Best Must See and Do Things in Estepona, Spain

Estepona City Hall – beautiful, isn’t it – copyright Luzzyacentillo, Creative Commons License

Estepona, on the Costa del Sol about an hour from Malaga, is famous for its beaches and for being one of the top holiday destinations in Spain. The climate in Estepona is gorgeous with over 325 days of sun every year, making it a perfect place for a relaxing holiday.

The town also has great shopping, a beautiful marina and wonderful cafes, restaurants and bars.

Although a small town, surprising to some, there are still quite a number of interesting things to see and do. Here are the best.

Eat at Estepona’s Wonderful Restaurants – The first thing any visitor to Estepona should do is to get acquainted with the town’s wonderful restaurants.  Most restaurants are around the waterfront, or close by, and fish and seafood are some of the most popular menu items.

What is wonderful about Estepona too, is most eateries are independently-owned and run, and fast food restaurants are few and far between — making the town a great place to experience real Spanish cuisine.

Walk Around the Old Town – The old town area of Estepona is lovely. It is surrounded by whitewashed walls and packed with winding streets and small squares, where you can sit at an outdoor cafe enjoying a cafe con leche, a brandy and some of the town’s delicious tapas. There are also some wonderful boutiques and small shops, perfect for some holiday gift shopping.

Sunday Street Market – Don’t miss Estepona’s street markets.  On Wednesday, you will find the typical Spanish town market, full of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, meats, herbs and other food and household items.

On Sundays there is a street market tourists will love, packed with stalls offering jewelry, clothes, shoes, shawls, Spanish leather, pottery, food and more. It is a wonderful place to pick up a few inexpensive items to take back home for gifts.

Selwo Safari Park – One of the most-visited animal parks in the region, the Selwo Safari Park has more than 2,000 exotic animals from all over the world. They are housed in their natural habitats, so instead of seeing them stuffed in tiny cages, you can enjoy watching them strolling around large grass enclosures.

Don’t miss getting to the viewpoint, as from up there you can see the whole park. The bird canyon too is a must walk-through, as all the birds are flying around above your heads, completely unencumbered and free.