About San Pedro de Alcantara

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.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Boulevard at San Pedro

 

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 an ancient Roman villa, which is open to tourists.           A show at the performance area

 

     Bars and restaurants

There are a large selection of these both at the beach and in the town. Some of the nicer beach restaurants are the excellent Marabierta (closest), Alabardero, Nuevo Reino, Kala Kalua Chiringuito, Belmare, Bora Bora and Casa Fernando (excellent). In the town try Da Brunos (excellent), Brunings (excellent), the Hogan Stand Irish bar and restaurant, Alfredos, El Commercio and many others. None of these could be described as expensive eateries.

            The quirky bridge over the Boulevard


Activities

If you like cycling try the bicycle hire shop at the Boulevard and everyone should do the walkway to Puerto Banus which is an extension of the San Pedro promenade. This is for walkers and cyclists. The closest golf course is Guadalmina.

 Pico de La Concha just east of San Pedro