Estepona

 

Ship in the roundabout in Estepona

Ship in the roundabout in Estepona

Estepona is a small idyllic town on Costa del Sol. It’s conveniently located half an hour drive both from Gibraltar and Marbella. This peaceful city is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains which guard Estepona from rough weather ensuring more than 320 sunny days per year.

Estepona boasts very pleaseant and well taken care of beachfront, quite close to the city centre. There is a pretty promenade lined wih palm trees and flowers, outdoor gym-fitness parks, a cycling alley, fountains and more attractions. The picturesque small bay of Playa el Christo is especially popular among families with small kids. This south facing beach with reallu shallow waters and golden sand enjoys sunshine nearly all day in summer months.

Popular El Cristo beach

Popular El Cristo beach

Estepona’s maze of streets, plazas and patios is filled with all the attractions of traditional Spanish town yet with a delicate modern international touch. One of the streets in the centre leads to the beautiful Orchidarium, a must see for flower enthuasiasts. The town also boasts an amazing collection of wall murals. Nice evening bars, restaurants with seafood, chirignuitos, clubs, or fish markets are abundand in Estepona, but you won’t find here commercial centres of colourful nighclubs.

Beachfront playground near the centre of Estepona

Beachfront playground near the centre of Estepona

Are you and your family looking for a quiet place for lazy summer holidays on Costa del Sol? If the answer is ‘Yes’, Estepona might be exactly what you are looking for. Booking accommodation in Estepona is a good choice, if you are planning golf holidays. There are a couple of courses near Estepona, or the nearby Sotogrande. Since Estepona is much closer to Gibraltar than to Malaga, flying to Gib might be the best choice.

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Selwo Aventura in Estepona


Located at the entrance of Estepona, close to the main Costa del Sol road, there is the spectacular Selwo Aventura safari park. Selwo Aventura boasts more than 2000 animals from every corner of the world that live on a one million square meters site.

This popular Estepona family attraction boasts a Bird Canyon, home to rare and endangered species of birds, which is the largest natural aviary in Europe. The attractions are plentiful and varied. There is a “monkey island”, the Central Village full of large animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros and a lion, large enclosure with beautiful flamingos, amazing cave cave full of bats, the camel ride, face-painting, hanging bridges, zip line and much more!

Unlike many others safari parks and zoos, in Selwo Aventura you can get really close to the wildlife. You will surely notice small goats or peacocks roaming freely in the park. Moreover, the enclosures are large and the viewpoints located in a such a way to allow visitors approaching and observing the animals from different angles, and sometimes even to touch them.

Make sure to arrive early at Selwo Aventura, as it can take a whole day to visit the park. Take something to eat with you or buy a snack or meal in one of the restaurants inside. Selwo Aventura is a great idea for a one-day family adventure. Avoid visiting in the peak of summer, as the heat can be difficult to bear!

Estepona – nearest destinations: Sotogrande, Marbella

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Benalmadena

Benalmadena is recommended as an ideal place for unforgettable family holidays, one of the best on Costa del Sol. Sandwiched between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, Benalmadena is a popular holiday resort located at the foot of the breathtaking Sierra de Mijas mountains.

Benalmadena offers a great number of fun and entertaining activities for the whole family. Whether you prefer to spend a day lounging on a beach or would rather spend be more active, you will surely be spoilt for choice in Benmaldena. There are fantastic children-friendly beaches, various theme parks and aquaparks. Got bored? Visit Benalmadena marina where you can admire some of the most luxurious yachts, or indulge in a mountain walk that rewards your effort with breath-taking views from 280 meters above sea level. You will be hard pressed to find a moment of boredom when you visit this beautiful coastal resort.

The options to spend a quality time with your family in Benalmadena are simply endless. Tivoli World amusement is Benalmadena’s must-see family holiday attraction. Forty rides in the amusement, a roller coaster, huge ferris wheel, go-karting will keep your kids out of breath. In the Sea Life Aquarium, another popular attraction, located in the marina, you can admire from close range a variety of different exotic fishes from every corner of the world as well as turtles, seahorses and what most visitors like the most, spine-chilling sharks. There are 9 rooms to explore with more than 30 tanks, so take your time to see everything. If you are not tired after all the excitement, visit Selwo Marina with dolphins, penguins, sea lions, piranhas, tarantulas, reptiles, turtles and much more interesting creatures. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to swim with a sea lion or swim with a dolphin. If you are on a low budget, make your way to the lovely Parque de la Paloma with free entrance, as it’s a public park. On 200,000 square meters, you will find all kinds of birds, turtles, ostriches, peacocks and other animals hiding in bushes as well. There is a big playground tgahat your kids will love.

If you want to escape the busy Benamadena centre, visit the much more peaceful Old Village, Pueblo, which lies on the top of the hill. It can be accessed on foot, by car or via an urban lift. Once your there, go to Benalmadena Buddhist shrine, admire beautiful Colomares castle, the local church, the largest in Europe butterfly park, as well as Plaza de Espana with some great places to eat and drink.

Last but not least, there is a Teleferico cable car which can take you to the top of the mountain. From where you can see Sierra Nevada, the distant Gibraltar, or if the day is clear enough, even the Moroccomountains! At 5:30 p.m. local time there is a falconry display at the top, you can’t miss it as well if you ever pay a visit to beautiful Benalmadena.

Benalmadena – nearest destinations: Fuengirola, Torremolinos

Sotogrande

 

Puerto Sotogrande

Puerto Sotogrande

Sotogrande is a perfect place golf holidays. The town offers great and varied accommodation, some excellent bars and restaurants around the marina and nice sandy beaches. Sotogrande is conceniently located 15 minutes drive from Gibraltar.

Sotogrande is surrounded by golf courses making it a true golf paradise. The La Reserva golf course, one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, and the neighbouring world-famous Valderrama course are both located in Sotogrande not far from the centre. Situated just five minutes drive from Sotogrande is the San Roque Club. This tradional ‘legendary home for golf’ has been serving golfers from all over the world since 1990. Two very unique golf courses are also located in the nearby Alcaidesa resort – sensational views, constant breeze and lots of twists and turns guaranteed. Finally, less than half hours drive will allow you to reach popular Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Casares.

Sotogrande buildings

Sotogrande buildings

Sotogrande garden

Sotogrande garden

 

If you are looking for a quality golf break, book your next holidays in Sotogrande!

Sotogrande – nearest destinations: Gibraltar i Alcaidesa

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Mijas

Mijas is a popular tourist destination on Costa del Sol, located just a few kilometres inland from Fuengirola, and only 25 minutes drive from Malaga. This charming traditional Spanish town is situated 428 meters above sea level, in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas in a spectacular setting of leafy pine forests and green slopes. Read More…

Marbella

Marbella is often compared to the famous Monte Carlo. Recently, Marbella has become a popular destination among celebrities and the affluent. Famous sportsmen, actors, politicians or even members of royal families have their villas here. Marbella has a great cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city is very lively and full of fancy shopping areas, bars and restaurants.The magnificent villas of the rich and famous and their mega-yachts parked in the harbour of Puerto Banus are quite a sight to behold.

Not many people know that only two centuries ago Marbella was a simple mining village with well-established steel industry. In 20th century, however, the steel industry collapsed which started a new era for the city as one of the most exclusive resorts on the Mediterranean  Sea. This glitzy pearl of Costa del Sol guarantees unforgettable summer holidays.

Marbella offers abundant ways to spend money. It is a shopper´s paradise with many designer boutiques, shopping centres and back-street tourist shops. Marbella is also synonymous with rich and colourful night-life. Nowhere else on Costa del Sol you will find so many night clubs and bars!

Marbella holds the Andalusian record for most beaches. Within 13 miles radius from the centre of the city, there are as many as 23 beaches. Most of them are offer great conditions to bathe in the Mediterrean sun – there is beautiful clean golden sand and really enjoyable water.

If you are looking for great summer holidays, and a way to spend some money, bestandalucia.com cannot but recommend Marbella.

Marbella – nearest destinations: Estepona, Manilva

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San Roque

 

Alcaidesa golf resort

Alcaidesa golf resort

Golfer’s heaven

San Roque is well known for amazing golf courses. One part of San Roque, urbanizacion Alcaidesa, has been turned into a beautiful seaside resort built in an incomparable setting and surrounded by outstanding golf courses. Alcaidesa offers spectacular views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa being only 15 km from the popular British enclave of Gibraltar.

Breath-taking views, delightful peacefulness and delicate sea breeze. The uniqueness of Alcaidesa golf resort becomes clear once you get there. If you consider yourself a serious golfer, make sure to plan a golf break in Alcaidesa soon.

It takes around 15 minutes drive on the A7 coastal motorway to reach San Roque-Alcaidesa from Gibraltar. Once you are on the spot, there are two magnificent golf courses available, Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland, with a total of 36 professional holes. The former is the only links-type golf course in southern Europe.

Take advantage of magnificent driving range with 72 bays, a spacious practice area with putting green, bunkers and a short game area. From Alcaidesa you can also quickly access the top quality Sotogrande and Valderrama golf courses. And when you are tired, soak up some sun on one of the excellent beaches, one in the centre and the other remote one with a nudist beach nearby. Or plan a trip on the Rock.

San Roque – Alcaidesa – nearest destinations: Gibraltar, Sotogrande

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