About San Pedro de Alcantara                             

The Boulevard at San Pedro

San Pedro de Alcántara (St. Peter of Alcántara) (pop. approx. 35,500) lies on the main Costa del Sol coastal road, the N340/A7 just 10 km west of Marbella. The nearest airports of Málaga and Gibraltar are both within an hour's drive. It is situated in the fertile plain of the same name, Vega de San Pedro Alcántara, a broad stretch of coastal lowland surrounded by rugged hills. To the East, the Sierra Blanca of Marbella, is dominated by its highest peak Pico del Astonar (1.270 m.) better known locally as "La Concha" (The Shell) because of its resemblance to a fluted seashell when viewed from the west.                                                                                                                                                                                           

 History

The town was founded by the first Marquis of the Duero, Manuel Gutiérrez de la Concha e Irigoyen in 1860 as a rural colony. The town grew from a cotton plantation on newly drained marshland near the beach. The fields required skilled and experienced farmers, and due to the good living conditions offered to the workers, many converged to the colony from the cities of Granada, Almería, Valencia and Murcia.

 

Sightseeing

Be sure to head for the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square) up at the top of the town with its gracious parish church and surrounding narrow streets which are packed with intriguing        small shops, sidewalk cafes and bars. Thursday is street market day on the outskirts of the town with all the associated hustle and bustle; a veritable bargain shopper's paradise. At the lower end of Calle Marques del Duero is the Boulevard park with playgrounds, performance area, a spectacular bridge, bars etc. This is actually sitting on top of the tunnel, part of the main coast road.

Down near your villa is the site of ancient Las Bovedas Roman baths, beside it is  the Tower of Las Bovedas (1575) and nearby an ancient basilica burial ground both of which are open to tourists.   

The quirky bridge at the Boulevard                                                                                                                 

 

     


   

                                                                     

                                                                                                           

                                                                   La Concha from the bedroom balcony

SUPERMARKET

The nearest supermarket to the villa is Carrefour and they are located here. The manager speaks English and they will deliver orders over 40 euros. It is about 10 minutes walk.

San Pedro is well served with many shops, large and small and it can make a very pleasant outing.