If you are looking for a holiday on the Costa del Sol and prefer a less commercialised resort Estepona may interest you.
The town is located approximately 17 miles / 25km from Marbella and is one of the few coastal towns on the Costa del Sol which has retained its character and has plenty of Spanish charm. This area is moving into the tourist industry but the town remains unspoiled.
Estepona has a bustling marina, you will see some magnificent boats moored here, and this is a great place for a stroll. The port comes alive in the summer time many of the music bars and discos stay open until the early hours of the morning. There are a variety of restaurants and traditional tapas bars to enjoy, the fish restaurants are particularly good.
If you get up early enough you can watch the fishing boats land their catch at the fishing port adjacent to the marina. The main beach is made up of coarse sand and has the usual facilities, if you feel the need to do something more energetic than lying in the sun; watersports are on offer in the summer months.
As you explore the town you will come across local shops selling attractive merchandise, ceramics, crafts and leather goods may tempt you into making a purchase. There are restaurants with tables set out under orange trees perfect for relaxing over a cool drink or enjoying a meal in a lovely setting. You can visit the Los Remedious Church, the Clock Tower, which was built in the 15th century. There are also museums to enjoy including the Tool Museum located in the Bullring.
There are many excursions on offer either from your hotel or you can book locally, a great family day out can be found at the Selwo Safari Park. You may prefer a fishing trip or some companies now have dolphin spotting trips.
The resort covers a large area with approximately 14 miles of coastline some holiday accommodation is a distance from the main amenities, check with your travel agent if you do not want to feel isolated. Estepona is a suitable holiday location for families and couples looking for a more relaxed type of holiday.