The municipality of Estepona is located in the Western Coast, in the province of Málaga. Though the city is right beside the beach, the major part of its territory is inside Sierra Bermeja and the foothills that descend from them, outstanding the Peak of Los Reales, of great beauty and ecological interest. The natural beauty of the mountain range and the presence of a forest of Spanish firs at the highest zone have deserved the declaration of Nature Reserve by the Regional Government of Andalusia.
In the history of Estepona there is a mix of Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs, being in the Arabic epoch when the core of the present village was settled.
The north zone of the municipality borders on the region of Ronda, whereas the urban area is located in the coastal strip. The average rainfall is of 900 l/sq m and the average yearly temperature is set in 17 degrees centigrade.
Castle of San Luis
The Calvario Chapel
Church of the Virgin of the Remedies
House of Tejerinas
The Clock Tower
The Lighthouse of Punta Doncella
Typical Streets of the Old Town
Artistic Route Murals
Yacimiento de las Torres
Arroyo Vaquero Watchtower
Casasola Or Baños Watchtower
Gastronomy of Estepona
The appearance of the big tourist flows in the zone have necessarily expanded the autochthonous culinary offer, in such a way that the international cuisine has established itself practically in all restaurants. Even so, the maritime tradition of Estepona has not only survived but, precisely due to the tourism, it has been strengthened and the tasty ‘pescaíto’ is one of the identity signs of the Estepona´s stoves.
How to get there
By Plane: From Malaga airport , Estepona is located at a distance of 70 km.,with regular flights to all the capitals of the world. From the airport of Gibraltar, Estepona is located only 45 km.
Distances from Estepona
Marbella 35 km
Málaga 88 km
Gibraltar 48 km
Ronda 66 km
Sierra Bermeja Mountain Range
The name derives of the red color (bermejo) of its rocks. This mountain range of volcanic origin is the highest of all sierras of the Costa del Sol. It is formed of “peridotita” rock which oxidizes and becomes red when it comes in contact with air. The acid soil this kind of rock produces is only supported by a couple of plants and trees.
One of them is the pinsapo, or Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo), the only fir endemic to Andalucia. These trees of graceful nobility form the Los Reales forest and the forest of Puerto de la Mujer. The pinsapos are true vegetal “dinosaurs” who survived the glaciers which covered Europe thousands of years ago. In Europe you can only see them in the sierra Bermeja, the sierra de Grazalema and in the sierra de las Nieves. With reason a unique species.
The valley of Acedía and Monte del Duque are at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja. In both places you will find a more representative tree of all Mediterranean trees, the cork oak (Quercus suber), easy to distinguish because of the bark which covers the trunk. This bark is called cork and, for example, helps the cork oak to survive forest fires. Also the bark permits us to conserve good wines.
3 Aerial photos courtesy of: C. O´Brien
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