San Pedro de Alcántara
PAST AND PRESENT
San Pedro Alcantara is situated on the fertile plain of the same name, along the Costa del Sol, just 10 km. from Marbella, a few minutes drive away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 20 km. from Estepona.
A population centre dependent on Marbella town council which began life as a settlement built by the Marques of Duero in 1860 to house colonists working in the sugar cane and cotton plantations and in the sugar mill, a building which is still standing today. At the same time, the areas of Cancelada and Cortes were born. Even though agriculture is still important, since the 1970's the area has thrived on tourism.
Today San Pedro de Alcantara is a first-class tourist resort, home to a number of luxury housing complexes, golf courses and excellent beaches, while still retaining features of its colonial past.
PLACES OF INTEREST
- Paleochristian Basilica de Vega del Mar, dates back to the 4th century and was discovered in the 10th century. In and around the Basilica there is a Cemetery, with some two hundred tombs of various types.
- Parish Church, constructed in 1866 by the Marqués del Duero. The building is of colonial style. Today restored and housing the Deputy Mayor's office
- Roman Baths 'Las Bóvedas' or 'The Vaults', that were built in the third century. It consists of an octagonal building containing a central nucleus with seven rooms around it. There is an octagonal pool in the centre. The purpose is thought to be public baths or a water storage place at the end of an aqueduct.
WHAT TO DO
A pleasant walk is from the centre of town to the beachfront along the Avda. Marques del Duero which is a particularly attractive wide avenue flanked by palm trees, narrow streets which are packed with intriguing small shops, sidewalk cafes and bars.
The promenade is charming and several bars which also serve food can be found right next to the beach. A very popular venue with the local expat population is the BORA BORA, which serves excellent food and drinks which can be enjoyed while literally sitting on the beach.
The beach at San Pedro is nearly 5km. long and has been awarded a blue flag. All of them are well worth the trek and offer jet-skiing in CABLE SKI MARBELLA, pedalos, sunbeds, showers and a play area for the youngsters. There is also plenty of shade under tall trees. There are several beach bars or chiringuitos and restaurants. The sand, although a little stony, was clean and plentiful.
Also San Pedro has a horse riding school, LAKEVIEW EQUESTRIAN CENTRE which organises trips for experienced riders and learners along some of the dirt tracks in the hills around the San Pedro area. If golf is your addiction then GUADALMINA CLUB DE GOLF, half a kilometre along the CN-340, has two beautifully kept courses. San Pedro also has the last summer fair or feria in Andalucia being in the second week in October. Its saint patron is San Pedro de Alcántara on 19th October.
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