The Plaza Antonia Guerrero is popularly called "Plaza del Huevo", Egg Square. You only have to look at the photos to see why.
Situated two or three minutes' stroll from the seafront promenade, just along the Calle Terraza shopping street, it is open on one side to the street, and on the other sides has bars and shops. There is also at least one of the little kiosks so popular in Spain, selling sweets, crisps, ice-creams, soft drinks and often (probably illegally) cigarettes. Singly. In ones. Bet you haven't seen that recently!
So somewhere to sit down and relax, watching the world go by.
I'm not sure exactly why there's that big dome in the middle. It used to be white, then they painted it terracotta - possibly to make it less egg-like? In December they have a life-size crib there, but nothing much else uses it. Teenagers hang out, that's about it. But it makes a very pleasant focal point.
The square itself is the focal point of the Easter Week processions, and of the Three Kings procession on January 5th. A small block of folding tiered seats is set up, for the town dignitaries to watch the processions go past - well after midnight in the case of the Easter Week processions.
Some other religious events stop here too - the processions in the month of May for the newly-confirmed children, for example, have a short service here with a temporary altar.
There is an interesting story behind the name of the square. Antonia Guerrero was a very wealthy property-owner of Estepona in the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. Unmarried, all her adult life she regretted - or possibly resented - the fact that as a woman, she had not been allowed to study. In 1928 on her death, she set up a Foundation to provide grants for poor women from Estepona to study at University, preferably Law, Philosophy or Literature. Her nephew and niece also dying with no direct heirs, their inheritance from Antonia also reverted to this Foundation, which became quite wealthy therefore.
She decreed that the Trustees should be the Mayor, the Judge, and two women: the oldest female primary school teacher in Estepona, and another lady nominated by the teacher.
The Foundation is still going strong, with the Mayor, a Lawyer and two female schoolteachers in charge. It offers grants every year to students (now both male and female) who have lived in Estepona for at least twelve years, and are from low-income families.
So think of her and her thwarted studies as you sit and and sip under the palms in the Plaza Antonia Guerrero.
Or Egg Square.
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