Spain's stunning Costa del Sol is one of the crown jewels of the gorgeous Andalusia region. From the sandy coastline to cities like historic Málaga and bustling Marbella, there's always an incredible adventure just waiting for you. The same is true of the stunning seaside city of Estepona. Historical attractions, a lovely atmosphere, and beaches that shine even within the Costa del Sol are all yours to experience with a stay in one of our incredible vacation rentals!
With a population of just 58,000, Estepona lacks the densely-packed atmosphere of larger cities like Marbella. However, a leisurely town isn't such a bad thing - especially when there's so much history and culture to absorb! Step out from your vacation rental and spend some time relaxing in one of the town's many squares, from the enchanting Plaza de las Flores to the more austere Plaza Marques de Valterra.
After a bite to eat in a nearby café (the Heladería Vitin has a great view of the fountain!) you can stretch your legs and take in some culture. The Museo Paleontológico de Estepona provides a fascinating look at the region's natural history, while the Centro Historico de Estepona takes you through the restored Roman architecture of the city's old town.
Snap a quick photo by the towering Faro de Punta Doncella lighthouse and head off to the beach just a short walk away! Nearly a mile of golden sands and gentle blue waves await you at Playa de la Rada, Estepona's main beach. Swimming, beachcombing, or just taking in the sun are all lovely activities for passing the time, and the nearby Avenida España is lined with shops and restaurants!
If you'd like something less crowded, the small cove of Playa del Cristo is just to the west. There are more ways to experience the sand and surf than on your own two feet - companies in town offer everything from dune buggies for tearing up the eastern sands and heart-pounding activities like kite- and windsurfing to relaxed, leisurely boat tours.
The main draw nearby has to be the city of Marbella. Over twice as large as Estepona, this bustling port town has a wide variety of restaurants and shops to visit, including the famous shopping venues of Puerto Banus. It's all just 17 miles to the east, with Málaga, the birthplace of world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso, just 17 miles farther.
If you'd prefer something more naturalistic for your day trip, head north to the peaceful greenery of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja National Park, just 11 miles away. Another option for organized entertainment the whole family will love is venturing to the safari park, Selwo Aventura, just seven miles to the northeast.
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