The garden of the Costa del Sol
Province Malaga

Sightseeing, activities and great food

Estepona is one of the most beautiful places on the Costa del Sol, of course not as dazzling as my place of residence, the provincial capital Malaga. However, the sunny coastal town effortlessly earns a second place in the ranking of cities in this southern province.  Although ‘only’ 60,000 people are registered in Estepona, many, foreigners and Spaniards alike, own a holiday home in the city. Thus, the unofficial count stands at 100,000 inhabitants.

And despite the massive presence of foreigners, it is still one of the most authentic places on the Costa del Sol. The Spanish touch of the historic city centre is largely due to the whitewashed dwellings decorated with cheerful flower pots.

Estepona flower pots
Typical Spanish
Authentic Estepona

Estepona, the garden of the Costa del Sol

According to the mayor, José María García Urbano, the city wants to ensure that it provides a pleasant environment for both its residents and visitors. This means that the municipal budget is not used to build more houses, unlike many other Spanish coastal towns. The money is mainly spent to improve the city and its surroundings. His slogan is “not more, but better”. This is noticeable, even if you visit for just one day.

The town hall promotes its city as the “garden of the Costa del Sol”. When visiting Estepona, it is immediately clear why: the flower murals, the facades covered with sunny blossoming plants and the botanical garden in the city centre all contribute to the theme.

Botanical garden

Orchid house Estepona

The botanical garden and orchid house is part of the municipal Estepona garden project. The indoor park boasts an area of 1,000 square meters. A waterfall of 15 meters high and three glass domes ensure that the plants receive the necessary amount of light and moisture.

In the garden, you will find more than 1500 different types of orchids, most of which come from relatively warm climates such as South America or Southeast Asia.

Address botanical garden

Calle Terraza, 86, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Botanical garden Estepona

Botanical garden

An urban jungle in Estepona
Estepona orchid centre


with tropical temperatures
botanical garden and orchid centre Estepona

a sea of flowers

and a waterfall

Authentic Spanish

flowers, murals, plazas, historic buildings, typical Spanish streets

History Estepona

Apart from flowers Estepona also boasts an ancient history, proven by the various time-worn structures and ruins scattered throughout the town. On display are:

  • a Roman mausoleum;
  • ruins of a castle, originally built by the Catholic Kings;
  • a bell tower from the 16th century; the former town hall dating back to the 18th century and
  • the former fish market (Abastos), the latter is currently being converted to a Gastro Market.

However, the asymmetric bullring is relatively new, it was built in 1972.

Historic accommodation

When visiting the town and you would like to stay over, have a look at Casa de la Borrega, a mansion dating back to the 16th century. The building functions nowadays as tourist apartments. This property is located in the heart of the city and just two minutes walk from the beach.

The centre

Estepona has many lovely small squares and plazas.

Plazas de las Flores

One of the nicest squares, the pedestrianized Plaza de las Flores, or the Flower Square, is an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city. On the tree-lined square, you will find terraces and a fountain, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink or a tapa.

Estepona Plaza de las Flores


Estepona is liked many cities these days gripped by the graffiti. The largest wall painting in Spain can be found in Estepona. The painting of a fisherman (pictured below) covers no less than six buildings.

Furthermore, the city claims to have the most murals in southern Spain, i.e. counting only the fifty official ones. Although I dare to doubt that claim – as a Malaga resident I know that the Lagunillas neighbourhood of the provincial capital alone boasts dozens of murals, not to mention the other areas like Soho and the city centre.

muurschilderingen Estepona

Pasaje de los Poetas

The aisle of the poets, or Pasaje de los Poetas, honours famous poets of Andalusia with a bust and of course flowers.

Tuin van de dichters Estepona




Casa del Rey is around the corner from the Plaza de las Flores. The menu features delicious tapas and other Spanish dishes. Tip: ask for a copa de Celeste Roble, this is a tasty red Ribera de Duero.


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