Whether you come as a tourist to visit our town/city/village or if you live or work here, it is a common problem. We all suffer from it. Parking in Estepona is a real pain.
While it is true that, depending on the time of year, time or day you can have some luck in your favor, the reality is that every day it is more complex to find a space in any area of Estepona. On the one hand, because circulating around here, already gives for several articles. And then, because loading and unloading zones have increased significantly in recent years. This, together with the pedestrianization of many streets (including Avenida España), and the terraces of the hotel establishments that were allowed to occupy parking spaces, have made it very difficult to park.
Parking in Estepona is a controversial issue. In recent times it has been on everyone’s lips and there is even talk of conspiracy theories. Be that as it may, there is less and less free parking wherever you move. And that often makes the average Esteponero remember the whole family of the town’s leaders. Especially when you have to dig deep into your pocket to park.
What parking lots do we have in Estepona?
Let’s see where we can park for those of us who are not lucky enough to walk, bike or skate.
- PARKING ON THE STREET
It’s time to commend yourself to the gods and pray “to St. Canute, parking in a minute”. Don’t despair in the fifteen laps around the block you have to do to see how the ten people ahead of you are taking your parking spaces, and make a strategy of which streets to take to have more options in less time. Parking on the street, this is what it’s all about. The rest are just stories.
- PASEO MARITIMO PARKING LOT
Very centrally located, open since 1997, it offers 200 parking spaces at different rates: per minute, per hour, per day, and subscriptions. It has special prices for establishments in the area. The pedestrian accesses leave you next to the center itself, so it is usually quite busy. In addition, it is guarded 24 hours a day. You have more information in this link.
- PARKING ZAPALLITO ESTEPONA
Well located, in the same Paseo Marítimo, it has several exits for pedestrians. It has two floors, but the first floor consists of private parking spaces. The public parking lot is located on the ground floor and has more than 800 parking spaces. It is usually in high demand in summer. Open 24 hours a day, users complain about the price.
- PARKING PUERTO DE ESTEPONA
In the public parking lot of the Marina you will find 130 parking spaces, clearly insufficient in summer, which makes the traffic there quite slow at night. It is in the open air and there is no charge, although you will find “gorrillas” most of the time.
- PARKING LA VIÑA
Located on Alcalá Galiano Street, it has 410 parking spaces, 240 of which are private. It is located below several sports facilities, such as tennis, basketball and paddle tennis courts. It is not open 24 hours, there are summer and winter hours, but there are no signs with the information, so you will have to ask. You will also visit the facilities of the Parking La Viña if your car is towed away by the Local Police, as they deposit them there.
- PARKING EL CALVARIO
Its 569 seats were on sale for 16,000€ each. It is located on Avenida Andalucía, right in front of the INEM, with a green area on the surface: the park of Los Derechos Humanos.
- PARKING LOTS IN THE LA CALA AREA
Free parking area on Avenida Litoral. It used to be less crowded, but it has been crowded for a few years now.
- SURROUNDINGS OF THE BULLRING
It has plenty of parking space and, on weekdays, you are likely to find parking without a problem. Things get more complicated on weekends at night and in summer, since many people who go to the beach in the area of Las Escolleras park their vehicles there.
Municipal Parking Plan at 1 euro per day.
I digress before continuing. The Estepona City Council boasts that it is complementing the sustainable city model with a Municipal Parking Plan at 1€ per day (from 9am to 9pm) and 2€ per night (from 9pm to 9am). This Plan currently has 5 parking lots and more than 1,350 parking spaces. All of them are managed by APRONA following an agreement with the City Council to facilitate the labor inclusion of people with disabilities.
Within this Plan we find:
PARKING SAN LORENZO
Located at Avd. San Lorenzo, with 181 open-air places. If you go in summer you will most likely have to wait in line.
PARKING ESTADIO DE ATLETISMO
With 740 places and open 24 hours a day. It has monthly rentals for both cars and caravans at a very affordable price, although we must take into account that it is already in one of the exits of the village, and that it is not close to too many buildings.
PARKING PLAZA ANTONIA GUERRERO
Located under the Plaza Antonia Guerrero (formerly known as Plaza del Huevo). It is a recently opened facility with 110 beds. It offers electric car charging and payment service with the EasyPARK APP.
PLAZA DEL AJEDREZ PARKING LOT
Newly opened, with 500 parking spaces, half of them in rotation and the other half offered as property for residents of the municipality. Adjacent to Mallorca, Menorca and Francisco Gutiérrez streets. In the upper plaza of the parking lot we can find gardens and leisure areas for children.
Municipal Plan parking lots about to be inaugurated:
NEW CITY HALL PARKING LOT
Built in the basement of the new City Hall, which is about to be inaugurated, it has 169 parking spaces, which will be hotly contested by the building’s own workers.
PARKING DEL CARMEN
The sixth of these parking lots of the Plan is about to begin, after reaching an agreement with the Bishopric of Malaga, a subway parking lot will be built next to the esplanade of the Church of Carmen. It is estimated that there will be 330 vacancies, of which 50% will be on a rotating basis and the other 50% will be owned by registered residents.
Preliminary parking lot projects to be included in the Municipal Plan.
Three other parking lots are in the preliminary design phase and will be located in the area in front of the San Fernando soccer field, in the ABC square and in the surroundings of the José Ramón de la Morena sports complex.
Moreover, all the buildings in the area of the San Fernando soccer field, including Avenida Prolongación San Lorenzo, can see in their elevators and doorways, a note informing that next February 22, the mayor will meet with the neighbors of the area in the press room of the Padre Manuel Cultural Center, to see what they think about the subway parking that is planned for that area.
What do you think about this Municipal Parking Plan?