There are many golf courses around Estepona including:
There is no shortage of places to play tennis on the Costa del Sol. One of the most famous clubs is the Manolo Santana Club in Marbella where the Marbella Open is held each summer.
Most of the area's better hotels offer tennis facilities, there are also courts at The La Duquesa Golf & Country Club which is located opposite Puerto Duquesa Marina. Ideal tennis playing conditions with an average daily temperature of 20 deg.C make it possible to play tennis all year round.
A riding school is located at The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre in Estepona, they provide lessons or simply hire horses for riding. La Almuna farm/guesthouse (952 15 13 43) near Gaucin will provide horses for experienced riders only. You can also hire horses near Tarifa for riding across the miles of sand dunes. If you wish to see dressage and demonstrations they are held every Thursday morning at The Andalucian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez. Many local tour operators have organised trips to Jerez which also usually also include a visit to a sherry bodega.
There are numerous places to hire horses. Farms, riding schools, hotels and small stables offer a wide range of horses ranging from solid local Andalucian horses to stunning white stallions with tumbling manes.
Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa Del Sol
Based in Estepona, this is one of the best equestrian centres in Spain. Extensive facilities. BHS and ABRS approved training and examination centre. Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa Del Sol, Estepona, Malaga Tel. 952 808 077.
Hurricane Hotel (Tariffa)
Situated right on the beach, this well known Moorish style hotel has good riding facilities, offering beach rides, lessons or four day excursions through mountains trails to Ronda. Tarifa, Cadiz. Tel: 956 684 919
Caballo Blanco Trekking
Unique trekking centre in the heart of Andalucia, impressive horses available for hire from 1-8 hours every day. BHS qualified instructor offering both riding & jumping lessons. Further details on the Horse riding Holidays Page. Cortijo La Chaparra, Granada. Tel (0034) 6277 94891 / (0034) 9583 47175
Valderrama Equestrian Centre
In the hills just above Sotogrande, professional tuition in dressage, jumping and competition preparation. Lessons from beginners upwards with BHSAI and escorted hacks in delightful countryside. Livery service available.
Los Caireles Riding Club, Marbella
Trips and excursions to mountain villages, horse rental, beginners lessons, spanish style dressage, horse training, liveries. Open Tuesday to Sunday in Marbella.
Born to be Wild Adventures - Jeep & Dolphin eco-tours
Based in Marbella Born to be Wild offer unforgettable adventures from half a day to a full day. They have a multilingual team to help you discover and enjoy the wonders of Andalucia. Pilot you own speedboat, a fast and unsinkable craft, without needing a permit, and their professional guides will help you locate the dolphins. Or discover the marvels of the Sierra de Las Nieves by open roof jeeps, 80% of the time OFF ROAD.
For more information visit their website at http://www.borntobewild.es/
Or contact them on (0034) 639 720 246 or 606 454 431 or 952 113 511 E mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Enquiry from Estepona Villas
Benahavis Quad Tours offers you an exciting and different way of discovering some of the most stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline and Andalucian Countryside. Their 300cc quad bikes are fully automatic making them ideal for novice & advance riders. So why not take the opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating adrenaline rush as you explore Andalucia through dry & wet river beds, high mountain tracks & trails, plunging valleys and forests. For more information visit their website at http://www.benahavisquadtours.com/
Or contact them on (0034) 663 740 718South Coast Quad - are run by an English family who decided to offer something different to do in Spain & take pride introducing you to a fun day out. So why not take the opportunity and live life in the open air of the Mijas mountains and in harmony with nature - they will find you the best route up into the mountains, stop for a quick drink in a typical venta and return by breathtaking views to the coast.
Located in Fuengirola Port Tel: 676 771 120
The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos is fun for all the family with exciting guided tours and live demonstrations with experienced keepers. The crocodile Park hosts the largest croc in Europe and has a baby croc nursery. If you're feeling brave you can even hold a live crocodile!
For more information visit their website at http://www.crocodile-park.com/eng/index.html
Or contact them on (0034) 952 05 17 82 e-mail: mailto:email@example.com?subject=Enquiry from Estepona Villas
SELWO is a nature park unique in Europe where animals of the five continents coexist in semi wild conditions. The park is divided into several zones, each of which features a variety of different animals. The first remarkable area which you will encounter is the lagoon which is populated by exotic birds, including some colourful flamingos. Nearby are habitats suitable for birds and monkeys. One of the park's most striking man-made features is the bird canyon, a massive enclosed area of hills and plants, within which more than 40 different species of birds live freely. A great part of the circuit is made in all-terrain trucks, although there is lots to see on foot, so I recommend you to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Also there is limited shade so summer visitors should remember to bring along a hat and sun cream. Open 7 days from 10 am.
Autovía Costa del Sol, km 162,5; Las Lomas del Monte s/n ; 29680 ESTEPONA Tél : (34) 902 19 04 82
Fly Blue Gran Catamaran offer daily 3 hour cruises. Sail along the Mediterranean while looking for dolphins and enjoying the views of the Costa del Sol. Cool off in the clear blue waters of the Meditteranean then enjoy a BBQ and a glass of Sangria.
For more information visit their website at: http://www.fly-blue.com/
Enquiries & Bookings: (0034) 952 923 633 or 696 50 11 59 e-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Enquiry from Estepona Villas
Days Afloat Boat Charter
Based in Marbella Days Afloat offers you, hourly, half day and full day charters on board a Monterey 262 Cruiser. Plan your own day and enjoy the clear blue waters snorkling, swimming & looking for dolphins or just relax on board and top up your tan whilst taking in the views of the Costa Del Sol.
For more information visit Craig's website at www.freewebs.com/craigboatcharter
Or contact him on (0034) 952 883 097 or 652 129 53 e-mail mailto:email@example.com?subject=Enquiry from Estepona Villas
Walk Spain brings you exclusive walks in the beautiful Sierra De Las Nieves with a knowledgeable and experienced local guide.
From our base in the mountain top white village of Yunquera, we offer village tours & day walks. Walk Spain focuses on enjoyment of the rich nature and history of the area, not on achieving mileage or speed.
For more information visit their website at http://www.walkspain.com/ Or contact Davy Johnston on 0034 619 732 245
The Lobo Park (Wolf Park) is located near to Antequera, an unspoilt nature and wildlife park in the heart of Andalusia. You will find four large enclosures and observe European wolves, Timber wolves, the rare white Alaska-Tundra wolves (polar wolves) and Iberian Wolves. The 40-hectare protected and untouched nature park has innumerable rare plant and animal species. Unlike other parks you find socialised but not domesticated wolves that live in a semi-natural environment. The guided tour (Spanish and English) will lead you through the park and explain everything you need to know to have a better understanding for these precious animals.
See the pack when they are most active and you even get the chance to howl along! If you are looking for a very special evening out, don't miss the regular weekend "Howl Nights" from May until October (During the Winter period once a month). Enjoy a BBQ on the terrace with a spectacular view of the El Torcal during sun set. Our "Wolf Howl Night" is a unique experience which will stay in the memory of the visitors. Definitely unforgettable!
For more information please visit: http://www.lobopark.com/
The Park is opened daily:
Jan. - Dec. 10:00 - 18:00
Everyday at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 & 16:30
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays every hour 11:00 - 15:00 & 16:30
There are 15 marinas on the Andalucian coast - the most local ones to Estepona are Estepona, Puero Duquesa and Sotogrande. From most you can hire windsurfers, jet-skis, sailing dinghies and go water-skiing and fishing. Usually there are larger boats you can charter by the day from the marina office.
The areas around the Guadalhorce Lakes, El Chorro & Torcal (see Places to Visit for more info) have some of the most beautiful scenic countryside in Andalucia.
For more information see http://www.andalucia.com/rural/walking.htm
Those who find hiking not quite exciting enough, may like to try mountaineering, rock climbing or caving, all of which are popular in this part of Spain with a wealth of challenges and some of the best areas in Europe outside the Alps.
The Garganta el Chorro (El Chorro Gorge - pictured here), two and a half miles long, up to 1,300 feet deep, and, in places, barely 30 feet wide, briefly splits the Andalusian heartland. Join the countless climbers who home in from all over the world and whose bright colors make its walls shimmer. Choose from over 200 routes traced into the rock face. Their names-The Policeman Stole My Walkman, Brain Clot, Mama Wants to be a Bullfighter-are as intriguing as the routes themselves. Standards range from beginner-type clambering up the Placa de los Cotos to scary routes up the near-vertical walls of the gorge's steepest sections. There are several mountaineering clubs and some challenging rock faces, particularly around the area of El Chorro near Alora (see above). Sierra de las Nieves, between Ronda and Malaga or Sierra Almijara are also popular with climbers.
The nearest aqua park is on the Fuengirola ring-road (about 40 mins from Estepona) next to the turn off for Coin/Mijas Golf. The other is located near the town of Torremolinos. Families travel from as far away as Gibraltar to spend a day at the Mijas aqua park. The aqua parks open from about Easter onwards for the summer season. Look out for special entrance offers in the local English newspapers (The Entertainer & Sur).
I certainly don't advocate you try your hand at this! But if there is a bullfight on at The Plaza de Toros in Estepona (opposite the entrance to the marina), and you are interested in Spanish tradition, it may well be worth a visit ..... and yes there is blood and they do kill the bulls.
Sala de Fiestas Bona Dea: (tel 952 816 044) at Nueva Andalucia which is near Puerto Banus (25/30 mins by car). This show of Spanish classic ballet and flamenco is every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 2230 (please check current times and dates); there is also an optional restaurant and bar service from 9pm.
Pub Flamenco Albero y Arte: (Calle Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Marbella). Very difficult to find but worth the effort if you are looking for authentic flamenco. An unusual, small venue frequented by artists.
Valpariso Restaurant: (tel 952 485 996) On a Thursday evening (check for current program), located on the Fuengirola to Mijas Pueblo road.
The above are staged for tourists; if you are looking for 'real flamenco' then there are also many ferias and fiestas throughout the year where flamenco can be seen.
Big game fishing between March to October - enjoy an unforgettable day aboard Sama (pictured here). Based in Benalmadena port, for full details tel. (0034) 617 923 178.
Also try Luna 5 also based in Benalmadena Marina - you should see the picture of their record tuna catch of 628lb ! Their boat is a new luxury Astinor 1000 with twin 240 hp diesels, cabin, shower, flybridge etc - full details at (0034) 670 611 427
Established in 1969, the Original Dolphin Safari TM is the longest running and most popular marine safari in Europe. Based in Gibraltar our brand new boat called GOLDFIN, 430 horse power, is especially designed to watch dolphins and whales in the bay and Straits of Gibraltar. Strong, fast, modern, safe, with all the accommodation necessary inside and outside for one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experience of your life.
For Reservations telephone: (0034) 607 290 400
There any many many day tours that are available with pick ups in the Fuengirola & Mijas areas. Trips include: Gibraltar, Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Ronda, Tangiers, Tetuan (Morocco), Ceuta, Torcal, Jerez, Frigiliana etc.
All can be booked from many agencies in the area.
Enjoy the thrill of the many rides and amusements, using the Tivolino, the parks own currency or alternatively you may take advantage of the Supertivolino, which is a special offer that enables unlimited use of some 30 rides. There are several squares where you will enjoy varied free shows. At the Wester Square: An authentic reproduction of a Wild West Town, you will be delighted by sensational French Can-Can, and Country Western Shows. Also special kids shows are performed. At Andalusian Square, you will be able to appreciate the Andalusian Folklore with the best Flamenco and Spanish Ballet shows on the Coast. In high season there is an open air theatre which caters for all tastes with live music, folklore, dances etc.
Avda de Tivoli s/n Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. 29631, Málaga. España.
July & August open 1800 to 0200 - for other months Tel: (0034) 952 577 016
Enjoy an unforgettable experience for the whole family as you explore the wonderful sea creatures of the marine world at Sea Life Benalmadena.
Discover the kingdom of the seahorses and enjoy our colourful tropical fish.
Enjoy the biggest collection of sharks in Europe and come face to face with more than 20 species of sharks from around the world. Located in Benalmadena Port, open daily from 10 am.For more information, please call on (0034) 952 56 01 50
One 2 One diving are a friendly & professional team that invites you to experience the wide selection of marine life that the Costa del Sol has to offer … with stunning reefs, dramatic cavern & wall dives, boat dives, night dives and deep dives there is something for every one.
The team dive at a variety of sites, with itineraries based on customer’s levels of experience and prevailing weather conditions. Popular locations include Gibraltar, Tarifa, Marbella and Nerja each offering a different underwater experience. One 2 One offer a fun family experience with bubble maker and seal team for the kids and a full range of diving courses from ‘Discover Scuba’ through to PADI professional certification for the adults. They are also the only dive school I know of on the coast that offer facilities for disabled divers with an HAS trained instructor.
Snorkelling is also very popular in the marine reserve and equipment including buoyancy aids may be rented.
I personally dive with One 2 One regularly and recommend a fun day out with them, visit their web site at http://www.one2onediving.com/
A Balloon Flight in Spain ................ a truly magical experience!
Come and join us for the exclusive thrill of a lighter-than-air flight in the undiscovered Andalucian hinterland near to the Costa del Sol, and take a birds-eye view of the spectacular Spanish countryside. Weather permitting, we offer daily passenger flights in Ronda and Antequera two of the most historic towns in Andalucia and only a short drive from either Marbella or Malaga. With the predominantly good flying conditions here in Southern Spain, we can offer balloon flights all year round. The changing seasons enhance the experience and offer something unique during each flight. So climb aboard and enjoy the magic of the oldest and gentlest form of aviation.
For more information please visit: http://www.balloonflightsspain.com/