Costa del Sol – The Spanish Riviera

We spent two weeks in Spain a couple of years ago and we chose the town of Estepona as our “home base” while we were there. We had rented a car, so it was the perfect location to launch from to get to all of the surrounding cities and towns. In addition to being able to get out to the surrounding area, it was a gorgeous destination in and of itself. Estapona is a short drive from Marbella, which is the playground for the rich and has vacation homes for many celebrities in the area.

Resort in Estepona

Resort in Estepona

Beach by the Resort

Beach by the Resort

Streets of Estepona

Streets of Estepona

Delicious Squid in Estepona

Delicious Squid in Estepona

The beaches are wonderful and there are resorts all along the coast from Malaga to Estepona, but we were there during the off-season, as usual, so it wasn’t too crowded.  There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in the area as well with shops that offer everything from clothing to souvenirs.  We could have spent hours just wandering through the various shops and talking to the owners who were extremely friendly and welcoming.

Shops in Marbella

Shops in Marbella

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

Window Gardens

Window Gardens

Restaurants on the Street

Restaurants on the Street

It isn’t all just sunbathing and shopping, though, the food in the area is absolutely fantastic.  We’re huge lovers of seafood and it is truly a food-lovers paradise.  We were told by everyone that we had to visit the mountain town of Benahavís, which is located a short drive from Estepona as you drive toward Marbella.  It is renowned for its restaurants and is considered the gastronomical center of Costa del Sol.  We were not disappointed, we only wish we’d have had time to go there more than once as there were several restaurants that we wanted to try, but ended enjoying dinner at a lovely little family owned restaurant.

Restaurants of Benahavís

Restaurants of Benahavís

Benahavís in the Mountains

Benahavís in the Mountains

Beautiful Building in Benahavís

Beautiful Building in Benahavís

Menu from Marbella

Menu from Marbella

Eating and drinking our way through Estepona, Marbella, Benahavís, and Malaga was truly a wonderful experience.  Although we spent a lot of time driving and going to cities like Granada and Seville, when we were at the resort area, it was more of a true vacation than actual travel.  We were able to truly relax and decompress, which made our trip to Spain an incredibly rewarding experience.  Clearly we hope to visit there once again and, when we do, we will make it one those vacations where you simply sit on the beach, get tanned, eat and drink too much, and watch the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea.

Carving Fish next to the Beach

Carving Fish next to the Beach

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

Menu in Estepona

Menu in Estepona

Flower Boxes

Flower Boxes

View of the Church

View of the Church

 

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10 Responses to Costa del Sol – The Spanish Riviera

  1. nomadicfoot says:

    very good post and beautiful pics.

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  2. Thank you. We’ve talked about possibly visiting Estepona in September, having last been there in the early 80s. Your post has given us something to think about

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  3. Wow, those pictures are beautiful! I love the street photos, especially with all the potted flowers. They must have interior designers working for the city? 🙂

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  4. Gorgeous photos. Was in the region more than a decade ago and finally wrote about it on my blog today – do have a read. Have to say you’ve captured the towns really well.

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  5. javealife says:

    Sorry I have always found teh Costa del sol to be a horribly overdeveloped area

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