Estepona is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Western Costa del Sol. Its well-appointed beaches, wonderful marina, eight golf courses, seven museums and interesting sights make it a popular destination, offering facilities for health and wellness, and for luxury travellers as well. Visitors to Estepona can enjoy both the sea at the town’s feet and the sheltering mountains surrounding it. The area with the greatest environmental value is Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja.
The Church of Virgen de los Remedios is the main religious building in Estepona. Built in the eighteenth century, it was annexed to a convent until 1835. It has a vaulted nave and two aisles, a transept crowned by a dome, a huge tower and a beautiful rococo façade. Standing near the church, the Clock Tower used to be part of a fifteenth-century parish church, thoroughly renovated in the nineteenth century.
The San Luis Castle, whose construction was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs, was built as a reinforcement of the wall enclosing Estepona in the sixteenth century. It was razed to the ground by the French army in 1810, so only the ruins have come down to us. The 21km coastal strip features seven watchtowers raised in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Estepona’s Museum of Ethnography shows the lifestyles of local residents in the past few centuries, while at the Museum of Archaeology you can see elements from the Phoenician, Roman and Islamic civilisations. The lovers of natural history will surely like the Museum of Palaeontology, displaying a fine collection of molluscs and other invertebrates from the Pliocene, fossils and dinosaur replicas.
The Bullfighting Museum, dedicated to Antonio Ordóñez, shows items associated with this popular Spanish cultural expression. It gives access to the Estepona Bullring, featuring an elliptical, asymmetric shape. The Luis García Berlanga Sound and Image Museum goes over the history of film, music and comics.
At the Corominas Necropolis Visitor Centre, housed beneath a burial mound in a building recreating megalithic funerary architecture, visitors can see the topography of the archaeological site, including the 5,000-year-old dolmens found in Estepona, among other archaeological remains.
Finally, there is the Garó Collection, comprising over 300 works of art from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, on display in a nineteenth-century mansion in Plaza de las Flores, one of the finest examples of the charming traditional Andalusian architecture in town.
There are eight golf courses in Estepona, all of them with world-class facilities, and an Exhibition and Conference Centre with a capacity for 2,500 people. In addition, there are almost a dozen spas, hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy centres, most of them belonging to deluxe hotels. In fact, the town has a quality offering in the luxury travel and the beauty and wellness segments.
Last but not least, Estepona has a horse riding centre – Costa del Sol Equestrian Centre – and a zoo that is the only one of its kind in Europe: Selwo Aventura, covering 1,000,000m2 where as many as 2,000 animals from all five continents live in semi-captive environments. On top of all this, we should mention its 17 beaches, its 3km-long sea promenade, its fishing harbour and its marina, featuring 447 berths and a wide array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
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