Los Pedregales (Parque San Isidro)

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Camino Santa Maria, Estepona, Costa del Sol, 29680

Price guide: Free

Park's entrance
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expert-rated things to do in Estepona
Expert overall rating:3.5 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Los Pedregales (Parque San Isidro)

A country park that’s a world away from the nearby ‘resorts’.

Parque San Isidro, or Los Pedregales as it is known locally, is a large nature park located five kilometres to the north west of the town, ideal for bird-watching, horse riding, hiking and fishing. Huge, extended Spanish families head here for the weekends to camp under the stars or to have leisurely Sunday lunchtime barbecues among the trees. As my grilling skills are not what they should be, I usually meet everyone at the park’s bar or venta (country inn), as it saves having to cart everything backwards and forwards form home, frankly.

A new visitors' centre will be finished in summer 2011 which will offer maps of hiking routes and an exhibition charting the history of the area and ancient, local populations.

Price advice: 

It is free to explore and picnic at Los Pedregales. The restaurant does great set menus starting from 10 euros.

Expert tips: 
Every May there’s a pilgrimage to the chapel in the park for San Isidro, the patron saint of Estepona. It’s a lively tradition involving hundreds of people, carriages and horses.

More information on Los Pedregales (Parque San Isidro):

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Park / garden
Camino Santa Maria, Estepona, Costa del Sol, 29680
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily from 10am-7pm and until 10pm in summer.

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