The port in Estepona has always been a hub of activity, especially on Sundays when the entire marina is transformed into a bustling market. Now there is one more special reason for visiting this vibrant area. A charming French couple have taken over the El Nuevo Embarcadero restaurant that adjoins the Club del Mar and is perched high above the western side of the port, boasting superlative views over the Mediterranean Sea. And what a find it is! When you enter El Nuevo Embarcadero, you are immediately met by a stylish bar area where you can relax and savour drinks on their modern lounge sofas. The bar then leads into a large open-plan restaurant that is filled with natural light as it is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass curtains, providing uninterrupted views out across the sea and converting this restaurant into a truly exceptional dining venue. When we visited, the restaurant was almost full with a sophisticated, buzzy ambience. The tables, with their beautifully laundered white tablecloths, are well spaced-out, giving a great sense of space and making you feel entirely relaxed.

Their menu is extensive, with a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes specializing in fish and seafood to choose from; but if you fancy meat there is also a selection of steak, lamb chops and Iberian pork. The wine menu has several Spanish and French wines including Pouilly Fuissé and Sancerre, as well as good-quality champagnes. Head waiter Miguel told us that, among other dishes, they pride themselves on their high-quality paellas, so we felt we should order a seafood paella to try it out for ourselves. Miguel was not wrong… our paella had a generous quantity of succulent seafood that was perfectly cooked with creamy rice full of flavour. At just €18 per head, we felt this was extremely good value and we simply could not finish it all. *source:

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