Estepona, just to the west of Marbella, is one of the most charming towns on the Costa del Sol. Marbella’s sometimes forgotten neighbour covers a municipal area of 137 km2 and is bordered by an impressive mountain range that protects the town from extreme temperatures and thereby creates a pleasant microclimate all year round.
An idyllic place, bathed by more than 21 kilometres of Mediterranean Sea, where summers are warm and winters are mild. The cosmopolitan and traditional nature of its people makes it an ideal place to live, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Andalusian life style. Perfectly connected to the most emblematic and must see cities such as Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Ronda as well as less than 1 hour from the international airport of Málaga Pablo Picasso.
The Costa del Sol is a paradise for golfers. More than 70 golf courses between Malaga and Sotogrande make the COSTA DEL SOL the leading golf travel destination in Europe. This has earned the area the nickname of COSTA DEL GOLF. In addition to its top-notch infrastructure for golfers, The Costa del Sol is blessed with a pleasant weather that invites them to play all year round.
The old town of Estepona has maintained all the character of the original Spanish pueblo with narrow streets designed for horses rather than cars and a wide selection of bars and bodegas offering traditional Spanish Fayre. The paseo maritimo has undergone a total overhaul in recent years and now gives the town a smart and clean interface with the beaches and the Mediterranean. There are numerous quality beach bars and restaurants.
On the west side of the town lays the marina. Although a smaller scale and less glamorous than Puerto Banus it has a great atmosphere and is surrounded by restaurants and bars. At night the pace quickens with numerous clubs giving a lively party atmosphere.
The beautiful beaches that stretch from the Puerto Deportivo (port) through the town centre coastal boundary and on towards Marbella along the New Golden Mile have always drawn in the crowds. They are beautifully maintained during the summer months and lined with a wide range of different beach bars and restaurants.
Either side of Estepona there are to be found some of the Costa del Sol's finest hotels. Behind Estepona there is one of the coast’s tallest and most striking mountains – a crimson red, perfectly conical mound of rock that glimmers in the sunlight at the heart of the Sierra Bermeja and really draws the eye.
The eastern and western outskirts of town are markedly different. To the east – which is closer to Marbella and the true 'heart' of the Costa del Sol – there is a surfers’-style beach bar, a Carrefour superstore, a Drive Thru McDonalds and the chic Laguna Village beach club and shopping centre; while the remoter western fringe is home to the fishing harbour, tapas bars, flamenco bars and residential towers. The difference is quite striking, yet Estepona is comfortable with both.
The newer residential developments on the northern outskirts of town prove particularly popular and affordable, delivering lovely views and great access either into town, down to Gibraltar or back toward Marbella. Amenities of note include the gleaming Hospital Hospiten Estepona, the Children's Place bilingual nursery, Bede's Grammar School and the ITV Centre (where all vehicle MOTs for the region are issued). Convenient, friendly and delivering a great mix of Spanish culture and international bluster, Estepona has it all.
There’s no doubt that Estepona is a town on the up, with a very exciting future for holidaymakers, residents and investors ─ and some of the most exciting new developments as well as great real estate opportunities.
NEW GOLDEN MILE. The New Golden Mile is the stretch between San Pedro in Marbella and the East part of Estepona. The beaches along the New Golden Mile are notorious for its fine golden sand and the clear waters of the Mediterranean.
The New Golden Mile has evolved over the past couple of decades and as many of the resorts along the Costa del Sol; it is divided into two geographical areas: a beachside and a hillside location and offers a variety of complexes and residential areas to cater for all budgets and likes
The development of this area was carefully planned, without any high-rise constructions and respecting the environment, nothing was built too close to the shore, thus making it a sought after area to buy property.
The New Golden Mile appeals to families and retired people alike because of its location and for being situated less than 10 minutes' drive to buzzy Marbella and the more traditional Estepona.
The New Golden Mile is home to several new developments and is not fully consolidated yet in some areas. There are mixes of beachside luxury complexes and holiday resorts as well as very established residential areas of villas, apartments and townhouses