In the first part of this article we focused on the coastal stretch between Cancelada and Guadalmina Baja, on the very eastern part of the Estepona shoreline, where it borders Marbella’s municipal boundaries. The second part highlights the beach clubs and coastal zone west of Cancelada’s beachside Costalita urbanisation and Estepona proper.
Just to the west of the luxurious Villa Padierna Club de Mar – which is located in Costalita but forms the beach club for the exclusive Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in the nearby country club resort of Los Flamingos – flows the little Arroyo Taraje country stream. Cross it in a westward direction and you come to Barraka Beach. This attractive beach restaurant offers a classically languid, laidback summer atmosphere that lays on fantastic grilled fish and seafood delicacies just made for family lunches or romantic dinners. The cocktails are fantastic and you have a choice of sandy beach by the sea or grassy lawns by the pool, as the two areas flow onto one another.
A little further west, near where the Río Guadalmansa reaches the sea, lies Heaven, one of the most famous beach bar chiringuitos on the Costa del Sol. Famous for its relaxed, surfer’s atmosphere and live music, it also features one of two kite surfing schools a short stroll along the beach. Quite elegant and rather more Polynesian in style is Tikitano Beach, a beachside restaurant with a panoramic wooden deck that allows you to take in the shoreline as it sweeps towards Gibraltar and North Africa. Tikitano is the kind of place where you do this while enjoying a fine meal or a good glass of wine.
Another beachside institution in these parts is Sonora Beach, a hippie chic destination that has a distinct surfer’s paradise feel about it. The closest thing to Tarifa (Europe’s kite-surfing capital about an hour west from here), Sonora Beach enjoys a cult following thanks to its live music and cool vibe. Chiringuito Torre Velerin is a little more traditional and understated but also offers a wonderfully laidback ambience in a lovely seaside location complete with classic fish and seafood dishes, Spanish wine and classic summer ambience.
The same can be said of Crusoes Beach Bar, which offers a more informal and economical alternative to the more luxurious venues of nearby Laguna Village, the stylish little beachside commercial centre, which apart from boutiques, restaurants and cafés is also home to the svelte Purobeach Marbella beach club. One of the finest in Marbella, it’s a place to take the sun in style while enjoying cocktails, a massage, live DJs and some of the best sushi cuisine on the Costa del Sol.
A series of luxury apartments front the beach after the Kempinski Hotel, where you will come across Golden Mile Beach, a charming little chiringuito restaurant ideal for a relaxing beachside drink or fresh fish meal. Once you pass this point you come to Estepona town, whose main beach, marina and western areas are home to a fine collection of beach clubs described in part 3 of this Estepona beach club guide.