Today we invite you to discover an emblematic place of Estepona (and if we listen to Instagram, the most photographed of the municipality). We will see what it is today and what it was in the past. You can’t imagine how many times the name has been changed…
Located in the old town, a stone’s throw from the most popular streets of the municipality, the Plaza de las Flores is an essential destination for visitors. Square in shape and with a large central fountain, it is easily identified by the great variety and quantity of flowers that give it its name. In addition to a good range of restaurants, it is home to the Tourist Office, which occupies the first floor of the Casa de las Tejerinas, part of the town’s historical heritage.

If you want to know more about the Casa de las Tejerinas click here.

The Plaza de las Flores captures the essence of life in Estepona.

In the morning, it dawns with people having breakfast in some of its terraces, being Avocado (which occupies the premises that once had the Cafetería Vitín) and the Hotel el Pilar the ones that open before. Warning for early risers: do not expect your coffee to be served early of the nine o’clock.
As the morning progresses, the first tourists appear. Many of them take the opportunity to share their photos on social networks with their smiles, hashtags and, of course, with flowers, lots of flowers. Some go to the Casa de las Tejerinas to see a painting and to pick up their map of Estepona and from there they leave to other essential points of the Garden of the Costa del Sol.
At lunchtime, there are several options. If you are looking for something more traditional, there is La Sureña. If you prefer to go the cool way, there is an Irish Pub. And if you opt for something more elaborate you can opt for Doña Jerónima. Note for those who only think about eating: in Estepona there is a great gastronomic offer. Click on this link to discover our Top 10 restaurants.
In the afternoon, coffee and ice cream are mixed with the first dinners at European times and at nightfall, especially in the summer months, the decibels tend to rise, either by the large number of people that accumulate on the terraces or by live music. You will find the lifelong singer, with his guitar or accordion, the chorus girl imitating Tina Turner and the street musician. You may even come across a group of tuneros.
Plaza de las Flores at night
Plaza de las Flores El Pilar

A fantastic plan to experience the summer night in Estepona

On hot summer nights, the Plaza de las Flores becomes a hive of people, music and conversations in several languages that generates an unforgettable magic.

What was the Plaza de las Flores called before?

The Plaza de las Flores has changed its name several times throughout its history. It was the Plaza de la Constitución, the Plaza del Rey and the Plaza de la cárcel. But that’s not all.

Plaza de las Flores (origins). Photo: PHC Estepona

Plaza de las Flores in the 1930s

Plaza de las Flores (1930). Photo: PHC Estepona

In January 1937 the current name, Plaza de la República, was changed to Plaza de José Antonio Primo de Ribera. Similarly, Alcalá Zamora Street became Generalísimo Franco Street. In fact, several streets and squares in Estepona (and in a good part of Spain) had their names changed.

Plaza de las Flores in 1962

Plaza de las Flores (1962). Photo: PHC Estepona

In April 1979 the first municipal elections were held after the death of the dictator. They were won by the Workers’ Party (PTE) of Maoist ideology. In a plenary session held in November of the same year, a new name change was unanimously approved. The José Antonio sign was removed and it was renamed as it is known today: Plaza de las Flores.

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How to get to Plaza de las Flores