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Ruta de los Fruteros – © 2018 Sur Estates

The weekend of the 5 th, 6 th and 7th of October 2018 took place the Xth Edition of the “Ruta de los Fruteros” (the Route of the Fruit Merchants) between Estepona and Ceuta.
What is la Ruta de Los Fruteros?

“La Ruta de los Fruteros” (the route of the fruit merchants) is a nautical event that was brought back to life by members of the Real Club Náutico de Estepona (The Royal Nautical Club of Estepona) with aim to recreate the nautical journeys of those intrepid merchants from Estepona that during the XVIIIth, XIXth and beginning of the XXth century, used to sail to sell local products (mainly fruits and vegetables) to the city of Ceuta located on the tip of the African coast, just across the Strait of Gibraltar.

During the XVIIIth, XIXth and beginning of the XXth centuries tradesmen from Estepona used to enter the strait of Gibraltar on very fragile boats, to create a new point of commerce for the town of Estepona.

Tradesmen from Estepona used to export mainly medlars, lupin, lemon, oranges, figs and olive oil amongst other products from the local farms. Whistle in Ceuta, they would purchase all types of salted fish to sell once they reached Estepona again.

In those days Estepona did not have a port, so the sailing boats would leave from La Rada Beach in the center of town. These boats were built in local shipyards, used to measure between 10 and 12 meters (32 to 39 feet) and have Latin sails. There was a period in history when more that 100 sailing boats would trade between Estepona and Ceuta.
The journey in those days, as it is today, was very difficult due to the strong currents of the strait of Gibraltar and the two predominating winds, Levante (East wind blows from the Alborán Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar) and Poniente (West wind which blows from the Atlantic Ocean to the Strait of Gibraltar).

For these tradesmen and sailors, the journey on sailing boats wasn’t easy; they couldn’t just draw a straight line and sail to Ceuta. Due to the weather conditions, they would have to sail from Estepona, pass the Gibraltar and often having to reach as far as Tarifa in order to be able to make the crossing of the Strait and be able to sail back Ceuta, without missing the town due to the currents and winds.

Think year the Xth Ruta de Los Fruteros took place the first weekend of October. The Director and members of Sur Estates (Real Estate Agency in Estepona) were invited by the RCNE (The Royal Nautical Club of Estepona) to join the regatta.

The event started Friday evening with a cocktail presentation in the The Royal Nautical Club of Estepona. Here captains of the boats discussed they journey and presented the planning of the whole weekend.

The chosen regatta method was the traditional Travesía en Conserva (canned sailing) emulating the traditional method of transportation. Sailing in Conserva, like they used to originally travel, meant that all the boats were sailing together, one next to the other, like sardines placed in a can for conservation (conserva). This type of sailing was the method used for many centuries for two main reasons, to provide assistance between the vessels in case of problems while sailing and secondly to avoid any possible piracy attack.
On Saturday morning, about 70 participants met at the Royal Nautical Club of Estepona for breakfast and final briefing. All the participants met with their vessels in front La Rada beach and after a siren signal, a total of 14 boats, both sailing and engine vessels started their journey towards Ceuta.

The winds from Levante made it quite a pleasant journey, although crossing the strait is never easy. The sailing boats took between 5 and 7 hours to cover the 35 nautical miles.
In the afternoon the Board of Tourism of the city of Ceuta invited all participants to a tour of the beautiful city. A dinner was held at the Restaurant El Cielo. Here the President and Vice President of the RCN CAS de Ceuta (Royal Nautic Club of Ceuta), Mr. Julio Sillero and Mr. Ignacio Tendero offered to Mr. Manuel Pavón (new President of RCNE) a Ceitil (a coin from the city of Ceuta with Portuguese origins) as a sign of hospitality between both sailing clubs.

On Sunday, the journey back from Ceuta to Estepona was carried with very strong winds and high waves coming from Poniente wind. While crossing the strait the waves were reaching at times more than two meters (6,5 feet) in height and challenging all boats.

The tenth anniversary of La Ruta de Los Fruteros was a truly unforgettable experience, taught us a lot about local history, traditions, fraternity and all the beauty involved in the world of sailing. From here, Mr. Max Cignetti, would like to thank Mr. Antonio Simón Sánchez, not just his yacht professor and a true reference in the nautical world here in Spain, but also for his invitation, for sharing his vast knowledge and for the wonderful time spent this journey.

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Menara Beach – © 2018 Sur Estates

The Urbanization Menara Beach is a luxury residential complex that is situated on the beachfront on the New Golden Mile of the Costa del Sol, exactly on the Guadalmansa Beach in Estepona.

The Guadalmansa Beach is located 10 kilometers from the center of Estepona and about 11 kilometers from Puerto Banús.

This beach is perfect for those residents or visitors who want to escape the crowds of some beaches in the summer months. Guadalmansa Beach also has a very spacious green area, perfectly maintained, where we find a magnificent watchtower known as the “Tower of Guadalmansa” that was built in the 10th century by Muslims, this being one of the seven watchtowers that we find in Estepona. With its 14 meters of height, said tower is one of the most beautiful of all the coast of Malaga.

The beach of Guadalmansa has a very large parking area, a restaurant and several beach bars where you can rent umbrellas, hammocks and sun loungers. In it we also find showers and public toilets, as well as an area enabled for water sport activities such as canoeing, kite surfing and sailing.

This exclusive development on the beachfront was completed in 2002 and bears the signature of Melvin Villaroel Roldan, one of the most renowned architects in Spain, renowned for his avant-garde designs and creator of some of the most exclusive developments on the Costa del Sol.

The Urbanization Menara Beach is composed of 21 blocks, divided into 3 zones and built in the shape of “Y”. These blocks have a maximum height of 4 floors. Menara Beach consists of 105 luxury apartments in which we find apartments on the ground floor with private garden, on the first floor with very large terraces and duplex penthouses. Each block has 5 homes, 2 on the ground floor, 2 on the first floor and above the duplex penthouses, so all apartments are usually very private, since at most they have only one neighbor next door per block.

The apartments in Menara Beach are positioned in three different orientations.

We have southeast facing homes, southwest facing properties and south facing estates. All the houses in this luxury complex are very bright and the architects studied the land very well to position the houses so that you have the greatest exposure to the sun, so any orientation is excellent.

The difference between the orientations that we find is that the homes oriented to the southeast, usually have morning light, from dawn to 1:00 pm/2:00pm depending on the time of year. This orientation is very advantageous especially in the summer months, since there is usually shade in the afternoon when it is warmer. This orientation is usually preferred among Spanish owners or people who reside on the Costa del Sol throughout the year.

The apartments with southwest orientation usually have direct light from 11:00 am to 12:00 am depending on the time of year, until the last hour of sunset, which in summer can arrive until 10:30 pm. This orientation is usually preferred by non-resident and foreign owners, since sun exposure is greater and they usually want to make the most of sunny hours on their terraces. These apartments are especially nice in the winter months, when the sun is usually lower and not as strong.

The properties with south orientation in Menara Beach are very few and usually face the sea. Although the idea of having a south orientation is usually related to “having sun in the house all day”, the apartments in this urbanization of the luxury oriented to the south, usually have sun from 9:00 am/10:00am, to the 7:00 pm/8:00pm depending on the time of year.
The apartments in Menara Beach are very spacious; the smallest are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with an area of 157m2 built (122m2 of housing plus 35m2 of terrace). The duplex penthouses of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms are usually the most spacious and have a total area of 288m2 (188m2 of housing plus 80m2 of terrace).

In the common areas of the complex we find 3 swimming pools. Two of them are outside and one of them has a waterfall, while the heated pool is inside with an ideal temperature all year. In the indoor pool area we also find saunas (divided for men and women), a gym, library, table tennis and vending machines for drinks and snacks. In addition, there is a summer bar where in the summer there is live music.

Menara Beach has magnificent tropical gardens with streams and ponds that lead to the sea, where the owners can enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the African coast.  The complex also offers a very secure environment, with video surveillance and 24-hour security.

Menara Beach offers a unique environment, ideal for those who want to live in a quiet environment and one of the most exclusive environments the Costa del Sol can offer. Sur Estates specializes in the sale, rental and purchase of apartments and penthouses in Menara Beach. If you want to sell, rent or buy a home in Menara Beach do not hesitate to contact us.

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Edificio El Faro

Sea view from a frontline apartment in Edificio El Faro in Estepona (Malaga Province) – © 2018 Sur Estates

The complex El Faro, located in Estepona Port is one of those emblematic buildings located in the Marina of Estepona.  El Faro, as it is known locally, sits on a beachfront position, between the Estepona lighthouse and the bullring.

This complex takes the name after the Punta Doncella Lighthouse which was first built in 1861 by Engineer Antonio Molina.  Back then the lighthouse was circular and had a height of 8,5 meters.

The Estepona Lighthouse together with the Punta Almina Lighthouse (located in Ceuta) are of great importance, as they issue two luminous signals that help maritime traffic pass through the strait of Gibraltar.
Due to its importance, the first lighthouse was replaced in 1922, by the current lighthouse, which now has an octagonal shape, its 20 meters high and sits 31 meters above sea level.  After all the improvements, the Estepona Lighthouse has a scope of vision of 18 nautical miles (approximately 33 kilometers).

The Edificio El Faro in Estepona is also located next to the Estepona town hall.  There are 2 main entrances to the complex, one through Avenida del Carmen (also known as the north entrance) and the southern entrance, which can be accessed by the promenade.

The Edificio El Faro is very centrally located, only a few hundred meters from El Cristo Beach and less than a minute walk from Playa de la Rada.  The old town of Estepona is less than 10 minutes walk.  Within a short walking distance, you will find several shops (supermarkets, butchers, pharmacies, hairdressers, etc), bars and restaurants, many of which are the favorites for locals and holiday makers alike.   Just below the building you will also find a park and a bus stop which can take you to different parts of Estepona, Marbella and connect to the airport or Malaga city.

The complex has a “U” shape facing the sea and the lighthouse and it surrounds the communal pool.  The Edificio El Faro is divided in 5 blocks and has a height of 6 floors, which sit above several shops.

The Blocks 1 and 5 are the closest located to the sea and the lighthouse, providing some of the most amazing views one can find in Estepona.  It is quite normal to be able to see the African coast from most of the terraces and in winter months, one can even see the lights of Gibraltar, the lights of the lighthouse of Punta Almina or even Ceuta.  The two blocks can be accessed directly by the parking area and the main entrance, although the most used entrance is located on the promenade, next to the lighthouse.  Most of the apartments in these blocks are south, southeast or southwest facing.

Block 4 of Edificio el Faro can also be accessed from the promenade, although the main entrance to the building is the most commonly used.  Block 4 is also a south facing block and some apartments face also the east.

Blocks 2 and Block 3 are located next to the main entrance of Edificio el faro, some of these face north and depending on the height within the building, they will have views towards the bullring and Sierra Bermeja.   Other apartments in

Blocks 2 and 3 face east and west and provide a pleasant view.

If you are looking to rent or purchase a beachfront apartment in Estepona, Edificio El Faro is a great option.  The Edificio El Faro in Estepona was built in the 80s and it is quite a tall building designed in a traditional Andalucian style, in this complex you will find in it some very spacious apartments with breathtaking sea views.

In the apartments in this complex are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, most of them come with a garage space and some come with a storage room.

We are specialist in real estate transactions in El Faro, so if you are thinking of buying, selling or renting a property in Edificio El Faro in Estepona, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Puerto Paraíso

Puerto Paraíso is a development located in the beautiful Marina of Estepona. This urbanization was built in the mid-80s and is known for its four towers (which are more than 10 stories high) that rest on a beachfront position in the Marina.

A curious fact, that most of the people who do not reside there do not know, is that the Puerto Paraíso Urbanization, is not only composed of 4 buildings that can be seen from different parts of the port, but that this urbanization is composed by different 8 blocks.

Four of them are located in the upper part, where Block 1 is located in the end part of the port (towards the west), let’s say closer to the well-known Playa del Cristo, followed by blocks 2 and 3 that are located in the middle of the urbanization and block 4 which is situated the most oriental part, in the main entrance of the Puerto Deportivo de Estepona, between Avenida del Carmen and Calle Luis Braille.

Below these 4 buildings, we also find blocks 5, 6, 7 and 8, which are located above different shops and restaurants. The apartments located in blocks 5 and 6 have an entrance from Luis Braille street, while blocks 7 and 8 of the Puerto Paraíso urbanization are accessed directly from Avenida del Carmen.

This complex, also has common areas where we find 2 community pools, the first located between blocks 1 and 2, and the second between blocks 3 and 4. These are open from 8:00 AM  until 10: 00 PM and from both swimming pools we can enjoy wonderful views towards the marina, the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful lighthouse of Estepona, also known as the Punta Doncella Lighthouse.

The Urbanization Puerto Paraíso located in Estepona is ideal to reside in it all year round given that the apartments, most of which have beautiful views of the sea or the Sierra Bermeja mountain are located in an ideal position. Less than a couple of minutes’ walk, we find different bars and restaurants, such as “A la Mar” known for its succulent English breakfasts, the “Viceversa” known for its famous “fish & chip” or the “Sunday Roast” . For typical Andalusian dishes, we recommend the famous tapas of the Halomon bar and the restaurants “La Taberna de Lucia del Puerto” and “La Escollera”, famous for their fresh fish from the local fish market located in the port. Puerto Paraiso is also less than 300 meters from the beach of El Cristo (Blue Flag) and the same distance from the beach of La Rada (also Blue Flag). At less than 2 minutes’ walk from Puerto Paraiso we also find 2 supermarkets, the Supersol which is open every day in the summer months and the Supercor Express that opens every day of the year until 2:00 AM.

In the Puerto Paraiso urbanization, the apartments are very spacious, facing south, east or west. Their sizes range from 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom to 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

With more than 325 sunny days per year, the owners of apartments in the Puerto Paraíso Urbanization, can rent their homes throughout the year, either with long-term or short-term.   The apartments are usually rented from Easter until the start of classes by families with children. In the months of September, October and November, they are usually rented by golfers from northern Europe.

Sur Estates, which owns a real estate agency in Puerto Deportivo, specializes in the sale of apartments in the Puerto Paraíso Urbanization in Estepona. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this promotion, do not hesitate to contact us.

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After more than four months of hard work and reforms, the real estate agency Sur Estates, opened a new office in the Marina of Estepona.

The inauguration took place last May 5th in the presence of clients, friends, colleagues and the beloved Mayor of the Hon. Town hall of Estepona, Don José María García Urbano.

This event was celebrated with dishes specially prepared by some of the favorite restaurants of the team of Sur Estates in Estepona.  Of all the extraordinary dishes we could highlight the Tuna Tartar and Steamed Prawns of the Restaurant “La Taberna de Lucía III” located in the port, the traditional octopus salad of the restaurant “La Escollera”, appetizers composed of magnificent pizzas, focacce and sandwiches of Vitel Toné and salmon from the exquisite Italian restaurant “El Rincón Toscano” and the original canapés created by the “Catering Boats” company of the “Halomón Restaurant” also located in the port.

Sur Estates, a real estate agent based in Estepona and Marbella, specializes in the sale of second homes, has finally achieved what they consider an important strategic move, to open their office in a great location in Estepona Port.

This strategic move has been encouraged by the great improvements that the city of Estepona has undergone in recent years, mainly since the arrival of the new Mayor, Mr. José María García Urbano, and by the strong increase in the demand for properties from both domestic and international clients, seeking to establish their second residence in this municipality.

Sur Estates is not the only company in the sector to have chosen Estepona to generate business.  Most of the new constructions that take place today in the Costa del Sol take place in this municipality and it is because real estate developers, residents and tourists recognize the great work that is being carried out in the municipality.

Among the several improvements that have occurred in Estepona in recent years, it can be highlighted that the city has been transformed into the “Garden of the Costa del Sol”, has created the largest orchidarium in Europe, has built a precious auditorium , eight hotels are  being built in the center where also a gourmet market is being built.  Residents and tourists can stroll through the old town and its pedestrian streets, visit the beautiful route of the hand painted murals or have a stroll through the new coastal path.  Another great advancement of the current government, amongst many others, will be the creation of a public hospital in the municipality.

When, Max Cignetti, director of Sur Estates, was asked “why did Sur Estates opened their office in Estepona?” He replied, “I have been living in this city for more than 15 years.  I have lived in more than 10 countries on 4 continents, nevertheless the first time I visited Estepona I fell in love with this city, I stayed here and never looked back.  Now that all these improvements are taking place, it was just the right moment to share with our clients everything that this beautiful city has to offer”.

From here, Sur Estates, wants to especially thank Marta, Tina and Lisa from El Corte Inglés, Porcelanosa, Bo Concept, L’Antic Colonial, Proectstroy and all those who have made this project a beautiful reality and the restaurants that have participated in the inauguration for having made that evening an unforgettable event.