Estepona – Location
Estepona is one of the westernmost municipalities on the Costa del Sol, it is located between Marbella and Manilva, at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja, a mountainous formation that protects it from the cold winds and favors a mild microclimate throughout the year .
The old town in the center preserves the typical architecture of an Andalusian village, dotted with balconies full of flowers that stand out from the white of the houses. The municipality has become a tourist municipality of first order thanks to its magnificent beaches and the amount of quality facilities and services offered to visitors. These include the School of Equestrian Art of the Costa del Sol, the Selwo adventure park and the golf courses installed in its municipal area, as well as the possibility of practicing mountain activities from hiking to paragliding as well as water sports such as Sailing or Scuba diving thanks to the quality of its waters.
In the history of Estepona Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs are mixed. The time of its foundation could be dated during the Phoenician colonization and with much foundation in the Roman epoch. The most important settlement of this time is that of the Guadalmansa River area, where remains of some hot springs that could belong to the Roman city of Salduba. At the beginning of the 8th century the conquest of the Muslims took place. The fortress called “Munt Nis” or Castillo del Nicio was built, and later, in the time of Caliph Abderramán II, another fortress called Estebunna was built.
It succumbed to the Arab denomination in 1456 in run ordered by King Enrique IV of Castile. It is from that moment when the famous story of Estepona begins, being the king himself who orders the reconstruction of the castle. Time passed under the jurisdiction of Marbella when she was governor of these kingdoms Doña Juana “La Loca”, due to the absence of the Catholic Monarchs. Then it had something more than 600 neighbors. Estepona obtained from King Felipe V his total and absolute independence as textually stated in the Charter of Villazgo signed by the king himself in Seville on April 21, 1729 that is preserved in the municipal archives. From then on, it began its full development using its own natural resources, the sea and the countryside.
Sierra Bermeja – Estepona
Although Estepona extends its municipal area at sea level, most of its territory is within the Sierra Bermeja complex and the foothills that descend from it, of which we must highlight the Pico de los Reales (1,449 meters) of great ecological interest In this place highlights the Paseo de los Pinsapos, a beautiful natural environment where you can see that tree of the species of firs, surrounded by an impressive rest area to enjoy this place at any time of the year, always respecting the environment environment and without altering the natural ecosystem.
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