//Western wonder: San Pedro Alcántara

Western wonder: San Pedro Alcántara

San Pedro Alcántara, a historic, pretty place with futuristic architectural flair, is only 10km from Marbella and should be on your clients’ itineraries.

Just 10km west of Marbella centre, in the same municipality, San Pedro Alcántara is a first-class tourist resort, home to luxury housing complexes, golf courses and beaches, and pretty, well-kept streets.

Humble beginnings
San Pedro Alcántara, which has a population of about 40,000, was founded around the middle of the 19th century by General Manuel Gutiérrez de la Concha, a military man and First Marquis of Duero. Under the Repopulation Laws established in the middle of the 19th century, he created the farming colony where the town now stands. A short drive from the Sierra de Ronda mountain range, the town began welcoming tourists in the 1960s, quickly transforming the area with the hotels, golf courses and restaurants that promptly appeared.

Historic centre
The beautiful Plaza de la Iglesia is the town’s focal point and home to the San Pedro de Alcántara Church, a 19th-century Catholic church. From the square  run narrow streets packed with  independent shops, al fresco cafés  and lively bars. On Thursdays, you will find a street market, where bargains are guaranteed. 

San Pedro Boulevard
Named by its architect Juan Antonio Fernández as Un Mar de Sensaciones (A Sea of Sensations), San Pedro Boulevard (pictured above) is a park over the town’s main coastal highway. The park opened to the public in December 2014. Featuring a 300m-long wave-like footbridge, which passes over the central roundabout and connects each side of the town, the park is popular with walkers, skaters and cyclists. With an amphitheatre, restaurants and bars, it has become one of the town’s best-loved attractions.

Over the bridge and down the Avenue del Mediterráneo you will find the town’s coastal front. The area is lined with restaurants and bars that face the Mediterranean Sea and – on a clear day you can see the North Coast of Africa from the seafront. 

Backdropped by the mountains of the Sierra Blanca, the coastal city of Marbella has it all: sun, sea, sand, historic remains, delicious Andalucian fare, accommodation to suit all budgets and many sporting delights. As our guide, produced in association with the Tourism Department of the Marbella City Council, proves: Marbella is one of Spain’s most beloved cities, with good reason. Read the ABTA Magazine Guide to Marbella in full here.