A tourism treasure nestled between the Costa del Sol’s Sotogrande and Puerto Banus, Estepona welcomes a bit of fantasy to its shores

Playa junto al hotel Fuerte Estepona.

Beach near Fuerte Estepona.

From the deep sea floor to the coastal mountaintops, Estepona offers one of the Costa del Sol’s most delightful escapes, complete with miles of beautiful beaches, charming village squares and stunning natural surroundings.

Settled by the Phoenicians more than 2,000 years ago, this Southern Spanish gem is a modern and cosmopolitan city built around the narrow, whitewashed streets of historic Andalucia, complete with colorful geraniums hanging from balconies and remenants of ancient times.

Estepona.

Estepona.

Anchoring more than 20 miles of inviting coastline, Estepona hosts unique hideaways, a busy promenade flanked by palm treess and quiet beach escapes at La Galera, Bahia Dorada and Costa Natura, a wild and intimate environment where the stones create whimsical seascapes.

A Fantasy Destination

This whimsical collection of Spanish culture, history and natural beauty will fittingly play host to this year’s “13th Fantasy Film Week” this September. The Fuerte Estepona hotelwill welcome guests for five days of celebration of this year’s theme “Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde”, including a full schedule of fantasy films, contests and related events at this hotel of the chain Fuerte Hoteles. Scheduled from September 24th thought the 29th, the festival will include expositions and the newly introduced “Las Jornadas de Luna Llena” (The days of full-moon) event.

Before, during and after the September gathering, guests at the city’s Fuerte Estepona can escape and explore the coastline – an adventure that can begin deep below the Mediterranean waves. From the city’s dive center located in the center of the Estepona marina, visitors can launch a truly unique adventure, exploring the rich marine life of the Costa del Sol. Diving courses are available for all skill levels.

Gibraltar and Tarifa

Estepona is a geographical area rich precisely in marine life, which makes it an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts, not to mention other water sports such as fishing and sailing. A short jaunt to the west will bring visitors to dolphin and whale watching trips in Gibraltar and Tarifa within view of the African coastline.

Those intent on staying on dry land will discover no shortage of adventures and activities, from nearby golf courses in nearby, luxurious Sotogrande to polo and horse riding at Estepona’s School of Equestrian Arts on the Costa del Sol. A short drive east allows guests of the Fuerte Hoteles access to some of the region’s swankiest marinas in Spain: Puerto Banus, where stunning sea vessels dock amid the international jet set.

Puerto Banús, near Estepona.

Puerto Banús, near Estepona.

However, Estepona’s true magic can be found in the wild, including the nearby Selwo adventure park, where animals live in semi-freedom and where the visitor moves to the depths of Africa.

Those willing to take nature head on can venture into Estepona’s nearby mountains, taking estensive trails from the coastline to the Royal Peak (1449 meters), in the middle of the Sierra Bermeja range. This area highlights the Paseo de los Pinsapos, a beautiful natural setting of spruce ideal for any time of the year.

Culinary delights

Hotel Fuerte Estepona.

Hotel Fuerte Estepona.

Once the day is done, visitors can return to the Fuerte Estepona where they can relax and enjoy local culinary delights, including delicious sardines grilled on skewers over a fire on the beach.

Situated in the shadow of the Sierra Bermeja, the Fuerte Estepona is the perfect starting point to enjoy the best of what Malaga has to offer. The hotel hosts four pools, an exclusive spa and spa center with a unique hydrotherapy center, all located just beside the sun and sea of Spain’s Costa del Sol. Home to modern sports facilites and several several restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean, the Fuerte Estepona ensures visitors will find everything they need to ensure a memorable stay.

Fuerte Hoteles is a hotel chain with seven locations and a vacation apartment establishment situated in the Spanish cities of Marbella, Estepona, Torrox, Conil, Grazalema and El Rompido. This hotel chain is mainly characterized by its concern for tourism excellence, environment preservation, continuous training for their employees and its commitment with social and cultural development.

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