Leisure in Estepona
Given the privileged location of Estepona close to both mountains and sea, and the readily available public transport, it does not come as a surprise that there are many things to do.
Primarily of course there are the renowned beaches, specifically Playa “La Rada” which is the primary beach in Estepona. It has been recognised as a blue band beach due to the cleanliness and environmental qualities. The beach is c. 3 kilometres long and situated on it are “Chiringuitos”, beach bars that serve drinks and food throughout the day in peak seasons.
“El Cristo” is the next beach west of La Rada and is a small, tranquil beach of under 700 metres. It contains a beautiful chiringuito that will make even the most average of days feel like a topical holiday.
East of La Rada is the pebbled beach of “Punta de la Plata” which spans 2.5 kilometres.
There is a cinema in Estepona that shows films every Thursday. It is situated in the Cultural Centre Padre Manuel with an entrance fee of €3.00. The cinema shows the films in its original language with Spanish subtitles. Films start at 9 p.m. For information about what´s showing, visit their website.
Aside from the markets that take place in Estepona, there are also a large number of shops in the highstreet (Calle Real and Calle Terraza). These shops are mostly clothes and shoe shops such as Mango, United Colours of Benetton and other smaller, independent stores. If you want to visit a mall, La Cañada is the closest, situated in Puerto Banús, here you will fine a large supermarket, home supplies, electrical goods, clothes, shoe and jewellery shops and much more. For food shopping, there are a couple of Mercadonas throughout the town and a Carrefour at the Palacio de Congresos entrance to Estepona.
Given that Estepona is traditionally a fishing village, it is suffice to say that the fish is extremely varied and of great quality in restaurants. The fish is also extremely fresh as the fishermen set up a market in the port at 06:00 to sell the days catch. In summer, chiringuitos are often a great place to eat fresh fish such as Mussels, (Mejillones), Clams, (Almejas), Tuna (Atun) and Swordfish (Pez Espada). Chiringuitos also provide Paella and it is great fun to order some Boquerones or Sardinas (Anchovies or Sardines) that will then be cooked on a barbecue on the beach. The chiringuitos are a nice relaxed place to eat situated at intervals on the beach you can pop into one during the day directly form the beach in a bikini, or at night in smarter clothing. Chiringuitos are a perfect place for families as the children are able to run around on the beach whilst the adults mull over a bottle of wine.
If however you would prefer to eat in a more sophisticated restaurant there are a number situated in Estepona.
“La Rada” specialises in fish and is situated very close the “paseo”. It is perfect for those wanting to try fresh fish in a sophisticated setting.
Avenida España S/N
Tel: 952 791 036
“Los Rosales” also specialises in fish and is situated very close the “Plaza de las Flores”. This restaurant offers a more casual setting whilst still delivering exceptional service and food.
C/ Damas 12,
Tel: 952 792 945
There are many other restaurants specialising in fish, but Argentinean restaurants are fast appearing all over Estepona and these restaurants offer the very best meats.
“Sur” is another Argentinean restaurant that in summer offers “al fresco” dining on the square with the company of a fountain and sea views. In winter you will be seated inside a relaxed and tasteful restaurant with an open fire oven. The restaurant offers beautiful meats and chicken, a mixed grill to share and homemade pizzas. The salads are also very good and varied and the French fries are delicious. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, is well priced and is a lovely place to eat.
Plaza Ortiz, 10
Tel: 952 792 876
“El Facon” is the final Argentinean restaurant that is worth visiting. In summer it is worth dining on the terrace, but in winter you will be seated inside an open and dimly lit restaurant. The prawns are worth having as a starter as long as you like garlic! Once again the meats and the chicken are first class and there is a comprehensive wine list.
C/ Caridad, 95
Tel: 952 797 229
“Il Pomodoro” is a lovely Italian restaurant situated on the pedestrianised main street of Calle Real. In the summer months you are able to enjoy authentic Italian food whilst been seated on the street enjoying the atmosphere of Estepona. The restaurant includes handmade pizzas, beautiful and varied pasta dishes, meats and salads.
Calle Real, 71
If you are just after tapas, there are a number of restaurants that do just tapas and raciones. “Las Gitanillas” for example does a large range of raciones so you can order a selection of things to try and share. The food at this restaurant is traditional Malaga food such as, battered cod “abadejo”, peppers stuffed with crab meat in a cheese sauce, clams, prawns, and many other things. On the other hand if all you want is just tapas and a drink, “Bar la Palma“ is a lovely café situated on the main street of Calle Terraza and they have a very large selection of traditional tapas foods, if you would like a proper meal there, they also have a very good menu.
Bar La Palma
C/ Terraza, 57
Tel: 952 800 602
C/ Caridad, 107
The port offers a more diverse cuisine with the typical Italians and seafood, but also with a delicious Indian called “The Maharaja´s” offering freshly cooked Indian food to whatever your taste in spice! To enjoy this delicious cuisine, you will find The Maharaja´s at:
Tel: 952 801 452
El Pescador is another beautiful fish restaurant. They do extremely good squid, clams, mussels and prawns, as well as meats and salads. The restaurant is a little more expensive than some of the other restaurants but the food is delicious and the location is unbeatable as the restaurant is located on the Paseo Marítimo. Find this unbeatable fish restaurant at:
Restaurante El Pescador
Avenida España, 1
Tel: 952 804 393
La Pappardella is situated in the port of Estepona. It is a well priced, Italian restaurant that offers delicious food in a wonderful location. The address of this great restaurant is as follows:
Puerto Deportivo de Estepona
Tel: 952 802 144
Hacho is situated in the centre of Estepona on one of the side streets just off the main highstreet of Calle Terraza. They have a good wine list and specialise in good meats. This lovely traditional Spanish restaurant can be found at the following address:
Calle los Reyes, 26
Tel: 952 318 490
Elemi Café Bar is one of the few vegetarian places you will find in Estepona. Owned by a vegan, it serves a variety of well thought out vegetarian or vegan dishes and has commanded great reviews. Find this great restaurant at:
Elemi Café Bar
Avenida del Carmen, 2B
Tel: 951 273 885
The “Puerto Deportivo” or port is an extremely popular venue for tourists and locals alike to flock to throughout the year. There are a number of clubs, bars and restaurants that make up the nightlife famous to the Costa del Sol. If you are not the type to enjoy loud clubs and smoky bars, the port also offers a romantic setting in which to enjoy a meal whilst watching the sun set over beautiful yachts.
However, if clubbing is your thing, you will also find a wealth of places to go within the town centre and the port. Plató 68 is one of the most popular nightclubs in the Costa del Sol with people coming in from Sotogrande and Marbella just to spend a Saturday night there. Its opening hours are from 12 a.m. to 7.a.m but it isn´t worth going before 2 a.m. The entrance fee is €15 and includes a complimentary drink. The music is mostly R&B and if you make a reservation you can go up to the second floor that hosts V.I.P. tables. They also have a limousine service. You can find this exclusive nightclub at:
Avenida Juan Carlos, 68
Tel: 670 503 124 (reservations)
Ático is another popular nightclub that closes at 5 a.m. This nightclub offers music that is currently popular with the Spaniards. This includes English and American music as well as Spanish and Latin American. It is recommended to arrive at around 1-2 a.m. as most people don´t arrive until then. Ático is situated close to the marina and also has upstairs terraces which offer beautiful views of the port. La Bulla is situated in the centre of Estepona on Calle Real, the main pedestrian street, and Avenida España, the principal road through the town. It offers a wonderful, dim atmosphere with an interesting decor and is mostly popular with the Spanish.
Avenida España, 84
Milonga is also situated in the centre of town on Calle Caridad, the street just behind the principal pedestrianised street. This bar opens Thursday-Saturday staying open until 6-7 a.m. The music is a mixture of 70s music, dance, disco and classics from the 80s and 90s and offers all kinds of drinks from champagne and beer to cocktails and milkshakes. Visit this atmospheric bar at:
Calle Caridad, 93
Duende is a bar situated in the port that plays all types of music and sometimes shows the football on large screens. This bar is also the host of varying shows such as concerts and flamenco. Like most of these bars the minimum age to enter is 18, it is open everyday from midnight until 4 a.m.
For more information on the nightlife, clubs and bars of Estepona visit this website.
The Costa del Sol has been given the apt nickname of the Costa del Golf due to the quantity of golf courses and club houses that have sprung up in the past few years. Needless to say none of the golf courses are situated within the town centre itself, but in just five minutes drive you arrive at a wealth of courses. Listed below are some of the most popular golf courses and their details.
Estepona Golf was first opened in the late 1980s and is designed to enjoy sea views from almost all aspects of this 18 hole course. Estepona Golf not only offers a course designed for all levels of golfers but also has its own restaurant, bar, driving range and practice green, locker rooms, shop and buggy rental. It is situated 4 km outside of the main town of Estepona and offers a number of special offers and prices. For more information visit their website. Alternatively call or visit them at:
Carretera Cadíz, Km. 150
Los Flamingos Golf and Country Club
This golf course is a world renowned golf course that is actually situated closer to Benahavís but is considered one of Estepona´s best courses. Currently, the club has two courses but in the future two others will be opened. For three years this course has been the host of the Europeean Senior Final. The dress code for this club is formal as one might expect, and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. There are also limits for the level of handicap in order to play at this course. The club also offers several restaurants, a spa, beach club and business centre. For more information visit their website. The club can be found at:
Los Flamingos Golf and Country Club
Carretera de Cadíz, Km. 166
El Paraiso Golf Club
This course opened in 1973, was designed by Gary Player and consists of 18 holes designed for players of all abilities. The club house offers a wonderful restaurant with seating both indoors and outdoors, a pro shop and tuition from El Paraiso´s very own professionally. For more information visit their website or find the club at:
El Paraiso Golf Club
Urb. El Paraiso
Carretera de Cadíz, Km. 167
Tel: 952 883 835
Los Almendros Golf Club
This course was built in 1999 and designed by Bartolimé Benítez San Juan. It is a 9 hole course with areas to practice putting, driving and chipping. Classes are also available and taught by their on-site professional Diego Guerrero Gómez. For more find the club at:
Los Almendros Golf Club
Carretera de Genalguacíl, Km 3
Avenida de Andalucía, El Cerrito L. A-1
Tel: 952 113 551
La Reserva de Selwo Golf
Another golf course is the Selwo Golf Course located at the following address:
La Reserva de Selwo Golf
Urb. Terrazas del Sol S/N
Tel: 952 798 326
By Eloise Horsfield | Property News | December 29th, 2009