Property in Estepona
Located in a fertile valley crossed by small streams and dominated by the reddish-tinged Sierra Bermeja Mountains, Estepona is one of the few coastal towns on the Costa del Sol that has succeeded in maintaining its ‘pueblo’ charm and personality despite the onslaught of tourism in the region.
All the usual tourist facilities are located there - including hotels, restaurants, shops and venues for leisure and cultural activities; however, Estepona also offers its visitors and holiday home owners a quieter, more traditional Spanish alternative in the form of its appealing white-walled “old town” with its numerous picturesque squares, cobbled streets and their cafés, tapas bars and hidden bodegas.
Estepona’s popularity with Brits is understandable, given how much the town and its environs has going for it. Along its 21km stretch of well-renowned coastline, which includes two Blue Flag beaches and the small cove of Playa Del Cristo to the west of the town – there are many well kept beach resorts offering a wide range of attractions, including all sorts of water sports.
The town is also really popular with golfers, with many of the properties offered in the area benefiting from being in close proximity to the area’s ten golf courses. Estepona’s location on the west side of San Pedro also gives it easy to access to all of the Costa del Sol, which is another benefit to buying in the area.
The simplest way to get to Estepona from multiple locations in the UK is by air, flying to Malaga airport. Plane journeys take about two hours 45 minutes from the UK, with Estepona being 50 minutes (80km) by car from the airport.
Locals do tend to lump other popular surrounding towns like Benahavís and Sotogrande in with Estepona; however, it makes sense for your house searches to think of it as its own entity.
Property in Estepona, like much of the Costa del Sol, tends to range from beach front apartments to golf resort properties to larger, more expensive villas slightly inland. Despite it being a fairly desirable area, you can find apartments from as little as €100,000 and villas from €150,000.
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