Garden of the Costa del Sol

Andalusia more than lives up to the name garden of Spain:
There are almost twice as many visitable gardens as in Kent, the “garden of England.

From the book World Heritage:

Seville: Cathedral, Alcázar and ARchivo etc.

Cordoba: historic center

Ubedá and Baeza: beautiful villages

Palmeral v. Elche, palm garden

Granada: Alhambra

Donane National Park (near Gibraltar) (don’t know how to get swag above the n )

From the book 1000 must-see gardens of the world (2007)

Valencia: Jardin de Montforte

Motril: Casa de los Bates

Malaga: Jardin Botánico la concepción

Ronda: Palacio de Mondragón; Casa de Don Juan de Bosco; Casa del Rey Moro

Granada: Alhambra; Carmen de la Victoria; Carmende los Mártrires; Casa del Chapiz; el Generalife

Cordoba: Palacio de los Marquiees de Viana Cordolor; Medina Azahara

Seville: Jardines de los Reales Alcázares; Palacio de las Duenas; Casa de Pilatos; Parque de Mariá Luisa; Hospital de los venerables

In May, there is the Festival de los patios in Cordoba.

Thanks to Hetty van Doorn!

Aloe Vera

Come and visit the Santaverde Finca

In the hills of Estepona, you can find everything you ever wanted to know about the organic cultivation, harvesting and processing of the medicinal Aloe plant.

During the harvest periods from September to December, and also from January to April, you can follow the complicated procedures involved in the extraction of the rich Aloe Vera gel and Aloe Vera blossom nectar, through the glass walls of our production lab.

You can also purchase plants and leaves fresh from the field, as well as our natural cosmetic products available directly from the site.

Finca Santaverde Camino Cala Bujeo s/n 29680 Estepona – Málaga

Most beautiful beaches in and around Estepona

Tapas, sun, sea and beach. Of course, you can also read about the stunning mountains and downtown on #VisitEstepona.

We make a top 10 of the beaches in Estepona. Curious to see yours….

  1. Playa del Christo

2. Playa Rada

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To be continued 😉 It is still winter when we write this 😉

Senda Litoral Estepona longer again!

Soon another new section that allows you to walk 10 kilometers along the coast in Estepona. With the implementation of this new stretch on the Senda Litoral de Estepona, which connects the Laguna Village shopping center with Dominion Beach, we can go from the city center to the Guadalmansa River. The longest yet, at 870 meters long and 3.5 meters wide. The project also includes the construction of a printed concrete walkway (417 meters), two wooden walkways (125 meters and 326 meters) and two bridges, one of 20 meters and one of 30 meters to cross the Castor River. In addition, landscaped areas will be created and new lighting and street furniture will be installed. Once the work is completed, a half marathon to the new Athletics Stadium is on the cards!

You can already stroll along the Senda Litoral in Estepona, most of it lit up at night.

Walking from the eastern end of the promenade of Paseo Maritimo to the open-air museum in Playa del Angel was already possible, this walk has now been extended.

For this longer walk, you can now walk all the way from Playa del Cristo through the marina, along the beautiful promenade, to the promenade that goes all the way around from the end of the paved Paseo Maritimo promenade until it ends at the statue museum at the Playa del Angel. It is a nice stretch and the hike now continues.

Walk along the Playa del Angel and then turn left among the orange trees. You come to a pedestrian bridge. As you cross, note the old water wheel and 19th-century aqueduct, remnants of the time when sugar cane grew and needed irrigation.

After the footbridge, follow the yellow stone footpath, turn right again toward the sea and finally back along the coast.

You will pass a number of beautiful residential complexes and the Kempinski hotel, along a very attractive section of lawn and gardens to Playa del Padron, via the new pedestrian bridge over the Padron River, at the cozy beach clubs, bars, restaurants and Laguna Beach and stores.

This entire stretch from Playa del Cristo to Playa del Padron takes almost 2 hours.

85% of the entire route will be completed by 2020 – Around Estepona you can already walk it completely!

Check the complete route and progress on the interactive map of the Senda Litoral

16,000 Trees!

More than 16,000 copies for the “tree plan” to make Estepona a sustainable town.

Estepona City Council reports that the Árbol Plan Tree municipal project “has already reached a total of 16,423 trees since it was launched in 2012 to promote a more environmentally friendly city. In particular, the Consistory has planted a total of 4,123 over the past year – mostly leafy or shady trees such as tipuanas, jacarandas, ficus, cypress, poplars, pines or firs, as well as palms – an important step forward in the work being carried out by the City Council to promote a city with a better quality of life.

“Tree plan” means not only beautifying different parts of the city, but also has many other benefits, such as: oxygenation of affected places, temperatures are softened and sanitation. The deputy mayor of the Services area, Blas Ruzafa, emphasized that this tree has turned the town of Estepona into a more habitable environment with many other benefits, such as air purification, absorbing odors and polluting gases. Similarly, trees help conserve water because trees reduce evaporation from grasslands or also help prevent soil erosion and reduce runoff, among other things. The City Council has been working on initiatives to promote a more livable and sustainable city since 2012. In this sense, it should be recalled that the project “Estepona, the garden of the Costa del Sol” has been implemented, which has renovated and beautified thousands of plants in more than 120 streets of the municipality, creating a green space for pedestrians . Finally, the municipal official recalled that the City Council continues the “A Tree, a Life” initiative through which the city’s children can sponsor or sponsor a copy with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of preserving our environment.

Link to entire article

“Adventurous” hiking in Estepona

Visit Estepona panoramaview hiking

Breathtaking views with a spicy adventure edge

So, we want to go out for a hike. Sunny Saturday, no clouds at all. 16 degrees but a feeling of 22, a blessing for a Dutchie in November!

Picked a route on routeyou on walking distance, because we still did not find any reason to hire a car during our stay in Estepona. This means the walking from Old town to our starting point and vice versa is not included in the 9 km we chose. All-in it was about 14 kilometers.

Nice start, walking on the bridge going over the highway. Seeing Estepona from above. Walking away with the routeyou app, finding our way easily at the beginning. Soon the path seemed to lead through someone’s property, normally we would not go further, but because the routeyou app shows it so clearly, we continue. After a while the path is just a very narrow flattened bamboo, right next a high fence. Doesn’t look like a walking path at all, but hey? Let´s move on.

Later on, it really looks like someone’s garden, now also some barking dogs are involved. We had to open a fenced gate quickly before the dogs run down the hill, where we also spot a not so amused youngster, to find another amateurish fence a few steps further, now closed with a rope. We decide to untie and tie the rope after us, walk further although it does feel like we are on private property.

Maybe we were lucky and the rope means we just got out.
We arrive in some kind of bamboo jungle and see nice waters and runlets. About halfway through our route suddenly changes to a real climbing adventure. Not a path, not suited for anyone at all… Through stinging branches we follow the ¨route¨ which feels like a puzzle and a machete would have come in handy… Because we’ve got some fresh holes in our clothing.
On one point we had to climb via a big and slippery rock, well, were we still on track? What fool made this route?

Visit Estepona hiking Arroyo de la Cala

After a few steep climbs and descends, we get blown away with stunning views to Gibraltar &Morocco.

So, we feel like we would never have done this route if we had known what was to come, but we are grateful for not giving up, and relieved to see the bridge where we started.
Curious about this route? Don´t say we did not warn you, you can get lost, hurt, perhaps both. But: some spots are accessible by car, so you could just do a more convenient part of this route.

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Estepona Walking Gibraltar view
Magnificent views of Gibraltar and Morocco

Here is the link. Or PDF From the old city center: 14.5 km about 4 hours