Travellers booking flights to Estepona are almost guaranteed sun - this Andalusian town, nestled between the sea and the Sierra Bermeja mountains, enjoys more than 325 days of sunshine per year. Estepona is renowned for its beaches too. The white-sand beaches stretch for a languid 20km.
It's a quieter spot, ideal for families. The port and marina are "working" - there are daily early-morning (be there at 6am) fish auctions. Turn up later, and the restaurants and bars in the marina area will have it cooked. Even as Estepona lacks the nightlife of other resorts in the province of Malaga, the marina is where you'll find lively pubs and bars. The Plaza de las Flores in the old quarter of Estepona is lined with cafes and the streets around the square are typically Andalusian - narrow and cobbled with white-washed houses and balconies spilling over with colourful flowers.
For a taste of Spain, the bull ring, on the outskirts of the town, has four museums, one with a collection of bullfighting memorabilia.
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- Estepona revels in its festivals - San Isidro Labrador, take place on May 15; Ferias y Fiestas mayores, the annual town festival, takes palce in July; Quema de los bigotes de San Juan, traditional night celebration on June 23; Virgen del Carmen, fishermen religious celebrations on July 16.
- There are weekly guided tours (every Thursday) of the old part of the town. The 90-minute tour leaves the tourist office in Avenida San Lorenzo at 10am and includes visits to the Plaza de las Flores, the San Luis Castle, the old town hall and the Plaza del Reloj.
- The beaches are magnificent. Rada beach is located in front of the town centre, and has Blue Flag status. It is the longest, most popular and has lots of facilities. The beach at Costa Natura was the first authorised nudist beach on the Costa del Sol. La Playa del Cristo (Cristo's Beach) is a cove. Sheltered from the winds, it is a year-round beach. "La Galera" and "Bahía Dorada" are rockier and less busy with sunseekers.
- The local towns of Casares, Benahavis, Ojen, Coin, Mijas, Alozaina, Tolox and Ronda are some of the White Towns, with histories stretching back to the time of the Moors.
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Gibraltar (GIB) is just 500 metres from Gibraltar's city centre and, at present, offers flights to the UK and Spain only.
Malaga Airport (AGP) is 8km (5 miles) southwest of Malaga and 5km (3 miles) north of Torremolinos.
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