San Pedro or San Pedro de Alcántara, to give it its full title, is located
approximately 10 kilometres to the west of
Marbella. It started life as a small
town reliant on agriculture and has seen its fair share of invasion from the
likes of the Romans and the Moors. Today’s San Pedro is a delicate balance of
old historical features and a modern centre for its many tourists. Some believe
that San Pedro was the site of a Roman town called Salduba; others believe it
was a former Greek town named Mainake.
Main Tourist Attractions
History buffs will find a wealth of attractions in San Pedro. There is The
Vaults, Roman baths situated a little along the coast at
Guadalmina. The Roman
aqueducts ran from San Pedro to the baths. There is also the ruin of a 6th
century basilica which has a necropolis and 200 ancient tombs located nearby.
Golfers have a range of courses to choose from around the San Pedro area. San
Pedro has beautifully clean beaches which host a range of watersports including
sailing, windsurfing, diving and deep sea fishing.
The town has a small range of shops which cater for all the essentials that
visitors need, as well as the token souvenir or gift from traditional Spain.
Many small family-owned shops can be found in the old area of the town offering
goods such as locally crafted jewellery, ornate linen and leather goods. There
is an outdoor market held every Thursday in San Pedro and this is a great place
to pick up a bargain and to barter with the stall holders. For serious shoppers,
the shopping paradise that is Marbella and its Golden Mile, are not far away.
Eating out and Nightlife
San Pedro has an abundance of cafés, bars and restaurants and you will find
something to suit all palates. Traditional Spanish food such as Tapas and
seafood can be found in all establishments, but international cuisine such as
French, British and Italian is also catered for.
The nightlife in San Pedro is somewhat low-key compared to its neighbours such
as Marbella. There are no discos and nightclubs; typical San Pedro evenings are
spent exploring the town and then sitting down to a large bottle of wine and
some delicious food, all in a relaxed and serene atmosphere. If you have to put
on your dancing shoes, Marbella discos and nightclubs are a short distance away
and are open until the early hours.