Approached from the east or west Estepona glistens white against a sparkling sea.
Gibraltar stands high on the horizon and the outline of Africa mountains loom to the south. The Sierra Bermeja (1.449m) dominates the mountainous landscape enfolding Estepona with its imposing presence. Its summit is reached through exuberant forests of pinsapo fir trees, sweet chestnuts, pines and other indigenous species of flora of this spectacularly beautiful nature reserve. Deer, wild boar, mountain goats and a great number of smaller mammals, indigenous and migratory birds find their haven in this habitat.
The Estepona coastline, shallow and sandy, extends over more than 21 km. The Rada Beach, located in front of town, has all services: restaurants, showers, lifeguards, etc. Awarded with the Blue Flag, it is the largest and most popular. The Cristo Beach forms a charming cove, and is ideal for any time of the year, being quite sheltered. Spring sees Estepona’s religious celebrations and popular festivals take place, such as the Holy Week and San Isidro’s Fair. Summer brings many visitors to Estepona not least to indulge in the range of cultural and sport events, live concerts, including the most popular festivity, the “Fiestas Mayores” and the Virgen del Carmen.
Unlike many of the towns on the Costa del Sol Estepona understands the importance of preserving her Andalusian character. Most of her buildings date back to last century and the town is a maze of white-washed, narrow streets, shaded squares and pretty patios. Down at the harbour, totally rebuilt in 1977, fish is auctioned daily on the quayside: brill, hake, sandpiper, swordfish, lobster, octopus, squid, red mullet, anchovies and the famous sardines. There are also a variety of sport amenities in Estepona port along with dolphin spotting trips and fishing excursions.
Due to its natural environment, surrounded by sea and Sierra Bermeja mountains, Estepona enjoys a microclimate with an average of 325 sunny days each year. Estepona, traditionally a small Andalucian fishing port, is now one of the fastest growing and most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol. Despite its recent growth, Estepona has managed to preserve its unique identity and so still remains one of the most laid back towns on the coast.