This coastal town has a recorded average of around 325 days of sun a year, along with miles of beautiful, unspoiled, white sandy beaches and tiny coves to explore. The locals are friendly and welcoming and the village has managed to preserve its authentic and original charm. It is located just 20km west from Marbella and is set at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains. Visitors can explore the quaint cobblestone streets lined with little shops, cafes and tapas bars or stop in at the Puerto Deportivo and Marina. The beaches are immaculate and many of them have been awarded blue-flag status with golden sands, crystal-clear water and good facilities including showers, children’s play areas and beachside restaurants. There is a beautiful palm tree lined promenade, perfect for long walks along the beach, or, if you’re feeling up to it a good run or cycle. There are at least 5 golf courses in Estepona and it is only a short distance away from the water park, Aqualand and Selwo Safari Park, which have fun activities for children and families. The village has a few museums as well as some notable ruins such as walls and watchtowers along the beaches. The old town is a photographer’s dream, with narrow pedestrianized streets, colorful potted flowers and some striking architecture including an 18th century church. Within the town square you will find a bell-tower, which is the very last remaining part of the Iglesia de los Remedios that was destroyed by an earthquake mid 18th century. There are plenty of festivals and carnivals, which are celebrated each year as well as street fairs with locals singing and dancing in the streets. Gibraltar Airport is the closest and most convenient, although Malaga Airport is only one hour’s drive and is the third largest in Spain with connections to European and other Spanish countries and the A7 motorway runs parallel to the coastline making for a spectacularly scenic drive.