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Marbella has often been seen as the centre of the Costa del Sol and had the lion’s share of facilities, including the main hospital for the region. However, this is changing, with towns such as Estepona on the Western Costa del Sol developing amazing amenities, restaurants and shopping to rival Marbella.
Estepona has pretty streets, lots of charm and great wide beaches. It already has some lovely shopping on the pedestrianised Calle Mar and scattered around the town, with lots of the big brands, plus independent shops. There are also plans to build a shopping centre and cinema right in the centre, which be a big boost for the area.
The latest development is that a new hospital has finally been given the official go ahead and they are starting the tendering process. This is a great result for the residents of the western Costa del Sol who have had a 40km journey to the nearest public hospital. This impressive modern hospital will be built within two years and will have A&E, surgical wing, areas for women and children and much more.
This final piece of the puzzle will add to the already great changes that Estepona has seen over the last five years. Its Old Town has been transformed with coloured pots and lovely squares to explore, everything is clean, neat, tidy and very welcoming. They have added huge murals around the town, as well as a new botanical garden which has a wonderful collection of orchids, not to mention a huge indoor waterfall, and it’s a joy to stroll down the long sea front promenade.
The restaurants and bars are excellent, with a great atmosphere in the beachfront restaurants, in the pretty squares or streets with cafes and restaurants spilling out onto the pavement. The area is becoming very desirable, yet prices for long term rentals in Estepona are still significantly below those of Marbella, so it’s an excellent option if you’re looking to relocate to the Costa del Sol.
We have a great value two bedroom long term rental apartment which is just ten minutes from the centre of Estepona and a short stroll to a golf and country club. The luxury commercial centre of Laguna Village with its excellent restaurants is nearby too. You can get two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two terraces, a large lounge and dining area, a well equipped kitchen, and access to a shared garden and pool for just 550€ per month.
If you would like to live in Estepona, but aren’t ready to buy, long term rental is an excellent choice. Please contact us to find out more.