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Located between the mountains and the sea, Estepona is another of the Costa del Sol's great bastions. Its beaches and marina offer the visitor the chance to enjoy nautical pursuits. The mountains, famed for the presence of forests of Spanish fir, have been declared a Nature Reserve. The town itself boasts monuments of great significance, such as the Virgen de los Remedios Parish Church, the Clock Tower and the ruined walls of the 15th-century castle. Selwo Theme Park is a must for safari lovers and is recommended for all ages. The school of Equestrian Arts is another example of the interesting recreational opportunities Estepona has to offer.

With an overall population of 37,000, the "old town", as it's known, is quite a hive of activity. Estepona is one of the few coastal towns, that, whilst providing tourist facilities, maintains it's original charm and character. The numerous street cafés and tapas bars still serve authentic Spanish delicacies. The hilly, cobbled, very narrow streets are more used by horses than cars. You'll find unusual shops and bodegas where you'd least expect them, very inviting ,very friendly and very cheap!

Its essential economic sources were for years, the fishing, agriculture and cattle, and even today, remain some of those economic factors, though tourism has become the main one, due to its wonderful climate, well kept beaches, such as La Rada and Cristo Beach, and an extraordinary tourist offer, which comprise from golf courses and pleasure crafts harbour to its fantastic hotels and restaurants, as well as urbanizations, houses and villas complexes, making Estepona the chosen city of thousands of tourists every year, and the elected place of fixed residence for many of them.

The gastronomy is, of course, affected by its maritime environment enriched by its tasty vegetables, so it is easy to find the savoury grilled sardines (espetos) with the varying of the Moorish style, salmorejo, anchovies salad, grilled pimentos salad, tomato soup, and many more different plates.

Its excellent shops, kept by professionals of high category, and the special amicability of this town towards its visitors, make Estepona a marvellous election for the most particular tourist.


ESTEPONA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
USEFUL ADDRESSES TRANSPORT
Tourist Oficce: Avda. de España, s/n (952 800 913)
E-mail:
Málaga Train Station (RENFE): Information (902 240 202), Customer service (952 128 267)
Town Hall: 952 801 100 Bus Station: 952 800 249
Local Police: 952 800 243/952 808 040 Radio-Taxi: 952
Health centre
Information:
952 801 084
Emergencies (24 hours): 952 800 683
Appointments:
952 792 877/952 792 176
 
Casa de la Cultura: 952 791 571 Málaga Airport: 952 048 804/952 048 844
IBERIA: 952 136 166/952 136 167
Post Oficce: 952 800 537
RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS HISTORICAL MONUMENTS
  Municipal Museum: Plaza de Toros. Culture Delegation. Estepona Town Hall. Tel: 952 805 709. Open from Monday to Friday from 11,00 to 14,00 hours and from 17,30 to 20,00 hours. Weekend from 11.00 to 14.00 hours.
LEISURE TIME AND ACTIVITIES LOCAL FEASTS AND TRADITIONS
CONCURSO NACIONAL DE CANTE Y BAILE "ESTEPONA CANTAORA": From July 7th to August 8th. Peña Flamenca de Estepona. Plaza Fuerzas Armadas, s/n

FESTIVAL DE ARTE FLAMENCO:
(August) Peña Flamenca de Estepona. Plaza Fuerzas Armadas, s/n.
Carnivals: Second week in February

Tourisme Day:
August 15th

Feria y fiestas mayores:
Firts week in July

San Isidro Labrador:
May 15th

Quema de bigotes de San Juan:
June 23th night

Virgen del Carmen:
July 16th