San Pedro de Alcantara is a coastal town on the Costa del Sol located a few minutes’ drive from Puerto Banus; it comes under the jurisdiction of Marbella town hall. Located some 65 km from Malaga airport, San Pedro is accessible by car on the N340, the AP7 toll road or by bus.
In terms of roads and public transport, the town itself is well connected and easily accessible to and from other regions of Andalucía and Spain as a whole.
In order to improve the flow of traffic coming through San Pedro using the coastal road, there is a new tunnel being built which is due for imminent completion, this will alleviate traffic travelling on the coastal road through San Pedro.
The town was officially founded as a farming community in 1860 by the first Marques of Duero, General Martin Gutierrez de la Concha e Irigoyen
Traditionally, due to its fertile grounds and climate, San Pedro de Alcantara was a farming community, in addition to this many locals lived off fishing too. Over the years, building became a much bigger industry therefore leaving farming and fishing and move into construction.
San Pedro de Alcantara has over the years been the centre of attention for many tourists as well as foreigners looking for a new life abroad, current yet still, even though this influx of new inhabitants caused the town to grow and to become and multicultural location, many areas still remain traditionally Spanish.
The current population of San Pedro de Alcantara is in the region of 27 to 28,000 inhabitants with numerous foreigners residing full time.
Due to the influx of foreigners and a more affluent local market interested in private international education, a number of international schools opened in the area such as Calpe and Colegio Laude, both of which are international private schools.
There are numerous points of interest to visit in San Pedro such as:
The Church in the centre by the square – The church was built by the Marques del Duero and opened for mass in August 1869, it is built in colonial style somewhat similar to San Luis Villa
San Luis Villa – This was originally built by the Marques del Duero as an administration centre during the planning and building of the town,
The old Sugar Factory (La Alcoholera)
Due to the high costs of transporting sugar cane to this part of Malaga province, the Marques del Duero decided to build a sugar factory, this was situated in what today is known as EL Ingenio neighbourhood.
The factory was officially opened in 1871, within the industrial complex, there was also a winery which produced a high quality Muscatel wine. In addition to these, there was also an alcohol factory, today, it houses a polyvalent cultural centre.
The San Pedro Feria is held for four days starting as from October the 19th (Patron Saint’s Day) it is also, the last of the ferias in Andalucía.