Estepona

Climate

Estepona has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with dry summers and mild, humid winters. The average low during the coldest month of January is 10 °C/51 °F. The average high during the hottest month of August is 30 °C/86 °F. The city enjoys around 2,800 to 3,000 sunshine hours per year, which means there are ample opportunities to sunbathe on the terrace or patio, go to the beach, discover local places of interest, or enjoy a round of golf on one of the many surrounding courses. Winter temperatures are often very mild, so don’t be surprised to find yourself enjoying some beach days even in January or February.

Demographics

Estepona's total inhabitants within the municipality are estimated at around 75,000, a majority of whom are Spanish, which makes the town perfect for enjoying authentic Andalusian culture. The ex-pat population comprises a good mix of different nationalities, with the British, Dutch, and Germans making up the largest groups.

Economy

The town's economic ingredients consist of agriculture, fishing, stock-breeding, tourism, golf, and construction. The tourism here is mainly residential tourism, where the presence of ex-pats has increased local employment and small commercial and retail activities.

Beaches

Many of the town's beaches have blue flag status for their high standards of cleanliness. Additionally, they also have good facilities, including showers, children’s facilities, water sports, chiringuitos, and restaurants. Estepona's popular beaches include the long, golden-sanded La Rada and the cove-sheltered El Cristo.

Schools and Colleges

The private San Jose school is in the town itself, while the private Marbella University can be reached by a short drive.

Leisure Amenities

Estepona offers a wealth of outdoor activities including eight nearby golf courses (and many others within an hour's drive) Estepona Golf, El Paraiso Golf Club, and Valle Romano course. It is also within a short drive of Finca Cortes in Golf and Valderrama Golf.

The Estepona Marina offers a range of water sports such as scuba diving, jet-skiing, and sailing. Other activities include Selvo Aventura, The Orchid House and Botanical gardens, “Los Pedragales” park for hiking, picnics, and strolls, and "Escuela de Arte Ecuestre", Europe’s largest equestrian school.

Medical Facilities

The town has excellent medical centres and facilities, including the private Estepona - Cenyt Hospital. Nearby Marbella offers a variety of private medical amenities, which are easily accessible from Estepona.

Shopping

The Polynesian-style Laguna Beach Village Complex on the Estepona New Golden Mile near the beach is the place for luxury shopping and designer brands.

Puerto Banus and Marbella, both of which are easily accessible by car, also have numerous designer stores that retail well-known brands. El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus and La Canada in Marbella are the best large (covered) shopping centers.

Restaurants

The town has many exquisite rooftop wine bars, bodegas, tapas bars, and pizzerias. Nearby, Marbella has a fine selection of Michelin Star Restaurants such as La Milla, BiBo, Lobito de Mar, Leña Marbella, Erre & Urrechu, Boho Club, and Back!

 


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