Created by Alejandra Larade
Estopona is part of Costa del Sol, and is the most westerly of the fishing villages. It has a coastline of 21 kms, which makes it a favorite as a holiday destination. This large town has an old quarter of narrow streets and bars, which retains all of the Andalucian charm and character with shopping and picturesque squares. You can stroll down the cobbled narrow streets, and along the promenade. The closest stations are Fuengirola, just 40 km east, or San Roque-La 40 km west. As part of the Costa del Sol, Estepona is shielded by the Sierra Nevada, and has some mild winters and hot summers. During the summer the sandy beaches are always busy with locals and tourists enjoying the sun, the view, and relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea. The Puerto Deportivo is the place to be to experience the nightlife of Estopona. During the weekend the area is filled with lights, all restaurants and bars are open, some of them till sunrise. This white walled town conserves its village charm. Here is a detail of the best beaches of Estepona:
Playa de la Rada Beach
This is the most popular beach of Estepona, stretching in a long and modern seafront promenade for about 1.5 miles of golden sand. It has a Marina and a lighthouse, situated at the west end of this beach. Has easy access with close parking lots, some gardens, and children’s play areas. There are also many chiringuitos (beach bars) along the seafront serving traditional seafood such as paella, sardines, and other delicious dishes that you can enjoy. You can also practice windsurfing and kayaking. It has all necessary infrastructure: lifeguards, showers, and deck chairs.
Playa del Cristo (The Christ Beach)
Located in a nice sheltered cove, and just outside Estepona, this beach is ideal for families with children. It gets deeper gently, which gives you plenty of space for children to play, before becoming too deep and dangerous. It’s one of the most popular beaches and gets sometimes very busy during the summer. It has two chiringuitos (snack bar with drinks, tapas and meals) where you can delight with some snacks, and has some music playing. The sea on this area is warmer than in the surrounding areas due to the protection of the cove. There is a lifeguard on duty, and showers during the summertime, and jet-skis for hire. This beach has been awarded by the European Blue Flag due to its cleanliness and safety.
Playa el Padron (El Padron Beach)
A popular beach east of the Rio Padron (Padron River), with a large parking lot, and two chiringuitos (beach bars). It has an upscale shopping centre with decoration and fashion shops. There are also several restaurants with different cuisines, Tapas bars, and cafes, which makes it more attractive. This beach has some areas covered in shade where you can take cover from the sun. Recognized by the European Blue Flag for its cleanliness and safety, it’s also one of the most popular during the summer. Accessible with showers, lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent, and jet-skis for hire as well.
Costa Natura Beach
Located on the West side of Estepona, here you’ll find some grey sand and few rocks. This is a popular public nudist beach for locals and tourists from all over Europe. Has a chiringuito (beach bar), showers, sun beds and umbrellas for rent. Behind the public beach there is a members-only nudist village with swimming pool and restaurant, with a day pass membership available. It has also easy access to a parking lot.
Playa Duquesa (Duquesa Beach)
West of Estepona, with several chiringuitos (beach bars), providing great food and drinks. It has a beautiful marina, considered one of the best marinas in Europe. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent. There are some delicious seafood restaurants around for you to indulge in a savory meal. Very close to this beach you can find Castillo de la Duquesa (Duchess Castle), which is a fascinating 18th century fortress, and one of the most extensive in Andalucía.
Playa Sotogrande (Sotogrande Beach)
You can catch a glimpse of some famous celebrities strolling along the beach. Located west of Estepona, it has two famous chiringuitos (beach bars): El Octogono and El Cucurucho, offering beach side facilities, such as swimming pools, restaurants and activities.
Playa Saladillo (Saladillo Beach)
This is one of the longest beaches in this area, with more than 3.5 miles of fine grey sand. You can enjoy some peaceful strolls along the seashore, as it is very quiet and clean, and usually doesn’t get too crowded. You can have a delicious meal at “La Antigua”, or at “Pepe’s Beach” restaurants. It has all necessary infrastructure: lifeguards, showers, chiringuitos (beach bars), jet-ski rentals, playgrounds, and deck chairs.
Costa de la Luz (Coast of the Light)
Enjoy these golden sand beaches backed by sand dunes located west of Estepona. Ideal for wind and kite surfing, many adventurous visitors visit to try these water sports.
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