Estepona is located at the western end of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains,
about 30 km west of Marbella.
It is a more Spanish resort although it has become more popular in the past few years
with visiting family holidays makers and expat residents alike.
Estepona boasts a long promenade studded with flowers and palms and a fine sandy beach, away from the seafront,
the old town is very pretty, with cobbled alleyways and two delightful plazas. The fish market is definitely worth seeing: Estepona has the biggest fishing fleet west of Malaga, and the daily dawn ritual in the port.
At the beginning of July, the Fiesta y Feria week transforms the place, bringing out whole families in flamenco-style garb. Beyond Estepona, 8 km along the coast, there’s a minor road leading into the hills to Casares, one of the classic Andaluz white towns as it clings tenaciously to a steep hillside below a castle.
Further west, 3 km inland from the village of Manilva, are some remarkably well-preserved Roman sulphur baths.
If you want to partake of these health-giving waters you’ll have to be prepared to dive into a subterranean cavern and to put up with the overpowering stench of sulphur.