Estepona - Calm as the sea
Location: Estepona–the sunny centre of the sunshine coast
Estepona’s south-facing location has left it open to piracy attacks and Moorish invasions in the past, and the town was once a defensive citadel as well as a busy port. The port and marina are still in action today, but much of Estepona’s trade and tourism comes via the nearby city of Malaga, just 90 km to the east along the coastal road.
Business: Andalusian fishing life
Although tourism has played a huge role in Estepona’s economy in recent years, the fishing industry deserves a particular mention. As Andalusia has become more popular with holidaymakers and expats, the region has lost much of its old character and traditions. But in Estepona, these old customs die hard, and the fishing industry is still alive and kicking. Get down to the port for the daily fish auctions to witness a key part of old Andalusian life.
Culture: Watch and learn
Like many coastal Spanish towns, Estepona was targeted by pirates and Moorish settlers at various points in its history. The old mosque no longer exists, but the crumbling clock tower on the sea-edge of the town pays homage to the days of Moorish occupation. For a taste of more recent Spanish culture, pay a visit to the original bullring where bullfights are still occasionally staged.
Activities: Enjoying the sea life
The waters of the Alboran Sea may feel chilly at first, but you will soon get used to the temperature. Estepona boasts two Blue Flag beaches and in the summer months, it is almost impossible to spend more than ten minutes on the sand before you start craving a cooling dip in the sea. Look out for local dive shops, surf shops and water sports outlets to really make the most of your time on the coast.