Estepona is a friendly Costa del Sol town that remains an alluring destination for both visitors and expats. At the start of the 20th century, Estepona was a little village, home to nine thousand fishermen and farmers. Today it has seventy thousand residents, most of whom undoubtedly choose to dwell there for the town’s wonderful character and original charm. Those looking for property for sale on the Costa del Sol may be unwise to bypass Estepona.
The name Estepona is thought to be derived from the Moorish name ‘Astabbuna’. It is yet another Spanish town that was battled over for an extended period by the Christians and the Moors, until the fourteenth century when it was taken over by Enrique IV of Castile. He built a church in place of the mosque that had been erected in the town, paving the way for a community to emerge. What was once this influential church is now a school, and only the clock tower remains.
Today’s Estepona is the kind of place where you will be treated to Spanish tradition in the form of foods, atmosphere, and culture. There are countless cafes and tapas bars that pride themselves on lovingly made, authentic cuisine. The aromas alone will speak for themselves when you wander down Estepona’s streets.
Estepona old town is a firm favourite
Estepona old town is one of the major attractions here. The delicate, narrow streets have long been pedestrianised, which gives them a calm and relaxed feel, helped along by the eye-popping colours of the ubiquitous floral arrangements; hanging baskets compete with beautifully arranged flower pots for your attention. The aptly named Plaza de las Flores should be on your list if you want to be charmed by this town’s beauty. In fact, Estepona old town is so picturesque that many a photographer takes advantage of its scenes.
Estepona old town has an abundance of surprising elements to it. There are plenty of shops on Calle Terraza, and it can seem that little boutiques and bars spring up out of nowhere – just where you’d least expect them.
The Calle Real is a popular street and a great place to begin your old town ramble. Those looking for authentic Spanish tapas or delicious sherry should wander down to Calle Caridad, where they’ll be spoilt for choice, and you may wish to check out the municipal market.
If you’re more interested in sight-seeing and exploring than relaxing, Estepona’s old town can offer you the Clock Tower and Town Hall, the Casa de las Tejerinas art gallery, and several museums, three of which can be found in the Bull Ring. Don’t forget to visit the Castle of San Luis for a visual dose of local history; this castle was built at the beginning of the century, with the purpose of keeping out the Berber pirates of Northern Africa.
Estepona continues to welcome new residents
Estepona has been heavily redeveloped over the years, but this has given it many attractive amenities without affecting the town’s traditional charm. Its modern day popularity is a testament to this charm, and anyone who has visited it will understand why it is such a firm favourite with expats who wish to live in this traditional Spanish atmosphere.
It is quieter than Marbella but within easy access of it, offering the best of both worlds to those who prefer to step in and out of the ‘hustle and bustle’ any time it suits.
In terms of properties for sale in Estepona, there are so many varieties to choose from. How about a stylish four bedroom villa in a peaceful location? Estepona’s beach is a wonderful place to be, and there are some choice apartments overlooking it, so you can always be right by the sea.
Could Estepona be the one?
Paradise Marbella has some stunning Estepona properties on the books, from contemporary villas to luxury penthouse apartments and gorgeous townhouses. Whatever style of property you’re after, there’s a good chance Estepona has it.
There’s another possibility for setting up home in Estepona too: build your own! For instance, you can get a plot of land right on the beach and that will come with permits and licenses to build upon. You could build your own terraces, gardens, pools, garages… there is room enough to do more or less whatever you need to. This particular plot is 17,080 m2 and the property includes an operating chiringuito.
Whatever your aspirations for your Costa del Sol life, Paradise Marbella are happy to discuss them. We are well-versed in ways of the Spanish property market, and even if you decide that Estepona is not the one, we’re certain that we’ll know somewhere that is just the ticket. You never know unless you try!