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“great for a stroll”

Paseo Maritimo de Estepona
Ranked #2 of 91 things to do in Estepona
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Nice for a stroll and a meal on a terrace. Recommended in hot weather! Spain remains good value for money in comparison with France.

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"clean promenade"
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"morning stroll"
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"full length"
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"flower beds"
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"great place to stroll"
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This is a L-O-N-G review, there's so much to tell you. :-)

You have to admit that the Paseo Marítimo in Estepona IS a bit tired. But it is still, in my view, the nicest Paseo Marítimo in Southern Spain.

It is roughly two and a half kilometres long, from near the Carrefour hypermarket in the east (Marbella end) to the port in the west (Gibraltar end). Lovely greenery: palms, cactus, flowering plants that are renewed regularly throughout the year give a pleasant background on one side.

On the other is the Rada beach, with its showers, lavatories, and chiringuitos - those typically Andalusian beach bars where you can get skewers of sardines, crispy fried squid, cool beer and a reviving sangria.

All along there are benches to sit and watch the other people stroll. And stroll they do!

Summer evenings the families are out in force, the children's playgrounds are packed. In July and August there are often entertainers out there, perhaps a little market selling trinkets and fans, scarves and souvenirs. A set of trampolines, and one of those bungee jumping contraptions. The children can be kept amused all evening - if you are prepared to pay!

A temporary stage is set up in June, and throughout the summer there are (free) concerts, exhibitions of flamenco dancing, and Evangelist meetings. There is also a fortnight-long Book Fair - there are often books in English among the bargains.

In the summer months, the Paseo Marítimo is THE place to be when the sun sets, especially on 16th July, the feast day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, when at dusk the statue is carried from the church and then along the Paseo Marítimo, on to the beach and in to the water. The statue itself is on a platform and doesn't get wet. But the young lads carrying it certainly do - see photo.

This is a very popular festival, and well worth seeing.

But there is plenty to see at other times along the Paseo Marítimo.

Starting at the eastern end, near Carrefour, there are two or three little bar/restaurants. Because of the way that the Paseo Marítimo curves, they are the ideal place to be at 6pm in the winter, sitting outside looking across the sea towards the sun setting by Gibraltar - see photo. Perfect!

Moving on from there, the Paseo has some very impressive cactus gardens, and a wooden bridge over the (almost always dry) river bed. Then comes a stretch that runs alongside the main road, passing on the other side the very attractive Plazoleta Ortiz with its statue, fountain, chairs and tables and flowers - always flowers in Estepona.

As you walk there are chiringuitos on the beach side and children's play areas, before coming to El Pescador restaurant with its tables set out on the Paseo itself. Lovely place to eat - check out my review. There are several more bar/restaurants on the land side here, plus a shop that sells summer souvenirs, and the Correos - main post office - which is open until 8 pm in the evening.

You then come to a little square with a fountain with a flock of birds depicted, and the statue of The Tourist - see photo. This bronze life-sized tourist from the past, sitting looking at his map, is a popular place for a photo opportunity: just sit on the bench next to him while someone clicks away.

Almost immediately after is the chiringuito "La Peseta" - named after the statue just opposite (see photo) of a little boy playing with a hoop - which is in fact a giant peseta coin.

The next section of the Paseo has some extremely impressive cactus plants, and continues past an exercise machine park to the big roundabout with the horses at the end of the Avenida Juan Carlos I, where there is another sprinkling of chiringuitos to rest your weary feet and wet your dry whistle. The Chiringuito Paco is particularly good.

Moving on, past a couple of white stone modernist statues (that means that I have no idea what they are supposed to be!), the crowds start to thin out. The busiest part is always between El Pescador and the Chiringuito Paco. This is a good point to stop and stare out to sea. If the wind is from the West, you can see Gib clearly and to the left, the corresponding mountain in Ceuta in North Africa. On a misty East-wind day, you can't. :-)

Continuing along the Paseo in the direction of Gib you come to another set of exercise machines, another chiringuito (and in summer an enormous set of trampolines) and can see in the distance the fishermen's working huts.

Here is where some of the glory goes out of the Paseo, because to the right, the land side, it suddenly deteriorates into an almighty mess. What is it?

Well, you remember all those Spanish Mayors caught up in scandals about taking bribes for illegal building projects? This was (allegedly!) part of that.

About 15 years ago, a hotel was given planning permission, and the building work started. Jolly good: employment in building it, and employment in running it once it was built. But then someone noticed . . .

They noticed that it was a bit bigger than it should have been, according to the plans agreed. It was several storeys too high, and still going up. And its footprint was much bigger too. So big, in fact, that it had actually taken over some public land. So a halt was called, a long court case went on and on, and for a couple of years it just stood there, a half built monstrosity.

Then in January 2009 they knocked it down. And very impressive it was too - I took a photo every day to record its demise. In five weeks from high to nowt.

But you still have the debris - an eyesore at the far end of the Paseo Marítimo. An eyesore, but interesting, when you know the story.

WARNING! January 6th it can be tricky to negotiate the Paseo Marítimo! It will be full of bicycles, scooters, doll's prams, skateboards and rollerblades. The Three Kings bring their presents overnight on January 5th-6th, and the poor Spanish childrem, who start school on the 7th January, have only one day to make the most of their new toys.

But every other day of the year, you will really enjoy a stroll along part of the Paseo Marítimo in Estepona.

18  Thank Turista-Inglesa
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

A pretty walk along the seafront, has a nice few bars ans Chirrengito type cafes a few places to stop off end exercise if you feel inclined that way

2  Thank Ticklegj
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We spend hours walking , sitting or chatting to friends here. On a sunny Sunday the Spanish family's are out in force. And the atmosphere is brilliant. I
Theres a lovely little childrens park which is always chocka block with families . There are lovely beach bars , tapas bars restaurants. A great beach. Summer or winter it's the heart and soul of estepona., and you can enjoy a day out there without even spending a euro
We love it.

1  Thank sniknej187437
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