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San Pedro de Alcántara

San Pedro de Alcántara is a few kilometres west of Marbella’s town centre, close to Puerto Banús. It has managed to remain largely unspoilt and it has retained many of its Spanish traditions.

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San Pedro de Alcántara is 10 km from the centre of Marbella and 2 km from Puerto Banús. An ancient farming community, once famous for sugar cane, it was founded in 1860 by General Manuel Guitiérrez de la Concha and the first Marques del Duero. The main routes for travel and communication were by sea or by the single Roman road.

Today, San PeSan Pedro is not known for its nightlife as things are more relaxed here. You can have a meal in one of San Pedro´s quality restaurants and then take a leisurely stroll down the paseo. The hub of San Pedro is the Plaza de Iglesia where open air concerts take place. A typical Spanish pueblo with whitewashed buildings and straight, narrow streets. It is relatively unspoilt and it has managed to retain its Spanish traditions.

The Plaza de la Iglesia is where the principal roads of the town connect from the 4 points of the compass. It is overlooked by the white colonial style church built by the Marques del Duero in 1866 and the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento). It is a wonderful central point from which to enjoy a selection of interesting shops selling locally produced handcrafts and several boutiques. You can of course enjoy a meal or a snack in one of the many cafés. Thursday is market day in San Pedro, with all the associated hustle and bustle you would expect. The town has all the normal amenities, including supermarkets, an accident and emergency department, a 24 hour pharmacy and plenty of really nice restaurants. San Pedro´s Feria is held annually during the second week of October.

Leaving the Plaza de la Iglesia by the south road Calle Marques del Duero which leads to Avenida de las Palmera and Avenida del Mediterraneo we start to see the sea. Discover pretty streets and squares especially the newly built Boulevard.

Nueva Alcántara is the newest part of the town, with wide boulevards and grassy lawns leading towards the sea. Walking from the town centre down the Avenida del Marques del Duero or the Avenida Salamanca to the Paseo Maritimo is a very pleasant experience. There are great views of the mountains and a notable lack of high rise buildings.

Paseo Maritimo in San Pedro de Alcántara
Paseo Maritimo in San Pedro de Alcántara

The Paseo Maritimo has lush gardens on one side with plenty of colourful plants and shady trees, and lovely wide beaches on the other side. It is ideal for strolling, roller skating, jogging or sitting on one of the many benches enjoying the views and watching the world go by. There are several chiringuitos and beach bars specializing in fresh fish and tapas. Or, you can just enjoy sipping a cocktail in one of the bars right on the beach. The beaches are wide and safe for all ages and the water is clear. All of the beaches have the usual facilities and some of them offer water sports.

The opening of the New Boulevard on 12 December 2014 is a great addition to the town, with a 300 metre metallic walkway designed with a wave effect the views to the coast from here are spectacular.

San Pedro de Alcántara Boulevard
San Pedro de Alcántara Boulevard

The Boulevard has parks with a wonderful selection of flowers and trees as you would expect, numerous children’s play areas and amphitheatre where many shows and concerts take place and ample parking. There are also many restaurants and cafes to choose from in this area.

The Boulevard from Pedro Rudolphi on Vimeo.

During the summer months, there is always something going on here. There are markets, shows and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy. We suggest you check out our Events Calendar to ensure you don´t miss out. For culture lovers, San Pedro de Alcántara has much to offer, including the Basilica Vega del Mar to the west of town and further along, the Roman Baths. For more information and images, there are guides on the “Places to Visit” page.

San Pedro de Alcántara is not generally known for its night life, but Marbella and Puerto Banus are not far away. Most people will just enjoy a meal at one of the many quality restaurants and follow that with drinks at a local bar. But, there are some very vibrant salsa bars and free open air concerts take place periodically in the Plaza de Iglesia.

San Pedro de Alcántara