Welcome to the south of Spain! Well, we can only bring you halfway there in this article, the rest is up to you! In this article, we share all the beautiful insights that Estepona has to offer. Moreover, we show our luxury property hotlist for buyers in 2022. Let's go!
Estepona, originally a sleepy fishing and farming village, has grown into a thriving community and popular tourist destination west of San Pedro, near Casares and Manilva. Despite its popularity with tourists, it has managed to keep much of its native Spanish character and provides a more conventional vacation experience than its more glamorous neighbours further along the coast.
Estepona is 33 kilometres west of Marbella and about an hour's drive from the Pablo Picasso International Airport in Málaga. The municipality of Estepona runs from the A7 junction of San Pedro and Benahavis at the Guadalmina river to the Sabanillas entrance.
Estepona has something for everyone: a historic center, kilometres of golden-sand beaches, the Sierra Bermeja mountains, and some of the best-value places on the Costa del Sol for property ownership.
Estepona dubbed the "Garden of the Costa del Sol," has witnessed a transition in the last decade, evolving from a sleepy hamlet on the outskirts of Malaga province into a popular tourist and residential destination in its own right. The Junta de Andalucia proclaimed it a Tourism Municipality in 2020, with a population of 70,000 inhabitants.
Estepona, in a privileged setting, captivates its visitors in every nook. Its refurbished old town, one of Andalusia's most beautiful, offers tourists the chance to enjoy a real urban garden, “The Costa del Sol Garden”.
Its labyrinth of white streets, adorned with picturesque flowerpots in bloom, give it the essence of a coastal Andalusian town. It conserves its customs and traditions in perfect, harmonious coexistence with its more modern, tourist appearance.
Old Town of Estepona
If you go through the ancient neighbourhood, you'll encounter steep, cobblestone alleyways that transport you to a more real Spain. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the Plaza de las Flores in the heart of town while watching the world go by, or take a stroll along the winding streets to browse the many little stores and cafés. For those interested in learning more about the history of Estepona, the Municipal Museum in the former bullring is a fun way to spend a couple of hours browsing the exhibits, which date back 100,000 years to the Palaeolithic age.
Estepona's magnificent Orchidarium has over 4,000 different orchid species, making it Europe's largest.
The Iglesia de los Remedios in Plaza San Francisco, which dates from the 13th century, the Clock Tower, and the ruins of the Castillo of San Luis are all worth seeing. The Exhibition and Congress Center, located on a tree-lined boulevard outside of town, holds a variety of events throughout the year, from its annual dog show to 'The Over 50's Show' and other special interest events.
The Marina of Estepona, with its 447 moorings, is the favourite of those seeking leisure and entertainment in the evening, especially when the summer months arrive. A walk through its interior is the perfect start before knowing at first hand some of the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs that are around.
Other leisure centre of Estepona designed for the whole family is Selwo Aventura, a zoo that becomes a kind of safari jeep that runs alongside more than 2,000 animals of 200 different species. To enrich the visit, the route is through four different villages: Pórtico de la Naturaleza (Portico of Nature), Cañón de las Aves (Bird Canyon), Ruta de los Valles (Route of the Valleys) and the El Poblado Central (Central Village). The Contact with animals and large playgrounds make Selwo Aventura, a favourite plan for the younger ones of the house.
San Isidro Labrador's municipal park, known locally as Los Pedregales, is located at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountain and features a rural complex, camping, BBQ places, artificial lakes, and lovely woodland walks. Close to Estepona, the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol is also worth a visit. The covered exercise ring, which seats 1200 people and combines instruction, entertainment, and culture in a unique setting, is a terrific venue to see events and horse competitions. On a nice day, Selwo Aventura, located on the A7 between San Pedro and Estepona, is a must-see sight for the youngsters. Visitors can observe over 2000 animals from over 200 species and enjoy a hands-on petting zoo and a 44-mile off-road safari adventure at this large outdoor wildlife park with over 100 hectares of open-air area.
Estepona's coastline spans for 21 kilometers and features some of the greatest beaches in the area, with huge lengths of sand, clear water, and excellent facilities. Visitors can relax in the sun or participate in a variety of activities such as children's play areas, pedalos, and beach volleyball on one of the 17 beaches available. Due to its easy accessibility and blue flag classification, La Rada is the largest and most popular beach in Estepona. If you're searching for somewhere a little more private, head west of Estepona harbor to the sheltered cove of Playa El Cristo. There are many chiringuitos along the coast, including Palm Beach and Blue Dolphin on the way to Estepona, as well as more upscale establishments like as Tikitano or the Laguna Village complex, which has numerous stores, restaurants, and the chic Puro Beach Club.
Estepona boasts a wonderful promenade that is alive with activity at all hours of the day and night. Children's play areas, exercise equipment, monuments, fountains, rides, restaurants, and stores may all be found throughout the town's length. Estepona Marina is a popular spot for visitors to roam during the day and for party goers to drink and dance till the early hours of the morning in the many clubs and discos located just 5 minutes from the town center on the western end of the seashore. The quayside is lined with restaurants and pubs selling everything from conventional Spanish food to unique regional cuisine.
In the town center of Estepona, you'll find a variety of stores selling everyday necessities, groceries, and tourist souvenirs. Alternatively, for a more traditional shopping experience, go to the indoor market near the castle ruins, which opens every morning. Laguna Village, on the beach near San Pedro, features a decent range of high-end stores selling anything from designer clothing to home goods.
Top golf clubs such as Estepona Golf, La Serena, Atalaya Golf, and El Paraiso, which was created by Gary Player, are among the many athletic facilities available in Estepona. In Estepona, horse lovers can choose from a variety of facilities, including many riding schools that teach students of various ages and skills.
Luxury real estate Estepona: 2022 hotlist
1. Luxury Beachfront apartments for sale on a prime location in Estepona
With 14 rare prime masterpieces, this new development in Estepona elevates living to a new level of genuinely extraordinary luxury. These spectacular residences, located on the Mediterranean's coastlines and surrounded by nature's abundance, provide direct access to the beach and stunning panoramic sea views provided by the outstanding floor-to-ceiling picture windows.
All of the inside rooms have a lot of living space and access to wrap-around private patios, some of which have an infinity pool. Featuring best-in-class finishes and cutting-edge technology, it was designed and built to the greatest of standards. In its own right, Sapphire Beach is an iconic, energy-efficient, and spectacular property.
2. Tropical & luxury apartments for sale in Estepona (Panoramic sea views!)
This private and gated community with a superior idea of security and luxury is protected by the Sierra Bermeja mountain range and is bathed in the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine. The gorgeous contemporary apartments of this newly built development are spread among one, two, and three-story buildings, with two, three, and four-bedroom houses available.
There are spaces ranging in size from 115,21 sqm to 311,32 sqm, with a patio or garden and parking. Each unit features a well-thought-out and expansive floor plan, as well as high-quality construction and a wide range of interior and external finishes. The new property will be guarded and secure 24 hours a day, ensuring utmost privacy and discretion for the community's residents and visitors. When you first walk into the community, you'll notice the wide-open natural spaces that surround a large pool area. There will be numerous more water features, all of which will be encircled by a landscaped garden populated with mature trees of various varieties, giving the impression of a residential complex entirely immersed in and blending in with its natural surroundings.
The luxury properties have panoramic views of the sea and mountains. To build efficient homes, the developers used high-end construction materials and advanced construction procedures. The construction design elegantly blends clean and modern lines with classic Andalusian designs, and the community will be packed with resort-style amenities to maximize the living experience that its owners and guests will have. The interiors will feature modern kitchens with white cabinets and counters, as well as clean lines and modern finishing touches throughout the bathrooms. Given that most residences will have a south or south-west facing orientation, ground floor units will have their own private gardens from which to enjoy the sunny weather throughout the day. This development is conveniently placed near a variety of local amenities, including golf courses and commercial malls. The beach is only a 10-minute drive away, while Estepona's centre is a 15-minute drive away.
3. Luxury town apartments in the heart of Estepona
Welcome to the city centre of Estepona. This is a new project consisting of 110 homes, located in the heart of Estepona.
The location means that it is within walking distance to all local amenities and the beaches of Estepona. The project will consist of two phases: phase one with 65 homes and phase two with 45. The properties in phase one will range from one to four bedrooms.
Common areas will include a large swimming pool, paddle tennis court, children's play area and lush gardens. Garden apartments and penthouses will also include a private pool. Properties will include fully equipped kitchens, pre-installed air conditioning, parking space, 24-hour security. The buildings will be south-facing to take full advantage of the Mediterranean climate. Sizes range from 49m² to 120m², with terrace sizes ranging from 11m² to 160m². Prices start from only 149,000 euros.
The best neighbourhoods of Estepona
Here's a virtual tour of Estepona, featuring eight of the most sought-after neighbourhoods for people wishing to buy a home here to live year-round or for vacations. If it's any indication, we moved here almost 20 years ago to start our firm and wouldn't consider living anywhere else on the Costa del Sol.
1. Estepona Old Town
Estepona Old Town has it all: elegance, amenities, and a beach right outside your door.
The Old Town is a tangle of cobblestone walkways and quiet squares surrounded by whitewashed buildings and colourful potted flowers. Much of the region, which spreads back from the Paseo Maritimo and Playa de la Rada, has changed dramatically in the last ten years. Many streets are now pedestrianized, allowing pubs and restaurants to expand their outside dining spaces and new shops to open their doors to the public.
Properties available range from building plots and older houses for renovation, resale and new-build apartments and penthouses, some with sea views, and fully restored townhouses, many with patios and roof terraces, are among the properties available. There are also larger structures with economic development possibilities. Prices start in the low six figures, however, they are becoming more difficult to come across and can reach over a million euros.
From a pine-forested hillside, Seghers offers coastal views and services.
The residential neighbourhood of Seghers, located west of Estepona's centre, is characterized by low-density buildings with a mix of small- to medium-sized villas and townhouse projects. The region is conveniently accessible to facilities in the port and home to the Jardn de Seghers nursery school and Babylon sports club and is only a short walk from the blue-flagged Playa del Cristo beach and surrounded by green spaces. Seghers is Estepona's unique residential area with panoramic sea views, putting homeowners within walking distance of the beach, medieval town centre, and marina.
3. El Padron and Benamara
On the New Golden Mile, El Padron and Benamara provide beachfront and countryside experiences.
The New Golden Mile, which stretches down the coast towards San Pedro de Alcántara to the east of the Old Town, connects Estepona to all of the facilities of the Costa del Sol while also providing residents with privileged access to natural attractions such as calm beaches and verdant valleys. El Padrón, which is situated between the Padrón and the Ro Castor rivers, has kept a genuine flavour of country life, whereas Benamara is only a few steps away from the Playa Saladillo dunes.
4. Casasola and El Paraiso
Casasola and El Paraiso are two different luxury dwelling options in Estepona. Located further east and near to San Pedro de Alcántara, are two of Estepona's most prestigious residential areas. Casasola is tucked away near the Guadalmina River, neighbouring the Hotel Guadalmina Spa and Golf Resort, and offers convenient access to the beaches as well as a variety of local amenities. El Paraiso, nestled in the hills and valleys north of the N340 coast road, is home to golf and country clubs.
Views to die for
In these locations, there are housing alternatives to suit practically everyone, including luxury projects and townhouses, as well as modern villas in Casasola, some of which have front-line plots. Buyers in El Paraiso can select between urbanized apartments and high-end single-family homes. In all neighbourhoods, asking prices for the most desirable residences might surpass ten million euros.
5. Las Mesas, Estepona
Las Mesas is one of the newest neighbourhoods of Estepona. It is located a stone's through away from the busy and vibrant port of Estepona. Las Mesas is an elevated area, close to all amenities, with a stunningly designed park featured in the centre of the area. Many properties in Las Mesas offer panoramic sea views. On clear days you enjoy the sights of Gibraltar, and even Africa on the best days. Luxury properties are available. The Mesas area offers luxury apartments and penthouses for sale. Prices range between 500K to 1.5M for the most luxurious properties. It is close to its neighbouring area, Seghers. Yet, Las Mesas offers only new build properties, which are currently under construction or developer over the last 2 years. This area is very popular with Nordic buyers (Swedish, Danish, Norwegians), as well as people from Belgium and The Netherlands.
My name is David Martin and I am real estate specialist for the Marbella area who you can deal with in Czech/English. I have 16 years experience in real estate on the Costa Del Sol and am dual nationality British/Czech. I look forward to working on your behalf.
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