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Estepona Resort Information, Costa del Sol Estepona is located on the coast and has it own port 'Puerto de Estepona', set in-between Sotogrande and Puerto Banus. The nearest golf course is 'Estepona' a short drive away and you can also play at Coto La Serena, Montemayor, los Flamingos and Paraiso. Estepona on the Costa del Sol is located just off the N-340.

Estepona is a hour and a quarter's drive from Málaga airport, this resort is extremely popular with tourists worldwide and has undergone a number of improvements in recent years although these developments have not been as heavy-duty "face-lifts" as Marbella and Benalmádena. Estepona has kept to her Spanish charm and laid-back ambience.

Apart from the beach and long, scenic promenade, which stretches the length of the town, the main feature here, is the port.

Estepona, in common with most of the other coastal towns, always has been a fishing village and this port combines the new sports marina with its leisure cruisers and the old fishing port with its more modest wooden boats which are still used even today. Every week the port holds a Sunday morning market, which proves popular and contains stalls, which stock everything from, cheap clothes to Moroccan rugs and other interesting things. The port has numerous restaurants, so after a walk around the marina you can enjoy some of the local seafood dishes for which Estepona is well known for, the resort is not the cheapest but the food is top class.

Headed back into the town centre and you will find numerous restaurants, which serve fantastic fish platters for very little cost. Many of these are located in Calle San Lorenzo, near the fountains of Avenida Juan Carlos, which is still a very Spanish area of Estepona and contains many old houses, which are in an excellent state of preservation. Many have been home to the same families for centuries.

The old part of Estepona town is very charming in the best Mediterranean tradition. The Plaza de Las Flores in the centre of town is a small, serene little square with restaurants and bars which attract a decent percentage of the local population and from where one can watch the Spaniards go about their daily lives. For those of you who enjoy the contrast between tradition and technology, this is a favourite venue for the elderly population of Estepona, who occupy the benches in the plaza and debate the state of the world, while the Estepona radio and TV stations broadcast from an historic building in the same square!

For the more energetic visitor there is the usual range of water sports and the superb new Estepona Equestrian Centre can offer riding lessons as well as excellent food. Back at the port it is also possible to hire a boat and spend a day fishing for the massive tuna, which thrive locally.

The water park, Prado World, is located on the CN-340 towards San Pedro where kids of all ages always enjoy an afternoon on the water-slides. If the thought of doing anything strenuous doesn't fit in with your idea of a holiday, though, it's very easy to while away a few days on one of Estepona's several beaches. La Rada, which is the main stretch of sand, is so long that even in the height of summer it never seems crowded.

Typically nightlife in the area doesn't start until well after midnight and it's all too easy literally to dance until dawn. The port is the meeting point for the international crowds on a night out, although all the best bars and clubs can be found in the narrow streets of the old town. The difference between the two locations is that prices in the town are far more reasonable because they are largely patronised by the local population who won't tolerate so-called tourist prices and the front line port bars cater for visitors who are less inclined to query cost. You will find that a popular Saturday night out for Spanish teenagers is to buy disposable plastic cups, alcohol and mixers at supermarket prices then head to the port where they hang out around the fishermen’s' huts talking, drinking and enjoying the music which is blaring from their cars' stereo systems as well as numerous clubs.

Estepona has other features such as the Palacio de Congresos, or conference centre, where cultural and commercial exhibitions are held and the Carrefour hypermarket, which is both, located at the town entrance. There is also the Estepona bullring, which promotes bullfights on many Sundays during the summer. All in all the town is charming and multi-faceted, with something for everyone and makes a welcome change from the other more densely populated and commercialised areas of the Coast.
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