Estepona is not just about sun, sea and sand. A lot of other places nearby are worth a visit. Some of the area’s most notable attractions are listed below:
SAN ISIDRO PARK
Known as “Los Pedregales”, this park is located in the Sierra Bermeja. This traditional ranch becomes a place of pilgrimage during the San Isidro “Romería”. But the San Isidro Park has a lot more to offer. It is equipped with plenty of tourist infrastructure, such as bars, restaurants, barbecues, an artificial lake and trails through the forest for hiking or cycling. Aside from all this, the park is also a perfect place to observe the Sierra Bermeja’s different animal and plant species.
This place is a marvellous experience for adults and children alike and should not be missed. The park takes up more than 100 hectares, where more than 2000 animals from more than 200 species co-exist. Selwo Aventura is the only theme park in Europe involving animals and nature. The lay of the land allows the animals to live in an environment that is similar to their own.
COSTA DEL SOL SCHOOL OF EQUESTRIAN ART
As well as being another attraction for the development of tourism on the Costa del Sol, the main aim of the School is to promote equestrian sports. Horse shows and championships are held here, among other types of event. If you are a fan of horses, this is just the place for you.
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CHURCH “LOS REMEDIOS”
Located in the Plaza de San Francisco, this church is a fine example of local history. It was originally occupied by Franciscan monks, who had to abandon it during the Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizábal. A curious mixture of styles can be observed on its façade.
A tower with Arabic origins, which used to form part of a mosque in Muslim times. After the town was taken by the Christians, the mosque was transformed into a church and the tower converted into a belfry. It also underwent other modifications during the XVIII Century.
SAN LUIS CASTLE
Right in the town centre (Villa street) can be found the remains of a Castle, constructed by the Catholic Kings in the XVI Century to fortify the town wall.
Located on the Avenida del Carmen, and created by Juan Mora Urbano in 1972, this is a unique piece due to its curious asymmetric shape.
BATTLEMENT TOWERS (ALMENARAS)
There are several Battlements (Almenaras) in Estepona and surrounding areas. Due to the continuous pirate attacks suffered along the Andalusian coastline, the Christians created a defensive system, based on smoke signals during the day and light signals at night sent between the different towers. This allowed the entire population to be quickly warned of any pirate landings. The battlement towers were used as watchtowers. Some of the most well-known are:
These are one of the main attractions in Estepona. For more information, please visit our section on Estepona’s beaches.