Costa del Sol
San Pedro de Alcantara is a traditional Costa del Sol town that borders the more famous resort of Marbella. It has its own character and Spanish style centered around the promenade by the beach where locals come to stroll and relax, especially on Sundays. Given its daytime demeanor, San Pedro might surprise you with the quality and vibrancy of its nightlife. It is close to a number of fun family activities and interesting places to visit when you want a break from the beach. The neighbouring resort of Guadalmina has a great selection of golf courses to keep the most enthusiastic players happy.
Thursday is market day in San Pedro de Alcantara with all the associated noise and colour. There are fruit and vegetable stalls - great if you are cooking at the villa - as well as all kinds of souvenirs, olive oil, herbs and spices, handmade ceramics, clothes, hand-embroidery and even flamenco fans to keep you cool! For your daily shopping, you’ll find mini markets within walking distance of your villa. There is also a small shopping centre and a large supermarket in the resort. For shopping on a grander scale, visit Puerto Banus or La Canada in Marbella.
If you don’t fancy a BBQ lunch at the villa, there are a few chiringuitos (beach bars) where you can indulge in freshly grilled seafood. At dusk, the cocktail crowd arrives, and the fun begins. Away from the beach, the central plaza and surrounding narrow streets are packed with small pavement cafes and bars. San Pedro de Alcantara’s nightlife centres on the 'Forbidden Square', where the bars and clubs are frequented by a late night crowd of well dressed locals and tourists, happy to dance till dawn. For a glamourous night out, take a 10 minute taxi ride to nearby Puerto Banus Marina and amuse yourself watching the mega-rich on their luxury yachts!
Sandy San Pedro Beach is just under 1½ kilometres long, ideal for an easy stroll. Along the promenade there are exercise machines for all and a children's area, along with the usual wide selection of cafes and beach bars. You’ll be able to hire parasols and sunbeds and there is a choice of watersports to try. The nearby beaches in Marbella and Puerto Banus are well worth a visit too.
The Costa del Sol has long been popular for family holidays and it’s easy to see why. There are plenty of activities for all the family. Try Selwo Safari Park in Estepona, only a 15 minutes’ drive from San Pedro de Alcantara. As well as a collection of African animals that you can view from rope bridges, there are also ziplines and trampolines. Aquamijas waterpark is around a 40 minute drive away for a great family day out. Take a day trip to Benalmadena, 45 minutes away and visit Selwo Marina, an aquarium with shows during the summer. You can also ride on the Benalmadena cable car that takes you to the Garden of Eagles to watch a birds of prey exhibition.
From your villa in San Pedro de Alcantara, you can drive to Gibraltar in less than an hour. To experience a traditional whitewashed Andulacian town, also known as ’pueblo blanco’, visit Benahavis, just 20 minutes' drive into the hills above San Pedro de Alcantara. This charming village has panoramic views over the beautiful surrounding landscape. There are plenty of good restaurants for a relaxed lunch of authentic Spanish cuisine.
There are several fine golf courses in the area, including the Guadalmina Golf Club, 5 minutes’ drive from San Pedro de Alcantara . It’s nestled between the sea and the mountains with 2 separate courses for you to enjoy.
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