San Pedro’s new promenade runs through the town until it meets the sea, and then along the length of the beach. This where locals come to see and be seen. It is a place to stroll and relax, especially on Sunday. If you don’t fancy barbequing lunch at the villa, between the palms, there are a few chiringuitos where you can indulge in freshly caught seafood – try sardines straight off the grill. By day, you can choose between two beaches – Playa San Pedro and Playa Cortijo Blanco, both backed by the wide prom with its cafes and bars waiting to refresh you. If you need a break from the beach, head for the central plaza and surrounding narrow streets which are packed with intriguing small independent shops, pavement cafes and bars. Or head for nearby Puerto Banus and amuse yourself sipping a cocktail whilst watching Ferraris and Lamborghinis glide by, and be glad you don’t have the problems of the mega-rich on their luxury yachts!
Given its dreamy daytime demeanour, San Pedro might surprise you with the quality and vibrancy of its nightlife. This centres on the 'Forbidden Square' which, like night spots the world over, looks a bit down at heel in daylight, but whose bars and clubs acquire a kind of glamour at night. They are frequented by a late night crowd of dressed-up young locals and holiday goers happy to dance till dawn and beyond. Meanwhile, down on the beach the promenade bars come alive at dusk and the cocktail crowd arrive. But if you really want to party, join the rich and glamorous in Puerto Banus, just from the ten minutes away by cab, where anything goes from chilled-out piano bars to all-night clubbing, and the yachting elite boogie with the A listers.
From your villa in San Pedro, you can get to Gibraltar in less than an hour, or drive a similar distance to the delightful Mijas Pueblo. This is a charming Andalusian white-washed village of alleyways, cobblestones and panoramic views perched on a mountainside 450 metres above sea level. Jagged mountains loom above and the plains, the coast and the resort of Fuengirola stretch out below. This beautiful, historic village has two Moorish churches and a sanctuary hewn out of the rock that dates back to the year 850. The twists and turns of the narrow streets are not suitable for normal traffic, and so it traditional to travel by donkey. Near the main square is a donkey taxi-rank, and you can either ride on the back of the animal, or in a donkey-or-horse drawn cart or carriage. The town attracts artists, designers and writers and also has a thriving arts and crafts movement, the results of which you will find in many little shops.
At the fairground in the town centre, Thursday is market day in San Pedro De Alcantara, with all the associated colour and busyness. There are some interesting 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-embroidered table clothes and hankies and even flamenco fans to keep you cool!