The Town

Estepona is a beautiful village in the South of Spain, is renowned for its beaches, which stretch along some 21 km of coastline. It is a popular resort and holiday destination. Due to its natural environment, surrounded by the sea and Sierra Bermeja mountains, Estepona has a micro climate with over 325 days of sunshine per year.

Estepona now has many interesting facets which make it a popular and contemporary all year round holiday destination including two EC Blue Flag beaches, a modern sports marina with many tapas bars and restaurants and a white-walled town offering shopping and picturesque squares.

In Estepona you are never far away from anything. The mountains are close by for a good hike, or you could go skiing in Sierra Nevada. 40 minutes away you will find the Malaga International Airport, where you can travel directly to many of the big cities in the world.

More importantly, if you want to come to Spain to study at our school, we are close by and easy to get to. We can help with arranging a transport or a transfer from the airport. Please contact us for more information, we will be happy to help.

A Brief History of Estepona

It was around the church that the community began to grow. On this site today is the Simon Fernandez School and all that survives of the church is the clock tower. Work on building the Castle of San Luis began at the turn of the 15th Century. It was intended as a defence against the North African Berber pirates. Finally, under a charter of 1502, when the infant town housed no more than 25 families, the land was divided among the victorious new colonists from Northern Spain. As a result many of the side streets around the castle and the church were built between 1507 and 1600. Estepona was an administrative district of Marbella until 1729 when it was granted its own charter by King Felipe V.

It entered the 20th Century as a village of 9,000 farmers and fishermen. A census in 1940 does record some other professionals as well, namely eight weavers, five rice manufacturers, two tailors, two blacksmiths, a gunsmith, a printer, a lawyer, two vets, a couple of cabinet makers, three dressmakers, two customs agents, two midwives, and no less than five doctors. There was various shops, a bank, and a single hotel. The constant redevelopment of the town through the centuries is indicative not only of its strategic significance but on the continuing importance of its agriculture and fishing.

If you are interested in the history and culture of the Town, please check out our Estepona Experience