Despite Estepona being a short distance from Marbella, has remained quintessentially Spanish. Bedecked with flowers it´s numerous plazas sport a mouth-watering array of restaurants to delight even the most discerning palate. Boutique hotels full of character abound and stand companiably alongside residential properties and sole trader shops which differ markedly from the predictable outlets to be found in some over-commercialized Spanish coastal towns.
mentioned in Laurie Lee´s “As I walked Out Early One Morning” set in 1934 and pre the Spanish Civil War to a bustling town but is still very much underpinned by it´s clear sense of Spanishness.
A walk along its spectacular promenade brings one slap, bang to a row of family owned and no doubt jealously guarded fishing huts where local families meet, cook meals, talk, mend nets, relax and store fishing paraphernalia pretty much as they have done for hundreds of years. At the end of this row of huts stands a local fish restaurant which I suspect hasn´t changed its décor since its conception but boasts the best fish dinners for miles and is always choc-a-block with, largely Spanish customers all talking ten to a dozen and creating a wonderful, convivial din.
A well-established port town, Estepona boasts a lovely marina and hosts a jostling Sunday market, always well attended and full of life. All around the market are bars and restaurants all vying for the holiday maker´s trade and it all makes for a lively and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Sited about 35 minutes drive to the west of Estepona lies the British Protectorate of Gibraltar, enjoying a booming economy since the relaxation of gambling laws and offering superb shopping, dining and an abundance of bars and nightclubs to quicken the pulse of the young and the not so young but young at heart, alike.
Gibraltar has a newly modernized airport and is very conveniently placed to serve Estepona. And, Malaga Airport is just 40 minutes drive to its east, so getting to this delightful coastal town is extremely easy and scenically breathtaking and, don´t forget, glitzy, glamorous Marbella with its wonderful shops, bars and restaurants is only a 25 minute drive away.
With the tensions wrought by the Middle East´s ´Arab Spring´, Estepona offers a haven of safety, sea, sun and relaxation; remains largely unspoiled and is increasingly being viewed as a terrific property investment opportunity. As the safe, sea and sun holiday destinations market has shrunk there has been a marked increase in the demand for Spanish southern coastal holiday rentals and long term properties for those who want to make this oasis a permanent home or simply want to retire to somewhere where there is guaranteed sunshine 300 days of the year and is close to all amenities.