The society and culture of Estepona

Surface area: 130 km²
60 feet above sea level
Average annual rainfall:
900 l/m².
Average annual temperature:
17 °C.

One of the town’s main fiestas is its traditional Carnival – during this period, plenty of processions and Carnival bands liven up the streets of the town.

Easter Week is another highlight in Estepona’s calendar of festivities. Like most other traditional Andalusian towns, the streets of Estepona are decorated and people flock to see the processions of local brotherhoods.

On 15 May, there is a pilgrimage in the honour of San Isidro Labrador. There is a full day of activities held to mark the event, such as cattle competitions and exhibitions of products from the countryside. In addition, a procession in honour of the Patron saint tours the streets of the town.

Estepona Week is celebrated during the first days of July. This is when the district’s Fairs and Saint Day celebrations are held. It is a traditional Andalusian fiesta, with processions of floats and musical events, as well as the usual attractions for youngsters.

In most of the towns and villages along the Costa del Sol, the night of the 23 of June is marked on the calendar as the night of the bonfires for San Juan. In Estepona, this traditional fiesta is known as the “Quema de los bigotes de San Juan”. During this fiesta, bonfires are set in different neighbourhoods in the town and puppets are burnt.

Another traditional festivity in coastal districts is the celebration of the Virgen del Carmen (16 of July). This fiesta is organised by fishermen in honour of their patron saint and involves a procession on land and sea. This interesting spectacle is well worth watching. Our guide also explains a bit about the history of Estepona.

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