Long overshadowed by its glamorous neighbour, Marbella, Estepona is a charming coastal town that is now really coming into its own. Though it has been popular with foreign tourists, homeowners and residents for some time, Estepona still retains an authentic Andalusian look and ambience about it.
It has a small but functioning fishing harbour that forms the basis for some excellent fish and seafood restaurants, as well as a lively fresh produce market that brings together the best of the sea and the surrounding farmland in a typically ambient Spanish setting. However, recently Estepona has become the favoured location for the building on modern luxury apartment complexes with sea views.
One of the reasons for Estepona’s renaissance, is the process of beautification that started some years ago and has transformed the historic centre into one of the prettiest coastal towns in Andalucía. Its whitewashed houses dissected by pedestrian streets are enlivened with colourful flowerpots that immediately place them in Estepona. Indeed, the flowerpots – where each street choses its own colour and shade – have become so iconic of this coastal resort town that they draw a steady stream of visitors both national and international.
They are added to a growing list of attractions that set Estepona apart, such as the stylish murals that have been commissioned by the town hall and mostly made by local and amateur artists. These depictions of life in Estepona are particularly visible on apartment blocks, while the revamped downtown shopping and dining areas, as well as the coastal pathways skirting the sandy beaches are becoming increasingly lively too.
This, in turn, is leading to the opening of more and more charming cafés, eateries, tapas bars, shops and boutiques in the area, as well as beach clubs that cater to a variety of styles and budgets. The marina, on the west side of Estepona, is another popular social hub around which an increasingly upmarket residential area of luxury apartments, penthouses, townhouses and villas is evolving. Estepona is compact, so you are never far away from shops, restaurants, beaches, golf courses and other sports and leisure facilities, while there is also a good choice of schools and medical clinics.
The main focus of residential development is in the area east of Estepona, from the New Golden Mile luxury frontline beach apartments towards the municipal border with Marbella at San Pedro Alcántara. This area includes attractive residential zones such as Benamara, Costalita, La Alquería and El Paraíso, with Cancelada offering brand new contemporary villas and apartments in a country setting. Estepona is so in demand because of its charm, amenities and close proximity to Marbella and Puerto Banús (20 minutes), but also because it offers lots of scope for development, great value for money and also the opportunity to build your own villa with fantastic sea and mountain views.
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