Estepona: City of the year

City of the year Photo: Estepona Town Hall

Estepona has come 2nd in the European City of the Year 2023 competition. The jury considered the city as an “example” and “inspiration” for its sustainable model “with a bright future”.

Estepona was the only city in Spain to compete for this prestigious award, granted by the independent, non-profit organisation, The Academy of Urbanism ,which promotes the recognition of towns and cities that are developing good practices in urban planning.

The Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, received the 2nd prize as European City of the Year 2023, in recognition of localities that are developing good practices in urban planning. Estepona competed alongside Amersfoort (Netherlands) and Exeter (United Kingdom). Amersfoort was the eventual winner.

The Mayor expressed his satisfaction at this recognition, “which projects our city model internationally and defines it as a European benchmark for sustainability, quality of life and well-being”.

The members of The Academy of Urbanism said that Estepona achieved this recognition for the ambitious pedestrianisation project that has been carried out in the town centre, for the initiative to unite the entire coastline through the coastal corridor, for the pioneering network of inclusive public car parks at a cost of €1per day, for the green spaces and for its commitment to culture.

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Kevin Fraser Park

Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.