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Estepona has a population of some 48,000 inhabitants which increases substantially in summertime. It’s privileged position amongst the mountainous landscape of Sierra Bermeja and the 21 kilometres of coastline of it’s municipal distract make it into an important holiday destination, ideal for the practice of water sports, golf, mountain sports and adventure. Furthermore the town has a series of special entertainment attractions: Selwo Nature Park, school of equestrian art ‘Costa del Sol‘ and, of course, a modern conference centre and renowned maritime yachting harbour. The oldest human remains found in Estepona are from the copper and bronze ages.
Worth visiting are: the ruin of Castle of Nicio, “La Torre del Reloj”, the beacon towers, the remains of Castle of San Luis, the Church of Ntra. Sra. de los Remedios, the house of Marqueses de Mondéjar and, obviously, the unusual Plaza de Toros (Bullring), which houses the municipal museums of Estepona. As far as festivities are concerned one must point out: “Las Fiestas Mayores” at the beginning of July; La Virgen del Carmen”, which is celebrated on 16th July, with colourful maritime procession; the night of San Juan, in which the “Juas” ar burnt; and the 15th May, the feast of San Isidro.
In Estepona‘s more than one hundred restaurants, one can enjoy a splendid culinary offer, from the most traditional cuisine to the innovative or international. Classic dishes in the cuisine are the country soup (sopa campera), “sardinas al espeto” or “sardinas a la taja”, and the different varieties of fried fish. Their own produced goat cheese deserves a special mention; produced from the milk of the Esteponera goat, recognized as a breed and winner of numerous national and international competitions.
ABOUT NEW GOLDEN MILE, EAST ESTEPONA
The New Golden Mile, East Estepona is a stretch of coastline between Guadalmina (Marbella) and Estepona Town on the (A7) N340. Access is relatively easy via the motorway and travel time to the airport is anything between 30 and 45 minutes.
This is a relatively new region of the Costa del Sol and it is only because Marbella grew into such a large town that it exists today.
After Marbella had merged into San Pedro, holiday makers, developers and hoteliers started to look for more land in which to expand. As a result, the ‘New Golden Mile’ was born. Theory has it that the region was named after the Golden Mile region of Marbella because of the many new luxury hotels that started to spring up in the area, as well as a number of large villas and exclusive developments.
Minor remnants of earlier history do remain; recent discoveries point to the fact that in the 7th Century BC there were Phoenician and Punic settlements in the region as confirmed by the existence of the Guadalmina Thermal Baths.
The New Golden Mile is a stretch of coastline full of urbanisations, restaurants and bars. There are many water sports to enjoy including water skiing, jet skis, wind surfing and catamarans.
Along the beaches you will find many chiringuitos (beach bars). They normally have wonderful fresh fish on the menu, which you can enjoy with a glass of sangria. In addition, the well-known Spanish dish paella is available almost anywhere.
In this area you can find the Selwo Safari Park; covering more than 100 hectares the park is home to free roaming animals from all over the world living in natural habitats that have been recreated. There are also more than 2000 semi-free roaming animals and birds of prey. Additional provisions within the park include nature classes, swinging bridges, safaris, camping, accommodation and much more.