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Estepona a golfers paradise with many great Golf Courses. It is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and foreign residents alike on the Costa del Sol. . Also even today it still manages to retain it’s old Andalusian charm. Located at the western end of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains.
Estepona’s cobbled narrow streets, fishing port, Spanish cafes and bars spilling out higgledy piggledy on the pavements. The quaint shops and bodegas, all combine with the modern Puerto Deportivo (leisure port) and marina. Furthemore The tourist facilities and golden sandy beaches make this a comfortable and interesting place to stay for holidaymakers.
For many years Estepona’s main economic industries were fishing, agriculture and cattle. Furthermore even today this remains 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. It has a wonderful climate and truly and Estapona is truly a Golfers paradise. Simarily it has well kept sandy beaches, such as La Rada and Cristo Beach. Estepona has many golf courses, a pleasure craft harbour, and excellent dining options Hence of course the development of urbanisations, apartments and villa complexes. This makes Estepona the chosen city for thousands of tourists every year.
Estepona truly is a golfers paradise as there are so many great golf courses in the area such as:
Estepona is located closer to Gibraltar airport, whose destinations are starting to open up now. There are a several flights from the UK and EasyJet fly into Gibraltar. However, Malaga is just 50 minutes to one hour’s drive away.
The agricultural settlements of Salduba and Silniana were believed to originate in this area. People however now believe that Silniana was located in San Pedro de Alcántarais. A seaquake in the 4th century AD destroyed Silniana. There are no records that exist to prove its true origin
The name Estepona is of Moorish origins when the name was Astabbuna. Estepona is part of the Iberian Penisula which the Moors and Christians fought over. It was then reoccupied by Enrique IV Castile in 1457. He built a church over the old Mosque. Furthermore the Centre of the community is the church and the area was named Estepona.
In 1729 the king gave Estepona its own charter and from there it began to grow its own identity, away from Marbella and develop its industrious nature.
Ten minutes from Estepona, direction San Roque, you find La Duquesa Yacht Harbour, which has many restaurants, bars and boutiques and the fantastic La Duquesa golf course is situated on mountain-side of the Carreterra (Coastal Road).
From Estepona you can go and visit some spectacular inland scenery and the typical towns of Casares, Jubrique, Genaguacil and Manilva, with its famous Roman bath of “La Hedionda”. Gibraltar is about 25 minutes drive away and the Bohemian beach paradise of Tarifa, around 45 minutes drive. If you are feeling adventurous in nearby Algeciras you can hop on a ferry to Morocco for a few days shopping and sightseeing.
If you are interested in monuments and archeological finds then you won’t be disappointed, as the area has many interesting historical points of interest. Most noteworthy are the ruins of Castillo de Nicio, which can be found just past the urbanization Forest Hills, La Torre del Reloj (the watchtower). This is said to be one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings on the Costa del Sol. Finally the central square in itself is a historical focal point. There are many other historical sites in and around Estepona.
The beaches in Estepona are very clean and hygienic and consequently have been awarded the blue flag status. The beaches cater for children. Furthermore most of the beaches have watersports and good quality restaurants.
In front of Estepona town is La Rada Beach, a long beach of golden sands, where you can enjoy activities such as Kayaking and windsurfing. Most noteworthy is the wonderful El Cristo beach located to the west of the town, an excellent beach for families which is sheltered by a lovely cove.
Other beaches located close by including Playa Costa Natura, Sabinillas, Puerto Duquesa and Sotogrande. Also just 50 minutes drive are the wonderful beaches of Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz.
Estepona is not short of a restaurant and whatever your taste, you will be satisfied with the choice. There are some excellent traditional tapas bars, Spanish restaurants and bodegas. Hence if you want to enjoy typical Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine Estepona is ideal. Plus there are even more excellent fish restaurants, both in the port and in the town. Furthermore the beautiful beaches are home to a number of excellent Chiringuitos and beach bars.
As with most of the Costa del Sol, the importance of tourism, means that you will find a first class choice of restaurants. Finally if you are not feeling like Spanish cuisine or seafood, you can also choose from Indian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese and much, much more.
Estepona enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable; temperatures average 32 ºC during the summer. It is the weather which makes Estepona a golfers paradise