Estepona Property Buying Guide

Why Buy a Property in Estepona?

Located at the western end of the Costa del Sol between Marbella and Manilva, the town of Estepona has been extensively upgraded in the last few years and is now one of the prettiest towns along the western part of the Costa del Sol. Check the Best Estepona Apartments For Sale.

Unlike some resorts on the Costa del Sol, Estepona town has remained true to its fishing village origins and kept its typical ambiance. The white-washed houses, decorated with colourful geraniums, the seafront promenade and the shops and restaurants offer that typical atmosphere that Andalusia is known for. The many thousands of flowers and plants that fill Estepona’s boulevards, squares and parks have earned the town the well-deserved title as Garden of the Costa del Sol.

The municipality stretches for over 21km along the Mediterranean and includes some of the best and quietest beaches on the Costa del Sol. Estepona also boasts some spectacular scenery including Los Reales mountain range to the north. The highest peak resort rises to 1,449m above sea level, one of the highest in the province and these mountains are home to the extremely rare pinsapo pine tree.

The seafront promenade stretches for several kilometres and provides a pleasant walk-way next to the town’s blue-flag beaches. At the west end of the town is Estepona Marina, home to the fishing fleet and shops and restaurants plus a Sunday market. Estepona has excellent amenities and facilities including health centres, private hospitals, schools (including Colegio San José, which usually tops the list of Andalusia’s best schools) and sports centres.

Estepona west– To the west of the town are several low-rise residential developments including Estepona properties for sale like Valle Romano and Costa Galera. Some of the resort’s best hotels such as Hotel Fuerte Estepona and Thalasso Spa Elba are found here as well as is the naturist resort of Costa Natura.

Estepona east– the area that is also called the New Golden Mile (Estepona Golden Mile). If you’re looking for an Estepona golden mile property for sale, this area offers luxury residential developments with communal facilities that are second to none. Here you will find some of the best Estepona apartments for sale.

The east stretches of coastline are home to a succession of high-end developments – for example, Alcazaba Beach, Los Granados del Mar, Dominion Beach and Mar Azul – and luxury hotels such as the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Healthhouse Las Dunas and Senator Banus Spa, plus world-class beach clubs.

To the north of the A7 highway, but still within easy reach of the beach lie several of the most popular developments in Estepona. These include CanceladaBenamaraAtalaya and El Paraiso. For those looking for a property in Estepona, where they can enjoy quiet surroundings, this is most certainly the place to start. This area has well-established communities of low-rise apartments, townhouses and villas. Plus, you can also find several good hotels here, such as the Occidental Estepona Thalasso & Spa and Hotel TRH Paraiso while slightly further inland is the world-famous Villa Padierna resort and hotel.

Investing in Luxury Estepona Properties

A smart investment! Almost 50 years ago, Estepona was one of the first resorts on the Costa del Sol to attract foreign residents and tourists. Now, its growing real estate market ranks as one of the best for investment potential. As an indicator of the area’s capital growth, property for sale in Estepona experiences some of higher annual price increases in the area.

Fancy the beach? With more than 12 miles of family friendly and sheltered beaches on the coast, a Estepona property is the perfect setting to enjoy the sea in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Not to mention that Estepona, unlike many of its coastal neighbours, is one of the few places where cultural tradition remains strong.

Plus, like the rest of the Costa del Sol, you can expect good weather in Estepona throughout the year. The resort enjoys over 320 days of sunshine a year and the average temperature comes in at 19 degrees.

The resort has excellent connections via both the A7 highway and the AP7 motorway from Malaga and from Algeciras. Public transport includes a good bus service between Malaga Airport and Estepona, and regular local buses connecting Estepona with Marbella.

So, if you’ve ever thought of investing in real estate, the circumstances have never been better than right now to make the move and get yourself a property in Estepona before the best options are gone.

What are the main attractions in Estepona?

While it might be small, there are plenty of things to do in Estepona and this is a great holiday destination for all ages and tastes.

Top of the list of attractions in Estepona have to be the resort’s beaches (see below) and its scenery. The stunning Los Reales mountains provide excellent walking opportunities with trails to suit all abilities, and all offer panoramic views of the coastline, the Mediterranean and Africa on the horizon.

In Estepona itself one of the loveliest things to do is stroll round the town centre exploring the maze of pretty streets and squares. This traditional Andalusian ambiance makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into the past, but with all the benefits that the future has to offer. No wonder many Estepona old town property for sale are off the market before you’ve even had the chance to blink.

The central Plaza de las Flores is one of the most attractive squares with traditional façades and fountain plus lots of flowers. The town is also home to nearly 30 giant murals. They depict a range of topics from abstract to everyday, but all are stunning, and many include clever trompe l’oeil.

As well as murals, Estepona also has an extensive collection of sculptures, showcased around the town. There are over 25 in different locations and range from the life-like Monument to the Tourist on the seafront promenade to the unusual Dragon in the Sunshine in the Calvario Park.

The town centre includes several museums such as the Archaeology Museum where you can see the Venus of Estepona statue that dates back more than 5,000 years as well as some interesting Roman mosaics. The Orchidarium with its spectacular glass domes and waterfalls is home to over 5,000 orchids and ranks as one of the biggest attractions in Estepona.

Families on holiday in Estepona flock to Selwo Aventura, one of the biggest theme parks on the Costa del Sol and a great day out. Selwo is home to dozens of animals from different eco-systems around the world including big game and tropical birds. Visitors get to see all the animals close-up as they make their way through the park.

Are you a golfing fan? Well, you’re in for a treat! There are no less than eight golf courses in Estepona making the chance to buy a property in Estepona with a golf position an opportunity of a lifetime.

With many front-line properties to offer, this area also includes options such as the established El Paraiso Golf Club and Estepona Golf plus the up-and-coming Valle Romano course.

Estepona is also within easy reach of the many golf courses in Marbella and Benahavis, and just a short drive from the world-famous Valderrama Golf, host of the Ryder Cup. And Finca Cortesin Golf is just a 10-minute drive to the west of Estepona, famous for hosting the Volvo World Match Play Championship in recent years.

What are the beaches like in Estepona?

Estepona boasts some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol including several with blue-flag status every year. All the beaches are well-maintained and provide facilities and life-guard services in the holiday season. Beach bars and restaurants are located on most beaches and many open all year-round.

The coast offers plenty of opportunities for property to buy in Estepona, whether front-line or in the surrounding areas of the 17 beaches. This means that whatever your dream home, there’ll be something on or near the beach in Estepona on the Realista property listings for you. Choose from:

Family-friendly beaches in Estepona – the most popular with families are La Rada and El Cristo, both in the town centre.

Beach clubs in Estepona – Laguna Village is home to Puro Beach, one of the best beach clubs on the Costa del Sol and located just to the east of the town centre. Other beach clubs include Sonora Beach, TikiTano Beach and Heaven.

Quiet beaches in Estepona – some of the quietest beaches on the Costa del Sol are found near Estepona, particularly on stretches on El Saladillo and El Castor, both to the east of the town centre.

Beaches for kite surfing in Estepona – on windy days, kite surfing conditions are excellent at several beaches in Estepona. One of the best is at El Saladillo where there are two kite surfing centres.

Estepona also offers a range of water sports including sailing, jet skiing and scuba diving. Many of these activities are based at Estepona Marina.

What cultural activities are there in Estepona?

Estepona has a year-round cultural programme featuring concerts, dance, theatre and other events. Like other resorts on the Costa del Sol Estepona also celebrates several fairs throughout the year, the highlight being the San Isidro Fair that takes place in mid-May. The week-long festivities include an agricultural fair, a horse show, procession and a funfair.

What about eating out in Estepona?

Want to wine and dine your loved one? Estepona has some of the best restaurants in the area, which includes La Bulla Gastrobar, Taberna Miguel, La Casa del Rey and Restaurante Sur, an Argentinian restaurant. Plus, in recent years, a number of new restaurants and tapas bars have opened in Estepona centre.

There’s also a good choice of beach bars and restaurants where you can dine on freshly-caught local fish and seafood. Some of the best are Restaurante La Rada, El Pescador and La Escollera in Estepona Marina.

The resort is also home to several renowned restaurants. These include El Palangue, Kabuki Raw (with a Michelin star) and La Alcaria de Ramos. And as you’d expect, many restaurants in Estepona offer international cuisine and rank as favourites among expats on the Costa del Sol. Popular venues include Robbies, Masala Fine Indian Cuisine and Peggotty’s, one of the most famous restaurants on the Costa del Sol for the British classic fish and chips.

How about shopping in Estepona?

Estepona offers good shopping, particularly in the town centre where there are lots of unusual shops. Several supermarket chains such as Mercadona, Aldi and Carrefour have stores in Estepona and the surrounding districts where you’ll also find a good choice of shops serving expat residents. For a wider choice, nearby Marbella has a good selection of high-street stores and shopping centres.

What’s a typical local dish?

One of the most typical things to eat in Estepona is sopa campera, a soup made with fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and asparagus, bread and a dash of mint. Some recipes include potatoes and/or clams. The soup is accompanied by melon, grapes or oranges.

Looking for Estepona Properties For Sale?

Realista Quality Real Estate represents some of the most sought-after luxury properties in Estepona. Making the most of our local expertise we not only offer the best properties for sale, but also those located in other picturesque places, such as properties in Guadalmina Baja, right in the heart of Spain’s Costa del Sol. Not to mention, all the home services and information we provide about the lifestyle, amenities, sports facilities, outdoor activities in the surrounding nature, including Playa del Cristo, Centro Historico, Orchidarium Estepona, Paseo Marítimo, Plaza de las Flores, and so on.

Find your dream Property in Estepona

In our Estepona section you will find an extensive portfolio of luxury properties for sale. We offer properties in Estepona city centre, as well as in many of the attractive residential areas that fall within this vibrant municipality, such as Alcazaba Lagoon, Bahía del Valerín, Mirador del Paraiso, etc.

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