Visiting San Pedro de Alcántara

San Pedro: A Typical Andalusian Village and Popular Tourist Town

San Pedro de Alcántara is a neighbouring town immediately west of Marbella, although it actually belongs to the Marbella municipality, and was originally an agricultural settlement or “colony” which was founded in 1860 by General Manuel Gutiérrez de la Concha e Irigoyen, the 1st Marquis of the Duero.

Main Square San Pedro

Church Square, San Pedro

Location of San Pedro

San Pedro sits approximately 10.5kms west of the centre of Marbella, and just over 3kms from Puerto Banús, which is the most western point of the Marbella Golden Mile. It is made up of a long coastal area surrounded by a semi-circle of three mountain chains: Sierra Blanca in Marbella to the east, with the Marbella landmark known as the La Concha mountain due to its resemblance to the shape and texture of a seashell; Sierra Real in the north; and Sierra Bermeja in the west. The coastline belonging to San Pedro includes the lovely beaches of Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro Playa, and then the Guadalmina beach. This 4,900m stretch of beach is beautifully maintained and lovely walks can be enjoyed also along its promenade which is interspersed with pretty gardened areas.

San Pedro de Alcantara Promenade

Promenade at San Pedro de Alcantara

Easy access to surrounding areas

Halfway between Gibraltar and Málaga, San Pedro can be easily accessed from the sea ports and airports of both cities. If you are interested in a day-trip or a long weekend in North Africa, Algeciras (one of the largest ports in Europe) and Tarifa (also the watersports centre of Southern Europe), they are just over 60kms away, and both offer ferry services to the north of the African continent.

San Pedro Map
The town is also the “final stop” of the traditional Seville – Costa del Sol route, and takes in the magnificent historical centre of Ronda, just 47kms away. There is so much to do and so much to see…. and with plenty to cater for all tastes!!

Places of historical interest in the Old Town of San Pedro de Alcántara

Noteworthy are the III century Roman Thermal Baths of Bóvedas in San Pedro, just 500m from the Vega del Mar Basilica, an early Christian church which is another landmark in itself, situated in the urbanization of Linda Vista and dating back to IV century. The Basilica was discovered by chance, at the beginning of the 1900’s, while eucalyptus trees were being planted on the site.

Roman Hot Baths
The Watch Tower of Bóvedas, dating back to XVI century, is just 50m from the Thermal Baths of the same name. This is one of many such lookout towers to be found dotted along the coastline (another can be seen in our blog post on Marbella East, in the part about Cabopino) and were built for defence and to enable the use of heavy firearms from strategic positions on the beach.

The main Church, which sits in the Plaza de la Iglesia, No.1, opened for worship in the second half of XIX century (1869) and follows the colonial style favoured by the Marquis of the Duero. At No.2 in the same square, sits the lovely Villa de San Luis, also built in the colonial style by the Marquis as a home for the “Administrator” of the colony. This lovely property was bought over by the Marbella Town Hall in 1945 and became the Municipal Office in the town.

Hotel and Restaurants

Check out our previous blog post by clicking on Owning a property in San Pedro for a list of recommended hotels and “eateries”!

Grilled sardines on the beach

Grilled sardines on the beach

Text by Patricia Torney, March 2014

Duplex penthouse on the beachfront, San Pedro Playa

Stunning recently renovated three-bedroom duplex penthouse with more than 200 sqm of terraces and within a gated development on the beach, in San Pedro de Alcántara. The property is built on two levels with a beautiful …

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 154 m² build

Ref. MPA4255

Elegant six bedroom detached villa in San Pedro Beachside.

Elegant family home comprising of 6 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms in the popular area of Linda Vista Baja, on the beachside. Southwest facing villa built since 2008 was then designed with every material carefully chosen and to …

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 599 m² build
  • 1.024 m² plot

Ref. MPV4256

Stunning Beachfront Penthouse in San Pedro

This is a stunning duplex penthouse, perfectly located in beachfront urbanization, close to all amenities, in San Pedro Playa. Just 5 minutes driving to Puerto Banus and 10 minutes to Marbella center.The apartment consists …

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 150 m² build

Ref. MPA4111

Beautiful family villa in the residential area of Guadalmina Baja

This house located in a quite peaciful residential area of ​​Guadalmina Baja, this fantastic property presents Mediterranean elegance, cozyness and modern comfort of living.Breathtaking tropical gardens and fountains, ...

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 688 m² build
  • 2.035 m² plot

Ref. MPV4063

Beautiful modern villa in Guadalmina Alta

This villa located in a beautiful quiet place, Guadalmina Alta, close to all amenities. It was built to the highest standards, with a modern, elegant design with special attention to every detail. The house is ready to move …

  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 342 m² build
  • 501 m² plot

Ref. MPV4034

Brand new beachside apartment in San Pedro Alcantara

A modern two-bedroom, apartment with walking distance to the beach and the boulevard of San Pedro center with an enormous selection of restaurants and shops, and only a few minutes away with car from Puerto Banus and …

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 89 m² build

Ref. MPA4026

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