San Pedro Alcántara, to give the area its full name, is situated in the far south of Spain on the western end of the Costa Del Sol . Better known as simply San Pedro, it lies around 10km west of Marbella and 20 km east of the town of Estepona.
It remains one of the biggest and most typical Spanish towns on the coast where daily life continues almost oblivious to the beach life and tourism that characterises much of the rest of the area.
San Pedro was founded in 1860 by the Marquis del Duero and, like most of the towns in this part of Spain, began as a farming community working predominantly in sugar cane. Labourers came from all over Spain to work in the town and they were all offered houses and land by the Marquis. Today the population of the town has grown to approximately 27,000 and although agriculture still plays a major role in the area’s prosperity, it is tourism which will ensure its future.
San Pedro began to welcome the idea of the travel industry back in the 1970s when the area started to develop its communications and general infrastructures. As the telephone networks and water systems were installed, the hotels, golf courses and supporting businesses soon followed. Since then the development of the area has been steady, but has been restricted to the beachside and outskirts of the town, leaving the historic centre very much untouched. San Pedro is still a typical Spanish town with its central plaza, church and the local residents enjoying the life in the calle (street).
When you go into the heart of San Pedro you will soon come across the central plaza, which is the main square where most of the town’s activity takes place. Small cafes and shops surround the square and it is a great place to enjoy a coffee or an ice cream and to watch the world go by. The square also has benches surrounding it where the locals gather in the afternoon and evenings to talk and catch up with the local news. Every Thursday the square plays host to the San Pedro weekly market and all the narrow streets radiating off the central plaza are filled with shops to browse around.
San Pedro is a very clean and tidy town with many well kept flower beds and park areas and it also offers visitors a stunning beach and promenade area. The beach lies on the opposite side of the dual carriageway from the main town centre and is a lovely, quiet stretch of sands. Perfect for sunbathing or for taking a long, leisurely stroll along the recently constructed promenade. Another benefit of the sea front at San Pedro is that there is plentiful parking - unlike most of the other beach areas along the coast! There are also a variety of attractive beach bars and restaurants where you can enjoy some of the wonderful sea food that is so plentiful along this coast.
The beach at San Pedro is long (approximately 5km) and wide and like most of the beaches along the coast it has been awarded a Blue Flag. This is a European award that is given to all beaches that have good facilities and are safe and clean. There is jet skiing, pedalos, sun loungers, showers and a play area for children. San Pedro is also a place that has lots of tall mature trees and palms, so the sun worshippers can soak up the rays and anyone looking for some shade will not have to go very far to find it.
When in San Pedro you can also pay a visit to the Bora Bora beach club, which has built up a reputation for being one of the best on the coast. The club has a great restaurant and a lovely Polynesian-style beach bar. There is plenty of opportunity to take part in some water sports and to enjoy beach life to the full – Bora Bora is a tropical paradise for people on holiday or a lovely luxury for those who live here all year round.
With its great beaches, fantastic beach bars and seafront restaurants, the coast is often the main reason why people choose to come to San Pedro either to live or just for a holiday. However, San Pedro offers so much more than the enjoyment of the beach, it also benefits from the mountains as well. The vast and very beautiful Sierra de Ronda mountain range provides a stunning backdrop to the town as well as a lovely contrast to the scenery of the coast. A visit to San Pedro means you can take a picnic up in the mountains; go for long walks, bird watch and take advantage of all the things that the great outdoors has to offer in this area.
One of the highlights of the San Pedro calendar is the annual feria which takes place in October. The San Pedro feria is the last one along the whole of the coast and so it attracts visitors from far and wide who want to make the most of the end of the summer sun and the party atmosphere.
As in all the other ferias across Spain, the ladies and gentlemen of the town dress up in traditional Spanish costume for the occasion. Horses and carriages line the streets with their elaborate flowers and decorations and everyone enters into the spirit of the party. At the feria there is singing, dancing and plenty of food and drink available. Bands play live music and a good time is had by all. The streets are packed and so are the bars and the atmosphere is electric. It is definitely something not to be missed!
So whether your looking to buy property in San Pedro of just looking for culture or fun and relaxation in the sun San Pedro is an ideal location. The town makes a great base for holidays or for living in Spain all year round. There is plenty going on and you have the added bonus of the town remaining untouched and very “Spanish”, while all the tourist facilities, shopping and glitz of Puerto Banus and Marbella are just minutes away.
People from all over the world have chosen to buy property in San Pedro – as a holiday home, a permanent residence a buy to let or simply as a safe way to invest their money.
There are lots of advantages to buying property in San Pedro due to its close proximity to Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella and Estepona and has excellent all year round facilities in and around the area. Buying property in San Pedro is an excellent long term investment and the properties in this region for sale are very popular with golfers and tourists who visit throughout the year. This means that if you like the idea of buying property or actively looking to buy property in San Pedro for investment, then you could enjoy all-year-round rental returns.
There are many types of front line golf properties available to buy in and around the area of San Pedro and San Pedro also offers some fantastic frontline beach apartments, penthouses, townhouses and luxury villas for sale.
If you are thinking about buying property in San Pedro or looking to live in Spain all year round, then San Pedro offers everything you could want to enjoy a happy life in the sun in southern Spain.
It doesn’t matter what stage of the buying process you are at. The consultants at Costa Del Sol Property Group look forward to meeting you and showing you our reduced property and bank repossession properties for sale in San Pedro and the surrounding areas.