History of Estepona

Timeline of the History of Estepona


The village’s origin hasn't been fully determined, but there have been findings of some artifacts believed to belong to some sort of Prehistoric settlement.


The first known inhabitants of Estepona were the Phoenicians, who established a commercial trading post at this point, founded it and called it Astapa.
Some historians connect Estepona to the Iberian town of Saldaba, while others think it was located in Marbella, and there are those who cite Cilciana as the origin of the village. The hill at El Torreón hosts some ruins that well may be part of this primitive settlement.

Roman Empire

It is known that the town was besieged by the Roman Lucius Marcius to punish its residents for having remained loyal to the Carthaginians. In 208 B. C. it was finally conquered by the Roman Army.


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Islamic Empire

After many confrontations between Muslims and Christians, Alfonso XI fought a historic battle off the coast of Estepona in 1342 and emerged victorious.
The village was subsequently conquered by Enrique IV, under whose rule the San Luis castle was built, of which some ruins still remain at the Calle Castillo.

Christian Era

The locality was subject to the jurisdiction of Marbella until 1729, when Felipe V granted it the independence by means of a document called a “carta de villazgo” (charter of royal burgh privileges) that is preserved in the municipal archives.

Modern Times

Estepona is one of the leading centers of tourism on the Costa del Sol today, rivaling neighbor Marbella.

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