Estepona has little to envy its better-known neighbour, Marbella: over 325 days of sunshine a year, excellent sports and leisure facilities, plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars, and an active marketplace for rental and resale property with growing interest from overseas clients. Some would argue it even boasts better beaches without the crowds.
The municipal area is home to just over 70,000 people, encompassing dozens of urbanizations and developments along its 23 kilometres of sandy Mediterranean coastline and in the hills overlooking the town.
Estepona lies 90 kilometres from Malaga city centre and is serviced by the A7/AP7 highway and the N340 coastal road. The nearest airport is Gibraltar International (GIB), 47 kilometres distant, while Malaga’s Pablo Ruíz Picasso International (AGP) is just over 80 kilometres away.
Estepona’s old town is one of the best-preserved on the Costa del Sol and is currently undergoing a major beautification and pedestrianisation drive. Its bustling, flower-filled streets and squares, such as the emblematic Plaza de las Flores, are full of local bars and shops.
The town’s marina (Puerto de Estepona), located 1.5 kilometres east of the centre and an easy stroll on the seafront promenade, is a popular leisure destination for sailing and watersports enthusiasts and also boasts a selection of international restaurants.
The property market is Estepona varies greatly from one area to another, with affordable modern apartments in the upper part of town starting from well under 100,000€; townhouses in the historic centre range from less than 100,000 to over 300,000€, depending on size and condition; and luxury beachfront apartments and villas costing well in excess of a million euros in prime areas and sought-after developments.