The western Costa del Sol, from Estepona to Sotogrande, is a lesser developed area of the coast, with magnificent mountain backdrops and verdant surroundings. Exclusive neighbourhoods and stunning properties come as standard in these areas and some of the best golf courses in Southern Spain can be found here too.

Estepona, the most popular town in the area, has a charming old quarter, bursting with narrow cobbled streets, that contrasts with its modern marina and offers up some traditional cuisine as well (try octopus or fried sardines). The beach is also a draw, offering sunbathing, water sports and dining on seafood platters.

Sotogrande is a ‘city’ on the sea, with a large display of up-market homes, from moorish/mudejar style, to 21st century design, and some incredible architecture in between. There are many beach bars and restaurants as well as a top class marina, a spectacular natural reserve wild park, 5 world class golf courses including the famous Valderrama and the polo club.

The best way to get around Estepona & Sotogrande is by car. It is about a one and a half hour drive from the airport in Malaga. Take the AP-7 motorway from the airport, passing exits for Marbella and Estepona, but continue on to Sotogrande, taking EXIT 130. If you prefer to use public transport there is a bus route that runs from the Estepona station (for La Linea) to Sotogrande, consult the timetables here. The train from Seville to Marbella also stops in Estepona. Estepona & Sotogrande