San Pedro is a thriving and extremely popular place for 2nd home buyers and people looking to relocate. It is set only 10km away from Marbella and only 20km away from Estepona. It is probably one of the most typical Spanish towns left on the Costa del Sol, kept very clean with a central shopping area, quiet parks and squares and beautiful gardens. With a 45 minute drive away from Malaga Airport too, it is a short distance from everything making easy to get around.
Although San Pedro has no main bus station, it is easy to connect to most places along the coast and even to inland towns like Seville, Cordoba and the romantic town of Ronda. The main bus stop is located on the main coastal road.
San Pedro was once known as a small Roman town called Silniana and there are still The Roman bathhouses that can be seen in Guadalmina Baja and the Roman villa in Río Verde which are just a short drive away. One monument of interest that is also worth visiting is Inglesia de San Pedro, the church of San Pedro.
San Pedro has a lot of history and thanks to Manuel Gutiérrez de la Concha e Irigoyen (1808-1874), who created a farming colony in the early 1860s. He had a vision which involved professional training and the importation of state-of-the art techniques and machinery from abroad, notably from America and the UK which attracted a lot of the local farmers from Estepona and Marbella and all over Spain.
Like with many Spanish towns and cities, San Pedro celebrates most religious festivals and ferias. Carnaval and Semana Santa are very popular and the streets are usually found full of vibrant colours and people.
Now a thriving little town, the locals enjoy the tranquillity and serenity whilst the livelier towns are only a few kilometres away, which is ideal for families with young children. If you want to experience more culture then excursions are on offer where you can take trips to places such as Gibraltar and the beautiful city of Seville, both of which are not too far away.
There is without doubt plenty to do in and around San Pedro, so you will never get bored. Its coastline presents a stretch of nearly 12km long golden sandy beaches, and is often recognised for its high standards of cleanliness and excellent facilities. It isn´t short of traditional Spanish Chiringuitos which are built all along the Paseo Maritimo for your traditional fish cuisine, and the views are spectacular! One well-known beach club is Bora Bora, which even has its own special spa area so you can enjoy a full relaxing day.
If you´re looking for something fun to do then try out the “Cableski Marbella”. Here you can enjoy fantastic water sports for the young and old! They offer kneeboards for the beginners, wakeboards for the more advanced and water skis for the extreme wake boarder and water-skier. You can also enjoy their restaurant and licensed cafe, pool with sun beds, water ski shop and it has a car park too.
Another “fun for all the family” thing to do is Costa Jump, which is a trampoline park enjoyed by all ages.
To the east of the town in the low lying flood plains of the River Guadaliza is the stunning “Three Gardens Park” translated “Parque de los Tres Jardines”. It gets its name because it has 3 different styles of garden areas. There are lots of wonderful plants and an abundance of trees and vegetation throughout. Within the park are 2 play areas for the children of different age groups, which offer sand pits, see-saws, climbing frames, swings and so much more. There is also lovely greenery around the playground, ideal for picnics and picnic benches are also available which you can reserve for children´s birthday parties. On the far side of the park you also have a lagoon where you can enjoy feeding the ducks, swans and even turtles.
And of course San Pedro has its own Golf Club too called San Pedro Golf Club which is situated on the outskirts of the town. You can enjoy a fun filled day and even take your children for their very own golf lessons! You also have the clubhouse to enjoy food, snacks and ice creams and occasionally BBQ´s are arranged for the public.
The town offers a range of facilities including banks, pharmacies and medical centres. The nearest private hospital is in Marbella, HC Marbella International Hospital.
The main school in San Pedro is the Laude San Pedro International College which has fantastic reviews and not far from the town. There is also a private school, Calpe School, which is a little further towards Marbella.
There are quite a few bars and restaurants to enjoy in San Pedro, some on the beachfront sporting large terraces so you can enjoy the sunshine and the atmosphere in the evenings whilst eating dinner or relaxing with a nice cool drink. Others are a little inland and offer fantastic views.
Some of the popular places to go of an evening are El Bar de Ro, Flanker, Churrería San Pedro, El Ancla Restaurante, Bar Bolera San Pedro, Pub Charles, The Hogan Stand, El Comercio & Rafa which all have 4* reviews and are all local in the area or town.
As San Pedro is only 2km away from Puerto Banús you can also enjoy the party till dawn nightlife with many fantastic nightclubs and bars on offer in the picturesque Marina.
Whatever you decide, you will not be disappointed with wining and dining in San Pedro!
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