San Pedro de Alcántara is situated on the coastal road in-between Estepona and Purto Banus, the main road being the N-340. The nearest golf course is Guadalmina with other courses close by including : Atalaya with its new and old course, Paraiso and Flamingos.
The name of this small town has two sources. It was founded by Manuel Gitiennez de la Concha who, in the 19th century, founded an agricultural colony where the town now stands. His family was devoted to Extremadura's Saint Pedro, while Manuel also adored his mother, Petra de Alcántara. Who provided the second part of the name.
The land was drained and became an area of intense farming with over 10,000 hectares cultivated. A village was constructed for the farm workers and nearby areas, such as Guadalmina and Cancelada, were also used as dormitory towns for the agricultural labourers.
The town retained its farming origins until the early 1920s, when the land was divided and sold. Tourism began in earnest in the early seventies when Franco's death increased Spain's popularity. The town remained fairly rustic until then, but drainage systems and telephone lines were quickly installed, forcing San Pedro into the age of technology!
Today tourism is the backbone of the economy, but despite its influence San Pedro remains a typically Spanish town. Many of the old buildings are still standing and a number of Spanish craft shops can be found in the area. The one area in which the demands of foreign residents and tourists can be felt is literary - there is a first-rate English bookshop in the main street of Las Palmeras and an extensive English second-hand bookshop in Calle Lagascas. There is also an excellent open-air market on Thursday mornings.
Peaceful and charming, the back streets of San Pedro have a rhythm all of there own. Quiet and colourful during the day, lively and interesting at night with bars and restaurants open until the final customer leaves.
Across the main CN-340 road is the beach, which never seems crowded, whatever the season. The promenade is charming and several bars, which also serve food, can be found right next to the beach. A very popular venue with the local expat population is the Bora Bora, which serves excellent food and drinks, which can be enjoyed while literally sitting on the beach. Naturally, like the rest of the Coast, this small town is now being developed constantly, with several new apartment blocks completed in the last 12 months and more still under construction.
There are several places of interest in and around San Pedro. The Calabash gallery contains interesting wood sculptures, while on the Ronda road is a horse riding school which organises trips for experienced riders and learners along some of the dirt tracks in the hills around the San Pedro area. If golf is your addiction then Guadalmina, half a kilometre along the CN-340, has two beautifully kept courses. San Pedro de Alcántara is situated between Estepona and Marbella.