Moving to Estepona: The ultimate guide (2023)

Moving to Estepona: The ultimate guide

Moving to Estepona: The ultimate guide. Credit: Estepona Council

The whitewashed town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol is the very essence of an Andalucia village that has become a firm favourite for those wanting to move to Spain.

The resort town of Estepona is a popular international destination for those wanting to move to Spain, known for its historic centre, stunning beaches, palm-lined promenade, golf courses, water sports facilities and fishing port.

So, you are thinking of moving to Estepona, but where do you go for all that essential information on the types of property on offer, the best schools and the coolest restaurants?

To make moving to Estepona a bit easier, the Euro Weekly News has put together this handy guide to everything you need to know before heading over.


  • Where is Estepona?
  • Properties in Estepona
  • Things to do in Estepona
  • Best restaurants in Estepona
  • Schools in Estepona
  • Healthcare in Estepona
  • Important contacts

Where is Estepona?

Estepona is located in Southern Spain on the Costa del Sol, around 30 minutes from the popular and glamorous city of Marbella and around 20 minutes from the charming Manilva.

The nearest airport to Estepona is Malaga Airport, which is 40 miles away, and the flight time from the UK is just two hours and 30 minutes.

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Our top pick

The Spanish Estate Agent

With over 20 years of experience helping clients find their dream home or sell their property on the Costa del Sol, The Spanish Estate Agent offers a professional, tailored and honest service for all of your property needs.

Their multilingual team will make it their duty to understand what you need, holding your hand throughout the process and offering a comprehensive service; from defining your list of requirements to getting the keys to your new property and beyond.

The Spanish Estate Agent has a wide range of properties available, from studios to large villas and covering all of the Costa del Sol including the sought after areas of Sotogrande, Manilva, Estepona, Benahavis, San Pedro, Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola and Benalmadena, making sure they can find you your dream home in the sun.

It’s your move!

If what you are looking for is the right team to sell your property, The Spanish Estate Agent have helped many clients get the right price for their properties – whether that be a luxury villa or a two-bedroom apartment. They use a powerful combination of database property matching, international marketing, and thoughtfully crafted materials such as walk-through and drone videos to introduce your property to a wide clientele all over the world.

But ultimately, their team thrives on recommendations and word of mouth from happy existing clients!

Speak to the friendly team at The Spanish Estate Agent and find out how they can help you!

Telephone: 951 516 905


Website: Click here


Setting up your new home

Our top pick


Decorbaño in Estepona, Malaga, is a family business specialising in the distribution and exhibition of ceramics and construction materials, using the most innovative and functional bathroom products and accessories.

Founded in 1978, Decorbaño is known in the Estepona region for delivering beautiful designs using the most current materials and the best brands on the market. Whether you are looking to create and design your home, premises, business, terrace or swimming pool, Decorbaño has the tools, knowledge, team and over 40 years of experience to deliver exactly what you envision.

Decorbaño will provide you with quality workmanship and innovative ideas using your desired materials – from porcelain floor tiles to hand-painted tiles, terracotta, natural stones, furniture for your bathroom, custom glass screens, taps, mirrors, toilets, bathtubs, shower trays adjustable to your space, even hydromassage… Your dream project can soon become a reality!

Whether you are looking for an oasis of calm, modern and minimalist, rustic or vintage, Nordic style colours and tones or a more classic look, Decorbaño has the materials and a keen eye for style and detail to help design and create a space that you will love spending time in.

Their customer-orientated approach and large 1,500 m2 showroom with over 100 bathroom styles guarantees you will find exactly what you are looking for and the best quality materials.

To adapt to new needs, Decorbaño has now opened a 500m2 factory store, where you can browse everything they have to offer with the added benefit of factory prices!

This is Decorbaño’s guarantee, in addition to their attentive and personalised service that only a local company like this can offer.

Got a new project in mind? See what Decorbaño can create for you by taking a look at their website: or Facebook page: Click here

Address: Juan de la Cierva Street, 20, 29680, Estepona, Malaga

Telephone: 952 802 346

Email: Click here


10 of the best things to do in Estepona

1. Spend a day exploring the old town of Estepona

Made up of a compact labyrinth of meandering streets and open squares, Estepona Centro Historico (old town) has undergone an impressive transformation over the recent years to become one of the most attractive and best towns on the Costa del Sol.

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2. Play golf under the Mediterranean sun

If you’re a fan of golf, Estepona is the perfect place for you! There are around 30 golf courses in and close to Estepona, and El Paraiso is one of the most established courses on the Costa del Sol, located in the peaceful El Paraiso valley.

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3. Stroll along the Paseo Maritimo de Estepona

A fabulous three-mile-long promenade next to the impeccably clean beach that is great for strolling along and people-watching. There are many bars and restaurants along the way that are also buzzing at night, as well as lots of shops for browsing.

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4. Soak up the sun on one of the stunning beaches

Estepona is known for its many beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, most notably Galera Beach, Bahia Dorada Beach, Cristo beach and La Rada Beach. There are also plenty of other beaches along the coast to explore and enjoy.

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5. Go on an adventure in Selwo Aventura

Estepona’s safari park is a great opportunity to enjoy wild nature and see animals such as elephants, lynx, red pandas, meerkats, lions and many more. You can also book an exciting 4×4 safari trip if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

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6. Discover the Necropolis Prehistorica de Corominas

This interesting and futuristic museum has been established underground, inside a modern ‘Dolmen and Tumulus burial mound’ style construction that dates back to around 3,000 BC. The five incredibly well-preserved tombs and several skeletons are the best-preserved necropoleis ever found on the Costa del Sol.

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7. Relax at the Orquidario de Estepona

The beautiful botanical garden and the orchid garden in Estepona has three glass domes and is an important tourist attraction for lovers of plants and architecture.

Image – Orchidarium Estepona

8. Catch a show at the Parque Del Calvario

This is a very well-kept and tranquil park full of flowers, fountains and gardens that is beautiful to stroll around or take a seat and soak up the sun. In the summer months, music and dance groups perform on a stage set in the lake.

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9. Take a hike up the Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja

Sierra Bermeja, or “the Red Range,” boasts fantastic panoramic views of the coast, the field of Gibraltar and North Africa. This mountain range features many winding roads and hiking trails in the forested mountain terrain that extends over a vast 1,234 hectares.

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10. Bask in the tranquillity of Plaza de las Flores

This plaza is a beautiful place to visit any time of the day, take a seat on the benches underneath the orange trees and a fountain encircled in colourful flowers.

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10 of the best restaurants in Estepona

1. Jaipur Purple

If Indian food is your favourite, Jaipur Purple is top of the list for Indian, Asian, Balti. It also serves vegetarian and vegan options.

Open: 1pm to 12am

Address: Centro Comercial Saladillo Km 166 Local 3-1-4-1 Ctra, N-340, 29680

Booking: 952 88 83 53

Price: €€ – €€€

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2. La Carbonara

If you fancy Italian, La Carbonara serves Italian, Mediterranean and Romana food and the pasta is freshly made.

Open: 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm

Address: C. Ceuta, 18, 29680

Booking: 951 90 11 12

Price: €€ – €€€

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3. El Galeon

Visit El Galeon when in Estepona, known for its typical Spanish feel and charming, laid-back atmosphere serving excellent tapas. Vegetarian friendly, vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Open: 7pm to 12am

Address: Plaza Almengual 20, 29680

Booking: 672 58 74 20


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4. Amura

Famed for its fish, Amura offers a range of healthy seafood, Mediterranean, European and Spanish dishes with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Open: 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm

Address: Puerto Deportivo, local 5, 29680

Booking: 951 46 99 37


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5. Wild Cafe & Restaurante

Wild Cafe & Restaurante is known for its well-presented healthy and contemporary vegan lunchtime food. It has a young vibe with a great ethos, with vegetarian and gluten-free options too.

Open: 10am to 4:30pm

Address: C. del Mare Nostrum, s/n, 29689

Booking: 951 08 34 73

Price: €€ – €€€

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6. Restaurant Chilli

If Mexican food is what you’re looking for, head to Restaurant Chilli, which also offers great Indian cuisine. They have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Open: 1pm to 12am

Address: C. Isla Verde, 2, 29680

Booking: 602 83 71 04

Price: €€

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7. Le Petit Paris

Le Petit Paris offers a set menu as well as great French food and pasta. It also has a wonderful selection of wines.

Open: 12:30pm to 4pm and 6pm to 10:30pm

Address: Avd del Carmen, rotonda del puerto, local 3B, 29680

Booking: 952 80 24 31

Price: €€

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8. Palm Beach

You can’t visit Estepona without going to a beach restaurant, so if that’s what you’re looking for, head to Palm Beach where you can enjoy a great view, freshly prepared salads, burgers and wraps as well as steaks, chicken, pasta, fish and seafood.

Open: 11am to 10pm

Address: Av. España, 2, 29680

Booking: 952 11 35 56

Price: €€

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9. Siopa

Siopa is a small Irish-run bar-cafe near the historic centre specialising in bottled craft beers – minus clichéd Gaelic-pub motifs. They serve over 40 craft beers and almost as many gins.

Open: 7pm to 12am

Address: Calle Real, 80, 29680

Booking: 634 05 08 17


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10. Taberna Mar De Alboran

Taberna Mar de Alboran is a small independent restaurant run by a husband and wife. Known for its pil pil, it also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Open: 12pm to 4pm (closed Saturdays)

Address: Av. Luis Braille, 17, 29680

Booking: 665 67 51 62

Price: €

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Schools in Estepona

When moving to a new area, making sure there are some great schools in the area is essential, and Estepona has some impressive schools and education centres.

There are a host of British schools in the Estepona area that follow the British curriculum, including Queens British Grammar School and The International School Estepona.

Colegio San Jose is a private, bilingual, non-subsidised school that covers all stages of the Spanish Educational System from infant education to Baccalaureate.

Healthcare in Estepona

Having access to quality healthcare is vital when moving to a new home and Estepona has an impressive public health service as well as private healthcare options.


Private Hospital Estepona – Cenyt Hospital

This private hospital in Estepona has over 160 medical experts in over 40 specialities and 24-hour emergency services.

Address: Av. Andalucia, 2, 29680 Estepona,

Contact: 952 80 81 00 or click here

Hospital de Alta Resolucion

This public hospital covers a range of specialities for those who are entitled to free public healthcare.

Address: Calle Margarita, 52, 29651 Las Lagunas de Mijas

Contact: 951 97 69 00 or click here


Centro de Salud La Lobilla

This public health centre provides English speaking doctors upon request and also has a translation service.

Address: C. Miguel de Maria Luque, 2, 29680 Estepona

Contact: 955 54 50 60 or click here


Estepona Dental Clinic

With 15 years of caring for smiles, Estepona Dental Clinic is one of the best dentists in the area.

Address: Real Street Nº 99 1ºC, Estepona

Contact: 952 806 715 or click here

Important contacts

Moving to a new area is exciting but it is essential to have contact details in case of an emergency, that´s why we have included information on important contacts when moving to Estepona.

Emergency services, including health, fire and police: 112

National police: 091

Local police: 092

For more about moving to Spain, take a look at our guide on moving to the Costa Blanca.

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Written by

Laura Kemp

Originally from UK, Laura is based in Axarquia and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at