Although you could be tempted to spend all your time sampling the Healthouse las Dunas spas, Estepona and the surrounding area are well worth exploring.
The town itself dates back to the 4th century, but most of the archaeological sites are from the later Moorish period. Travel along the coast and you’re likely to see some of the seven watchtowers, which were built to protect the town from pirates. The most impressive site is Castillo de Nicio, with its ruined towers gazing out across a dramatic landscape of hills and valleys.
Back in contemporary Estepona, you can easily while away an hour or two strolling through the classic white-washed streets. But remember to look up – over 2o enormous murals turn everyday homes and buildings into open-air art galleries. You can pick up a guide to La Ruta de Murales’, so that you don’t miss any.
Throughout the year, traditional festivals add even more colour to the streets. The biggest of them all is the Semana Santa processions. Throughout Easter Holy Week, the brotherhoods representing different churches parade through the streets with elaborate crosses, effigies and floats glittering with countless candles.