Go expat in… moving to Estepona
Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Estepona
Moving to Estepona: the best of west of Málaga
For Expatlandia, it still feels very Spanish. You’ll have all the advantages of a thriving local expat network to call upon, yet you won’t feel like you’re living in an enclave. A 21km-long coastline full of beautiful beaches explains its enduring popularity with tourists.
The sunny weather and tourist infrastructure could well lull you into thinking you’re on holiday 365. Which can be dangerous, especially to your savings. Make sure you’ve got employment lined up before relocating, to be on the safe side.
In and out
Head west along the AP-7 from Aeropuerto de Málaga and you’ll need to travel 81.2km to reach Estepona. That’s around 48 minutes, without traffic. This is a toll road, so be prepared to stump up at the gates for charges.
The International School Estepona educates children from two years old up to 12. Bear in mind that the move from primary to secondary school in Spain takes place a year later than in the UK. You’ll find this 3,200 square metres of educational establishment in Benavista.
Shop until you drop…
Classy out-of-town Laguna Village isn’t your average shopping centre. It’s got a couple of beach clubs, for a start. You’ll be able to buy clothes to dress to impress at the shops specializing in the latest and greatest clobber.
Estepona is not short on property. From apartments all the way up to villas, there’s plenty to choose from. Including bargains such as plots of lands which the authorities have given permission to build on.
Apartments start around the €75.000 mark whilst villas can go all the way up to €12.500.00.
In Praise Of
“You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else quite like Estepona. For a small town, it has lots to offer. What with its street art, poetry route, rejuvenated old town, Blue-Flag beaches, botantical gardens, orchid house, and so much more set to the stunning Sierra Bermeja backdrop. It’s a great place to visit and an even better place to live!” Marianne Hill (This Spanish Life).
- Are you an expat in Estepona? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
About your questions…Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.