It is easy to understand why so many people choose Estepona on the Costa del Sol as a place to live permanently or as a location to buy a second home, escape the humdrum, and soak up the privileged ambience of beautiful, sunny weather, leisure activities, Andalusian culture, and breath-taking views of the Mediterranean ocean, the surrounding Sierra Bermejo and Sierra Blanca mountains.
Estepona has recently hit the headlines for one of its most famous new residents; soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has purchased himself a luxury off-plan mansion in the La Resina Golf & Country Club complex. One of the many luxury developments around Estepona, with views of the Mediterranean and Africa, where the rich and glamorous gather to play golf.
Estepona forms the most western point of the aptly nicknamed “Golden Triangle” with Benahavis at the most southern point and iconic Marbella pointing eastwards.
Marbella’s bragging rights as the playground for the rich and famous is spilling over into Estepona. However, Estepona boasts quiet beaches, coastline, and a tranquil haven. This idyllic location offers much more for discerning buyers.
As a permanent residence, investment prospect or part-time home, this exciting location is an excellent commutable destination due to its proximity to Gibraltar, Seville and Malaga International Airports and their direct flights. The opportunities to explore the rest of Spain exist with superb road trips via the Autopista del Mediterraneo and high-speed train network links with the modern Ave Renfe train network transporting passengers to Madrid and Barcelona.
Estepona delivers iconic Andalusian cobbled streets of white streets and charming plazas with historical Roman, Arab and Christian vestiges.
For social activities, there are many social clubs in Estepona run by locals and ex-pats, including coffee mornings for mums with babies, whist drives, line dancing, Spanish classes, gardening and bowling. The local Ayuntamiento has a multi-language team to help with residencia and other bureaucratic enquiries.
The night time vibe is electric with a great deal on offer including flamenco bars, tapa bars and award-winning restaurants frequented by the likes of local and visiting celebrities including Antonio Banderas. Stroll around the old town; mingle with the locals at the Plaza de Las Flores, Calle Real, Calle Caridad and around the Reinaldo in the marina. Wherever you go in Estepona, you will enjoy the vibrant streets both day and night.
For walkers and runners, running parallel to the Mediterranean is the recently completed project of the coastal path connecting 23 kilometres of coastline.
Estepona offers excellent nurseries and international schools with a new “home for learning” currently in the process of construction in the Torrevigia area. It is designed by top architects to deliver an outstanding practical and beautiful international centre for every aspect the learning process from the age of kindergarten to high school.
Captivating and enchanting, the true essence and personality of Estepona are its colourful blooms and bright white streets. Estepona has rightly earned the nickname “the Garden of the Costa del Sol” with its thousands of flowers adorning almost every façade of every house. The recent construction of the Orchidarium in the centre of the town presents 10,000 square metres of captivating botanic garden with waterfalls, ferns and, of course, a variety of beautiful orchids.
Adding to the colourful ambience is the outdoor art galleries on view for everyone. More than 50 enormous modern paintings along Estepona’s “artistic murals route” form the basis of the cultural reach of Estepona, offering depictions of al fresco art from renowned artists to prison inmates!
To live in Estepona is to indulge in authentic Andalusian culture and quality of life. Estepona has an abundance of rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage, discoverable at each step taken with its museums, leisure facilities, theatres and art galleries.
Original Content by Tracy Jennifer on behalf of City Guide Gibraltar