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Estepona

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Costa del Sol. However, its first inhabitants date back to the 15th century, when Henri IV of Castile conquered the region. He built the Saint Louis castle, the remains of which you can still see today. Later, the coast was fortified with new crenellated towers, one of the distinctive elements on the coast of Estepona, which strengthened the defence against the frequent attacks by Berber pirates.

Estepona gained its independence from the jurisdiction of Marbella in 1729. The city's largest monument is the Church of the Virgen de los Remedios (18th century) which combines Baroque and Colonial styles. Other places to see are the Torre del Reloj, various houses and palaces like that of the Marquis de Mondéjar and the Plaza de Toros, an arena that is characterised by its asymmetrical layout. Though it is true that Estepona does not have a rich history, it is nonetheless a pleasant little town of narrow streets, lined with whitewashed houses, where you can take a stroll and visit the lovely t own square of Plaza de las Flores.

All the elements necessary to enjoy a pleasant seaside holiday are here: 12 miles of coastline lined with beaches and hotels, a major marina and fishing port, a golf course, a scuba diving club, plus a lively nightlife.

Near the city there are two amusement parks: Selwopark (a safari in an animal park) and Prado World (a park with water activities). The most curious tourists or British crown devotees should have a quick look at the legendary rock of Gibraltar, located just 27 miles away. Finally, many agencies offer tours across the Mediterranean Sea to travel to Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla.

To see

Estepona is a good starting point if you want to travel along the route of the white villages starting from Arcos de la Frontera and finishing in Ronda. From Estepona, you can also go on more remote excursions to better discover Andalusia through the main cities of Seville, Cordoba, Granada or Malaga.

To do

If you arrive between the 3rd and 10th of July, don't miss some of the biggest festivities of the year. On the 16th of July, local people celebrate the Virgen del Carmen with a magnificent maritime procession.

pros

  • +  Near perfect weather for seaside holidays.
  • +  The proximity of the 'white villages route'.
  • +  The charm of the old town.
  • +  Gibraltar is nearby.

cons

  • -  The beaches are not the most idyllic.
  • -  Very few leisure and cultural events.
  • -  Prices tend to soar in the summer.
  • -  The airport is far.

To think about

Apart from the main sites of interest in the old district (the castle's ruins, the Plaza de las Flores and the church of the Virgen de los Remedios), you may quickly tire of the old fortifications in Estepona so don't hesitate to go on excursions to the beautiful surrounding areas.

To avoid

Although the scenery is breathtaking from the top of the famous Rock of Gibraltar, near Estepona, the aerial tramway will cost you a hefty 13.50 euros (£10) per adult return ticket. This price includes a visit to the monkey park. The view from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar spans the villages of Ronda, Benalauria and Frigiliana.

To try

Taste the goat's cheese made from the goat's milk from Estepona; this breed has won several distinction awards.

To bring back

Among the local crafts of Estepona, you will find pottery, marble statuettes, wrought iron items, cushions and wallpaper.

Weather Estepona

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Estepona . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Estepona so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Estepona , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather May
Overall rating 83/100
  • Temperature indicators 94% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 94% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 80% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 52% Windy

    High air temperature. Sea temperature between 16°C and 18°C, moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 80% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 74% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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