores is a firm favourite of the locals, and you’ll find a great selection of bars and eateries where you can mingle outside in the warm air with a drink or two.
The beach provides a beautifully romantic setting for couples who want to relax by the sea together, or stroll hand-in-hand along the sand, but there are lots more ways to enjoy a couple's getaway in Estepona.
- Why not take a walk through the gorgeous orchid gardens? Estepona’s Orchid House is a true indoor paradise, home to more than 5000 plants, illuminated waterfalls more than 15m high, and over 1300 species of orchid. Each level is separated by a thick bamboo forest; it has to be seen to be believed.
- Simply taking a stroll around the historic cobbled streets of the Old Town is a relaxing way for the two of you to spend a day. As you’re walking around, keep an eye out for the many murals that have been painted throughout the town. These are gifts from local artists to the many visitors that come to explore Estepona.
- The most romantic way to travel around Estepona? By horse and carriage, of course! If you’re not quite sure where to go, ask the driver to take you to one of the best flamenco shows in town, where you can watch this passionate dance being performed by the professionals. You may even learn a move or two...
People also ask
Can you get a train between Estepona and Malaga?
There is no train service between Estepona and Malaga. However, there is a service between Fuengirola and Malaga which covers part of the route. Fuengirola can be reached by local bus from Estepona.
Which airport is closest to Estepona?
Many travellers fly into Malaga Airport, which is around an hour’s drive from Estepona. However, Gibraltar International Airport is actually slightly closer, with transfer times of as little as 45 minutes.
Is there a bus from Malaga Airport to Estepona?
The Avanza bus company runs a direct airport bus from Malaga Airport all the way to Estepona which takes just over 1 hour. Alternatively, you can transfer into Malaga itself, and catch a bus from there.