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Things to do in Estepona 

Estepona Harbor

Hello and welcome to our latest blog, where we want to bring you some of the highlights and top things to do in and around Estepona, the beautiful little harbor town in the Costa del Sol that we call home!

While we specialize in boat rental and sailing activities, we are excited about today’s topic. It allows us to share our passion and tips about all Estepona offers outside our specialty.

Today, we’ll explore some of the top things to do in Estepona, each offering a unique glimpse into the vibrant life of this coastal haven. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor looking to make the most of your stay, our curated list promises to guide you through the best activities and attractions this region offers. From hidden gems to popular hotspots, prepare to discover the diverse and rich experiences that make Estepona an unforgettable destination.

Explore the Old Town with a Private Tour

What better way to take in the sights and sounds of Estepona than with a private guide with our sister company, Guided Spain Tours?

Estepona is a city where history whispers from every corner; explore the winding streets of Estepona’s Old Town, a vibrant tapestry of Andalusian charm and history. As you stroll through the Plaza de las Flores, the city’s heart, your guide will unveil the stories behind this bustling square, once a meeting point for local tradespeople.

Next, you’ll discover the beautiful murals of Estepona, where art and culture fuse on city walls, narrating tales of local heritage and community spirit. The Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, an architectural marvel, will be your next stop. Here, learn about its unique blend of historical styles and its pivotal role in Estepona’s spiritual life.

Your tour is complete with a visit to the Orchidarium, a stunning botanical garden housing an exotic collection of orchids. Your guide will share insights into this urban oasis’s intricate ecosystem and significance. Throughout your journey, hidden gems of local history, culture, and architectural wonders will be revealed, making your private tour an unforgettable immersion into the soul of Estepona.

Private Charter on the Mediterranean

Experience the Mediterranean Sea with a Private Charter

While we may be biased here, there is simply no better way to spend an afternoon than gliding along the Mediterranean shores on a private boat charter.

Our range of private charter boats offers you the opportunity to experience the majestic coastline from a unique perspective. Whether you’re seeking a serene sail along the scenic waters or a luxurious adventure at sea, our diverse fleet caters to all your desires, with each journey crafted to provide an unparalleled experience on the water.

As you glide over the azure waves, bask in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, indulge in the luxury of your private vessel, and keep an eye out for the playful dolphins often spotted in these waters. 

Our expert team is dedicated to ensuring your charter experience is nothing short of extraordinary, combining comfort, style, and the thrill of exploration. Choose from our selection of elegant yachts, sleek sailboats, and spacious catamarans to create your perfect maritime adventure.

Visit the Estepona Orchidarium

Visiting the Estepona Orchidarium is a must for any traveler to the region. 

This stunning botanical garden, one of the largest in Europe, is a vibrant showcase of over 5,000 plant species, focusing on a breathtaking collection of orchids. 

With its state-of-the-art architecture, the Orchidarium features a striking glass dome that allows natural light to bathe the plants, creating an almost magical atmosphere. As you wander through this verdant paradise, you’ll be mesmerized by the dazzling array of colors and shapes, with orchids from all corners of the globe. 

The facility also boasts the largest vertical garden in Europe, adding to its ecological marvel. 

Spend a Day on one of Estepona’s Beaches.

Relaxing on Estepona’s Beaches is essential to any visit to this sun-kissed Spanish town. Estepona boasts a stunning array of beaches, each offering unique charm and beauty. Among them, Playa del Cristo and Playa La Rada stand out as jewels of the coastline. 

Spend a day lounging on the golden sands of Playa del Cristo, a cove-like beach renowned for its calm, clear waters, making it perfect for swimming and family outings. The gentle waves and shallow waters provide children with a safe and enjoyable environment, while adults can appreciate the serene ambiance and scenic views.

Alternatively, head to Playa La Rada, Estepona’s longest beach, stretching over 2.5 kilometers along the seafront. Here, you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere with a promenade lined with charming cafes and restaurants. Playa La Rada’s expansive stretch of fine sand and well-maintained facilities make it a favorite among locals and tourists. 

Whether you’re looking to relax under the sun, take a stroll along the shore, or indulge in water sports, Estepona’s beaches offer the perfect setting for a memorable day by the sea.

Banana boat Estepona

Splash Around in the Sea

This coastal town is not just about serene beaches and leisurely sails; it’s a playground for thrilling sea activities. Whether you’re a seasoned water sports enthusiast or looking to try something new, Estepona has something for everyone.

Feel the rush of the Mediterranean Sea as you zip across its surface on a jet ski, an exhilarating way to explore the coastline’s hidden coves and open waters. For those who prefer a more immersive experience, snorkeling and scuba diving in Estepona reveal an underwater world of wonder. The crystal-clear waters are home to a rich marine life, where colorful fish, intricate coral formations, and perhaps even an elusive octopus await. 

With professional guides and top-notch equipment, beginners and experienced divers can safely enjoy these underwater adventures.

Enjoy a Round of Golf

Although not one of Europe’s more famous Golf destinations, Estepona nonetheless enjoys an array of world-class golf courses. 

Estepona’s lush landscapes are the perfect backdrop for a memorable golfing experience. Notable courses include the Estepona Golf, with its sweeping fairways and stunning sea views, and the prestigious Valle Romano Golf & Resort, known for its challenging layout and impeccable greens. 

Another gem is the El Paraiso Golf Club, set amidst a picturesque valley and designed by the legendary Gary Player. Each course offers a unique blend of scenic beauty and golfing challenges, catering to players of all skill levels. 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, Estepona’s golf courses promise a day of enjoyable and rewarding play.

Discover Selwo Aventura

Selwo Aventura Park is a dynamic blend of wildlife encounters and thrilling activities set amidst a natural environment that mimics the habitats of the diverse species it houses. 

At Selwo Aventura, you’ll have the opportunity to see a wide range of animals, from majestic African elephants and graceful giraffes to intriguing reptiles and birds.

The adventure doesn’t stop at animal sightings; the park also offers exhilarating activities like zip-lining, which allows you to soar over the landscapes, offering a bird’s-eye view of the park and its inhabitants. 

Selwo Aventura is not just a zoo; it’s a place where wildlife conservation meets adventure, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a mix of education, conservation awareness, and fun.

Enjoy Estepona’s Gastronomy

Enjoy Estepona’s Gastronomy by delving into the rich and flavorful world of local Andalusian cuisine. 

Estepona’s culinary scene is a delightful exploration for food enthusiasts, offering a wide range of dining experiences. The town is dotted with charming restaurants and tapas bars, each presenting its own spin on traditional dishes. 

Savor the fresh seafood, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, cooked to perfection with local herbs and spices. Indulge in classic tapas like ‘gambas al ajillo’ (garlic prawns) or ‘jamón ibérico’ (Iberian ham), paired with a glass of fine Spanish wine. 

The town’s eateries range from cozy, family-run establishments to sophisticated gourmet restaurants, all serving up the authentic flavors of Andalusia.

Visit the Local Markets

These markets are bustling hubs where you can find an array of fresh produce, artisan crafts, and unique goods. Stroll through the colorful stalls at the weekly outdoor market, where local vendors offer everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to handcrafted jewelry and clothing. 

It’s a perfect opportunity to sample the local flavors, with stalls selling homemade olives, cheeses, and other delicacies. The indoor Mercado de Abastos, known for its fresh seafood, is a must-visit for those who love to cook or appreciate the freshest ingredients. 

Exploring these markets is not just about shopping; it’s about engaging with the community, learning about local traditions, and experiencing the lively atmosphere that makes Estepona truly special.

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