What to expect from a holiday in Estepona?
If you have not been to Estepona before, maybe you have been recommended it as a holiday destination or read about it? It keeps popping up in the news lately due to an unfortunate incident involving a slide!
Estepona is a unique place, if you follow us here at Dolphin you will know that we love it, it is our home and we feel very lucky to be here. So once you are here what will you find?
The beaches in Estepona are stunning, you have the choice of the two main beaches which are La Rada (situated in front of the town centre) and Christos. Whereas La Rada is long and spacious, Christos is a picturesque cove but prone to been very busy. Christos is particularly good for young children as it is shallow and usually very calm.
Now, Estepona is not full of rocking nightlife, If you want to party I would recommend Marbella or further down the coast at Benalmadena. What you will find though, are loads of lovely bars and restaurants which stay open till late in the summer months.
If you really insist on a party, the port area has a couple of bars which turn into small nightclubs. This is where the Spanish go to party, and be prepared to finish the night in the early hours.
The summer calendar of events has been growing in the last few years, and actually now stretches throughout the year. Virtually every weekend, there is something happening in town, either a sporting event, art exhibitions, flamenco displays or entertainment shows, all the events are free and a great way to pass a summer or even winter evening.
Estepona is very much a authentic Spanish town, between the hours of 2 to 5 the high street is dead. All closed up for siesta time. At 5pm, everything once again bursts into life, and the day continues till 8/9 o´clock.
Festivals are a big part of Spanish culture, and they take place throughout the year. The biggest being Easter, Three Kings, San Juan and Virgin de Carmen. However, there are other smaller festivals throughout the year, twice a year in Estepona the Feria (fair) comes to town.
This is a huge event in Estepona, both visits warrant a bank holiday. The first visit takes place in May and is for the festival of San Isidro (the saint of agriculture). The feria itself takes place on the feria ground, which can be found just outside of town, and is a full on fair which runs until the early hours of the morning.
Amazing food and drink
As we have already said, Estepona is full of great restaurants and bars. The range of food is impressive, though the real treats are in the authentic Spanish restaurants. Whether you fancy a full-on three course dinner or tapas, there are some great places to try.
My top recommendations are La Galeria (for tapas or main courses), La Rada (for a special meal) and Pacos, (our current favourite chiringuito).
A warm welcome
One thing you can always be sure of in Estepona, is a fantastic warm welcome. The people of Estepona are incredibly special, they are happy to have you here and if you try a few words of Spanish it´s even better.