When the towns of Marbella and Malaga are held up as the cities to go to on the Costa del Sol, Estepona provides sights and seems to rival its neighbours, and has a significantly extra tranquil atmosphere. It’s superior time the city experienced its day in the sun.
With friendly locals and a extensive array of tapas and consuming bars along its slender cobbled streets, Estepona is the perfect town for a stroll.
Start at the north stop, in Avenida Andalucia where lots of of the residential properties are adorned by enchanting murals. Continuing on to Calle Terraza, you are going to pass a glass-domed setting up with white facade – the Estepona Orchid Property, the place much more than 1300 species of orchids are on demonstrate.
Quit for coffee and pastries at nearby Tahona de Chana. The cafe has an suitable central site, but just before the hustle and bustle of bars.
There is a fish and seafood restaurant with a decent hearty Spanish menu opposite, but further down you’ll get there at Estepona’s busiest plaza – the Plaza Antonio Guerrero – where by both the Freiduria and La Taberna de Juan make best spots for a beer and a chunk to try to eat.
From there, walk a couple of hundred yards down the street and to the ideal, and you will find the charming Plaza de Flores. The early afternoon, when it is silent, is the very best instances to take pleasure in the peace and recognize the entire spectrum of colourful bouquets all around the ornate fountain. Afterwards, the plaza is remodeled into a hotspot for sangria-drinking Brits – on event, I have been one of them.
Veering left immediately after the plaza, on to Avenida España, you are confronted by an unlimited succession of dining places and ice product parlours. Check out El Rincon Toscano, a delectable and unpretentious Italian cafe, or Mexa, an great Mexican with especially fantastic meals for vegetarians (make absolutely sure to get the jackfruit tacos).
Hipsters out there can get a flat white to go at Manila Café Bar, in advance of getting into into the aged town and passing the beautiful Parroquia Nuestra Señora De Los Remedios, a beautiful church with a distinctly Andalucian flavour.
Ready for refreshment? Drop into the Gran Vino, an great wine bar specialising in Italian wine. It is the kind of location that will tempt you into acting like a connoisseur just before remaining right away sussed out as an ignoramus by the professional waiters. I can advocate the Valpolicella Verona. Or if cervezas are far more your factor, then a several hundred yards even more together, you will locate El Capote on Calle Viento, a secluded bar that is good worth for dollars.
Soon after that, head down to the beach. Regardless of the selection of motor vehicles on the sand and the appreciable servicing get the job done in preparing for the summertime onslaught, the view of the sea continues to be glorious. Walking along this seaside hardly ever will get previous, specially hailing as I do from Hampshire wherever the closest point we have to the costas is Bournemouth – I’ll say no more.
Return to Avenida Andalucia, passing the understated but decent Cafeteria Delta, and complete at Parque el Calvario. The park makes a fitting close to a 5 kilometre stroll that requires about an hour and a 50 percent and will allow you to do a lot more than scratch the surface of this conventional nevertheless vibrant town.