Exploring Estepona old town – things to do and places to see

Every town in the Costa del Sol has a story to tell. They all share a common heritage and history, but each has its own unique character and feel. Estepona might be one of the smaller towns on the Costa, but it still has lots to offer visitors, whether you’re a culture vulture or a sun worshipper. In the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, lined with traditional street cafés and bodegas, we guarantee you’ll find something to interest you during your villa holiday break. Here is Panoramic Villas guide to Estepona.

Things to do and places to see

Orange Square

Although the square that is lined with orange trees has been known by a variety of names over the years, it is now definitively referred to as Plaza de la Flores. Lying at its centre is the Casa de la Cultura. Formerly a hospital, the Casa is a sort of combined museum and library and is well worth a visit. When the square was renovated in the 1980s many Roman and Moorish artefacts were uncovered. These are now on display at the Casa de la Cultura.

The Church of Los Remedios

This is the historic church lying at the centre of the Plaza de San Francisco. It was originally a Franciscan monastery – the hermitage of Vera Cruz, and was subsequently used as a hospice, La Purisma. It has now reverted back to being a simple church and a focal point. Though the building is undeniably impressive, it’s also has a curious blend of styling with its American colonial and Rococo architecture.

The House of Borrega

This is an eighteenth century property. It’s one of the oldest houses in the old town and has some interesting architectural features. It’s well worth a visit.

The Church of our Lady of Redemption

This too is an eighteenth century property dating from roughly the 1720s. From 1725 to 1766 it was used as a monastery. Its architecture is mainly Marian, Franciscan and Colonial, and it is famous for its iconography.

El Nicio Castle

This was once a fort that dominated the old town of Estepona. Now it is just a ruin. It dates from the ninth century and sits on the upper slopes of the El Padron area. The views from the ruins are spectacular.

The Bullring

Opened in 1992, Estepona’s bullring is well worth a visit. Its asymmetric design by architect by Juan Moro Urbano makes it unique. It’s the only one of its kind in Spain.

Port and promenade:

Estepona has a fantastic promenade that runs along the western fringes of the seafront. At one end you’ll find the main town, and at the other you’ll find the marina. The picturesque marina is a hub for both locals and tourists. It’s home to some of the finest shops and restaurants in Estepona, and the local street market which specialises in textile and leather goods. The markets usually take place on Sundays, but can vary depending on the season.

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