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

Beachside ground floor apartment in San Pedro

Apartment located in San Pedro de Alcantara, currently used for business purposes as commercial and could continue to be used as commercial or with some minor alterations be converted back to three bedrooms.Currently, it has one bedroom and a very large living area as the other two bedroom walls were removed to make one large room used...

  • 3 Bedrooms

Ref. MPA3911

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San Pedro de Alcantara, Frontline Golf Villa Estate at Guadalmina Golf Marbella

Frontline Golf Villa Estate at Guadalmina Golf Marbella

One of the largest Frontline golf plots Golf on the Guadalmina Golf Course Marbella. An estate set in beautiful surroundings consisting of two villas on a large plot with expansive parkland and landscaped gardens. The main house has double entry by pedestrian gate or driveway leading to the courtyard and garages. Entrance Hall, Guest...

  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 891 m² build
  • 4.459 m² plot

Ref. MPV3808

Stunning villa in Cortijo San Pedro, Guadalmina Baja, Marbella

This fantastic property is located in Guadalmina Baja, in a very private and highly secure area and offered to the market ready to move in – inclusive of all fixtures, fittings, furniture and artwork.You will be impressed by the really large plot, 200 meters from the beach and enclosed within beautiful mature gardens and picturesque...

  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 1.305 m² build
  • 5.790 m² plot

Ref. MPV3752

Local in Los Arqueros Beach, San Pedro de Alcantara

Local located in the new beachside development of Los Arqueros Beach San Pedro de Alcantara,suitable for many different uses,clinic,restaurant,bar,office,showroom or shop. San Pedro de Alcantara is a very up and coming area with all the new apartments and businesses who have set up in the area,plans already done for cafe restaurant

  • 150 m² build

Ref. MPL3707

Fantastic apartment in Las Adelfas, San Pedro de Alcántara

The property has been completely renovated and is located in an ideal location, on the beachfront of San Pedro de Alcántara. The Las Adelfas community is very private and welcoming, as we can access the beach and its promenade just outside the urbanization. Therefore, it is surrounded by fantastic restaurants, besides having the Nueva...

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 115 m² build

Ref. MPA3670