Enchanting Estepona is a destination wedding venue which continues to grow in popularity with bridal couples looking to get married abroad. And understandably so: Estepona is a coastal success story of a resort that has managed to retain its traditional Spanish charm whilst offering a host of cosmopolitan restaurants, bars and hotels with all the modern amenities. Not to mention its glorious stretch of main beach and its quieter bays and coves offering views as far as Gibraltar and Morocco on clear days. With its backdrop of the majestic and impressive Sierra Bermeja mountain, it is indisputably one of the Costa del Sol’s gems.
A wedding at one of Estepona’s destination wedding venue hotels, villas or beach clubs makes for an idyllic way to celebrate love in front of family and friends, but in the days and weeks surrounding the big day, it’s nice to have an array of ideas to make the most of quality time with your nearest and dearest. So we have put together some of Estepona’s most fun day trips and excursions in the following list:
1: Tapas and Mural Trail
Combine a leisurely stroll around Estepona’s infamous mural-clad buildings of the backstreets with a delicious tapas tour. It’s the perfect way to mix culture with the culinary. Estepona has some of the region’s best tapas bars, with a plethora of fish and seafood inspired dishes in particular. There’s no better way to enjoy these than by pairing them up with a wander around the town’s highly acclaimed mural sites. The murals started springing up in 2013 when the council began to commission these giant works of art, and now a tourist map has even been designed for them. They’re pretty magical and no visit to Estepona would be complete without seeing them!
2: Flower Pot Streets of the Old Town
Estepona’s old town is an absolute joy to discover. Superbly well-kept and teeming with flowers. But in addition to this, every street in the old town is colour coded with its unique shade of flower pots and these are proudly displayed on the walls of the whitewashed houses. As you can imagine, it makes for some stunning photographic opportunities and truly puts a spring in the step… A feature not to be missed.
3: Exclusive Beach Clubs
Yes, Marbella has some of the Costa del Sol’s most fabulous beach clubs, but Estepona and its outskirts are another great haven for those looking to spend a day at the beach in total luxury. Cabanas and hammocks, massages and decadent cocktails. These hangouts are the perfect place to relax and unwind before or after the wedding day, making magical memories with family and friends as you take in the breathtaking vistas of The Med.
Sometimes you just need a bit of adrenaline! Go-karting is a fun activity (and a really great ice breaker) for wedding guests to get to know one another. A bit of competition at Estepona’s go-karting track is an amazing way to spend a late afternoon as the sun begins to dip. It’s always thrilling to try something new in a group, and even more so with a sea and mountain view. The track is a good-sized one and the karting works on a ‘fastest lap’ basis.
5: Horse riding
In and around Estepona, just a few kilometres inland, there are a number of wonderful and well-established riding stables where you can choose between many styles of riding adventures. Horse riding in Andalusia is a unique, beautiful and rewarding experience and routes can be organised for all ages and levels in various types of terrain – beach, river, and mountains.
6: Selwo Aventura Park
Selwo is not only one of the region’s best animal parks. It also offers African lodge style accommodation on site which is another fantastic and unique bucket list-style experience that comes highly recommended. Selwo is set across a vast area and its lions, flamingos, zebra (and many more wildlife species) can be appreciated on foot or on a vehicle tour.
7: Estepona Port
Not only is Estepona’s working port the best place to find locally sourced seafood, it’s eateries are among some of the best quality on the Costa del Sol. The port also offers fishing trips, champagne cruises and dolphin-spotting excursions. And there’s a bustling and vibrant Sunday market here – the perfect excuse for a family brunch and some bargain hunting.
8: Orchid House
The Estepona orchidarium is not only the largest in Europe but it features 5000 plants and 1300 species in its wow factor, state of the art dome building. An impressive waterfall makes the visiting experience even more enchanting. Whatever the time of year, you are guaranteed some truly spectacular blooms.
9: Amazonia Adventure Park
For yet more thrill seeking, head just outside of Estepona and spend an action-packed few hours up in the trees! Or more precisely, propelling yourself via one of ziplines – one of which is a breathtaking 240m long (the longest in Andalucia), skimming the treetops for an exhilarating experience. A grand total of 103 challenges and 22 ziplines await the intrepid… Do not forget your camera!
10: Authentic Flamenco
The resort of Estepona is also proud to attract some of the biggest flamenco stars in Andalucia to its bars, restaurants and live venues. These are a really authentic and traditional experience, complementing a wedding celebration with the culture and musical style of this diverse and vibrant region; a colourful spectacle enjoyed by guests of all ages.
Sunshine Weddings Spain is looking forward to welcoming more bridal couples to Estepona for their weddings this season and to making many more memories in this truly special place!