Estepona's economy was mainly depending on the fishing, live-stock breeding and agriculture sectors, however, nowadays, its economy is based on tourism, but some of the income is still connected with the foregoing activities.
The agricultural cooperative of Estepona is the oldest and most important outlet of its kind in Spain.
Lemons and avocado on the fields, sarines and boquerones in the sea, these are the main fruits and meat this region on the Medierranean Sea lived from for centuries.
Nowadays, Estepona's economy is standing on two pillars; one is tourism, which has increased since the '80 enormously and two, is the building industry, which had an gigantic growth in the region.
With regards to tourism, we have to point out the so called "residential tourism". These are foreigners who decided to live in Spain for good. With their presence, more colour cambe to the region, with the incorporation of the customs and traditions and employment increased as well, with their businesses.
Underlining the importance of the foreign resident in Estepona, is the official outlet "Assistance for the foreign resident" and a "Day of the foreigner" where great events in the Exhibitions and Congress Centre, -Costa-del-Sol,-Malaga,-Andalusia,-Spain. This day is a homage to all those, coming to Spain and making a living here. The last population census of the region contained 15.000 people from foreign soils, whereus 4000 are from Great Britain and 1600 from Morocco and more than 1000 from Argentina.
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