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Best Things to Do In Estepona


Theres far more to do in Estepona than just relaxing on the beach soaking up the sun and enjoying a cold one. In this guide i’ll take you through the top things to do in Estepona.

Estepona has more to offer than just sun and beaches (although they are very nice!)

Here are some of the best things to do in Estepona. Whether you’re looking to relax and enjoy some food and entertainment or do something more adventurous, Estepona has something for everyone.

Things to do in Estepona

Have Tapas in Plaza de las Flores

You have to try some Tapas in Plaza de las Flores. It’s a great introduction to Estepona.

Plaza de las Flores is the main square in Estepona. In English you’d call it ‘flower square’; and that’s exactly what it is. With a central fountain surrounded by gorgeous trees, plants and flowers is a wonderful place to spend some time.

Two of my favorite Tapas bars are La Sureña and El Descaro.

La Sureña serves more traditional, great-value tapas, whereas El Descaro offers something a bit different but at a higher price.

Another option for tapas is Avocado.

Be prepared to wait a little during the summer as they all get very busy.

Explore the Old Town

Wandering around the old town is one of the best things to do in Estepona.

You’re never sure what you’ll find, as it’s full of beautiful secret streets and hidden squares.

Calle Terraza cuts through the old town and both sides have a slightly different feel to them.

The west side is a bit more touristy, with more bars and restaurants, whereas the east side is quieter and has a more local feel. Both are certainly worth exploring, though.

Walk or ride along the coastal path

Estepona has easy access to the coastal path, which travels for miles along the Costa del Sol

My favorite way is towards Marbella, but the other direction past Cristo Beach is also really nice.

A great trip to do on bikes is to head to Sonora Beach – it’s a good 45 minutes or so bike ride but you can enjoy a nice drink and some food when you arrive. It’s very different to the Chiriguitos you find close to Estepona Town.

Visit the Orchidarium

The Orchidarium in Estepona is a fascinating place to visit, especially when it’s raining.

Keep walking up Calle Terraza, and you’ll soon see it on the right.

It’s packed full of plants and even features a waterfall inside!

During the summer concerts and events are often staged in the landscaped space that surrounds it.

Play Chess Down the Front

Along the paseo, near Chirginguito La Peseta you’ll find some large chess boards.

During the day and until quite late in the evening, they are set up with pieces that you can play for free.

Estepona has a vibrant chess community and often on a summers evening you’ll find chess tournaments and games being played with more regular sized chess sets.

Probably best avoided in the afternoon as there isn’t much shade.

Go up Sierra Bermeja

The magnicificant mountain that overlooks Estepona is Sierra Bejemeh. For visitors from the UK, this mountain is higher than Snowden, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike.

There is a road that takes you virtually to the summit. You’ll also find Venta El Refugio, a place you can enjoy a meal and a drink, just below the top. It’s very popular and you need to book as they only get ingredients for the number of people they are expecting.

Have a drink on a rooftop

There is nothing nicer than enjoying a cold one on a rooftop on a summer evening.

Estepona has at least three rooftop bars (that I know of!) and they are all worth a visit.

They all offer something different:

If you find another, let me know in the comments!

Have Tapas at Darcys

Darcy’s is a true hidden gem.

You’ll find it down Calle San Antonino and you’ll be greeted like an old friend.

They are open Tuesday to Saturday

The best times to go, for hot, fresh tapas are on a Friday or Saturday.

Hunt for murals

Estepona has a lot of murals. Over 40 fo them!

Why not try and see if you can find them all?

You can pick up a map at the tourist information office in Plaza de las Flores.

Or download one using this button..

Paddleboard on a calm day

On certain days, the Mediterranean is absolutely calm and still.

It’s on this day you’ll want to get hold of a paddleboard and adventure out onto the water.

It’s a tranquil, relaxing experience that can also help to build core body strength.

If you explore the rocks near the Bahia Beach chiringuito you’ll find reefs just under the water surrounded by fish.

Watch some Irish Music at Tom’s Bar

Hidden on Plaza Manilva you’ll find Tom’s Bar, the most Irish Irish bar in Estepona.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays you’ll usually find a group of local musicians playing.

The style of music varies but on Tuesdays expect folky “diddly-diddly”, Irish music, and on Saturday they perform covers of popular classics.

The music starts around 8:30pm and ends at 10:30pm.

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