The neighbourhood of Cancelada is the easternmost area of Estepona, bordering with the municipality of Marbella. Cancelada itself is like a tiny village located next to the highway A-7 and which retains its typical Andalusian character. The coastal part corresponding to Cancelada is known as El Saladillo and has a direct exit from the A-7.
The neighbourhood located between the two major destinations on the Costa del Sol for wealthy tourists – Marbella and Estepona – has given its name also to the surrounding area which is home to some excellent golf courses and hotels.
The area is heavily urbanized, both towards the mountains and along the coast. The developments are of refined appearance, with chalets and apartments with gardens stretching down to the beach. It is a quieter area and more oriented to family life. The construction has been carried out carefully and there are almost no high buildings; therefore the developments are in high demand for buying property.
About 3 km from the coast are located El Paraiso Golf Club, as well as the Flamingos Golf Club and Golf Club Alferini, both located in the rolling hills of the Hotel Villa Padierna already belonging to the neighbouring municipality of Benahavis, to which also belongs the Monte Mayor Golf Club located further north in the mountains.
And a few minutes away in Marbella you find the Atalaya Golf Club, Guadalmina Golf Club, Capanes del Golf, Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club, Los Naranjos Campo de Golf and Dama de Noche to mention only the westernmost Golf clubs since Marbella is exceptional for the quantity and quality of golf courses, like Estepona.
The Hotel Villa Padierna 5*GL is considered one of the thirty best in the world. The building situated between a green rolling landscape resembles a Tuscan palace, surrounded by cypresses. The two thousand square meters neoclassic Spa is simply spectacular. Technically the hotel already belongs to the municipality of Benahavis but for its location just 3 km off the coast of Cancelada we include it here as well.
Monuments in Cancelada
Along the creek that feeds the artificial lake of Villa Padierna is located an ancient nineteenth century aqueduct with the name Taraje Aqueduct.
At Playa del Saladillo it is located an old XVI century watchtower, known as Torre Vigía del Saladillo o Torre Lançe del Saladillo
The beach El Saladillo is with a length of 3 kilometres the longest beach in Estepona. Due to its length it is usually a quiet beach of sand and stones. The beach was awarded with the Blue Flag in 2016.
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