Guide to sport in Estepona

By Gilmar 

| 23rd Dec

With the benevolent climate of the Costa del Sol, Estepona is the kind of place where you can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle full of activity and year-round sport. If the conditions are perfect for sport in Estepona, so are the facilities, ensuring that there is something for everyone, from playing and watching sport to hiking, cycling, water sports, horse riding and even martial arts.

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Golf in Estepona

Given that this is the ‘Costa del Golf’, most sport reviews on the Costa del Sol begin with this fine game. In the Estepona area alone there are eight courses, ranging from the classic Atalaya Golf & Country Club and the Gary Player-designed El Paraíso Golf in the east to the Doña Julia Golf Club in the west. In-between you will find the beautiful Tuscan-inspired fairways of the Los Flamingos Golf Club – technically in Benahavis municipality but closer to Estepona – and in Selwo on the New Golden Mile the more informal Club de Golf El Coto and La Resina Golf & Country Club. Just west of Estepona marina, itself only a short distance from the charming historic centre, are the Valle Romano Golf & Resort, and the charming Estepona Golf Club – ensuring that you needn’t stray too far to indulge in a very wide range of courses.

Racquet clubs in Estepona

Among the many racquet clubs offering tennis and paddle – a version of tennis that mixes elements of squash – the Bel Air Tennis Club stands out for its facilities, lively membership and academy. The Villa Padierna Racquet Club, set right by the beach in Costalita, opposite Cancelada, has a very gentlemanly country club feel about it, and the Club de Tenis Estepona enables you to play surrounded by peace and beautiful natural scenery. In contrast, the Lesports Padel centre in the Estepona poligono offers covered facilities that make it possible to play paddle tennis even on those few and far between rainy days.

Horse riding in Estepona

There are several facilities in the area, but the top equestrian centre in the Marbella area undoubtedly is the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol. Situated just inland from the Kempinski resort hotel, on the east side of town, it offers stabling, training, horse riding excursions and also fantastic dressage displays – a must for horse lovers.

Martial Arts in Estepona

The Club Deportivo Ruiz Dojo offers gym facilities, modern dance and karate, while Taekwondo Estepona is the place for adults and children who love training and competition. Kids Sport Marbella, situated near Selwo, designs its offering around children, and the area also offers a full range of gyms such as Gimnasio Buddha Gym, Centro Deportivo Las Mesas and Synergym Estepona, which provide a broad selection of the latest weight training, cardiovascular and aerobic programmes for different levels of proficiency.

In addition to the martial arts, dance and running clubs in Estepona, this is also a fantastic area for hiking, cycling, canyoning, mountain biking or simply walking the dog. The Sierra Bermeja mountain range, which rises up just inland from the town, offers lots of natural beauty spots in which to exercise and enjoy fresh air as eagles hover overhead in the clear blue skies. The Estepona marina offers water sports such as sailing, jet-ski, scuba diving and also whale-watching excursions, while football fans won’t want to miss the junior camps held here in the summer and managed by legends such as Vicente del Bosque and Claudio Caniggia. Most often, they take place at the delightful new Estadio Francisco Muñoz Pérez.

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