A bustling coastal town that is irresistible to buyers looking for villas in Spain.
The lively town of San Pedro de Alcantara is located just 10 kilometres west from the upmarket resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banús. Marbella may have the most sought-after postcode amongst those looking for luxury property for sale, but San Pedro is bursting with character and is an extremely popular destination. It is also located just a few minutes’ drive form the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range and 20 kms from the town of Estepona.
San Pedro has become increasingly popular over the last few years with both holidaymakers and foreign residents, who are enchanted by its traditional charm and convenient location. A main road divides the town, separating the old quarter with its cobbled streets and small shops from the beach side, where there are many new urbanisations, long stretches of beach and a charming promenade dotted with beachside restaurants.
The town dates back to the 1800s when it was an agricultural farming community famed for its sugar cane.
The vibrant old town has a great Spanish atmosphere, with lots of interesting old shops to explore and some wonderful tapas bars and old cafes offering delicious good old fashioned Andalusian cuisine.
Cross to the beach side of the road and you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the palm fringed promenade runs all the way to Marbella, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy a cool drink or meal along the route.
Places to visit
San Pedro de Alcantara has a rich historical heritage and several monuments. To find out more about the old village and the surrounding area you can visit the Paleochristian Basilica Church and the 3rd century ‘Las Bovedas’ Roman Baths.
San Pedro enjoys a long golden sandy beach with a long palm fringed promenade and some great chiringuitos (beach restaurants).
The town has an excellent choice of bars and restaurants, providing everything from traditional Spanish dining such as the well-established favourite Alfredo Restaurant in the old town. Well priced and cheerful, the atmosphere is fun and the food excellent. Alternatively, choose from the wide range of international cuisines available, from modern European, Asian and Italian. There are also the Bora Bora and Guayaba Beach, both are trendy upbeat venues serving international cuisine.
Similar to Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable, temperatures average 32 ºC during the summer.