Once just a poor neighbour to Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara is now a highly desirable destination in itself, with a great social scene and excellent property options.

Conveniently located between Nueva Andalucía and Estepona and within easy reach of central Marbella and Puerto Banús, San Pedro de Alcántara is a very popular town for families and hip young things alike.

There’s been a lot of investment into San Pedro in recent years and it really shows. The standout feature is the recently remodelled boulevard, which divides the old and the new parts of town. This stunning stretch of playgrounds, cafes and spaces to hangout is connected by a funky bridge and has become a magnet for families, as well as the perfect place to host events and festivals.

Head down to the lovely seaside promenade and from there you’ll find a popular residential area which has been newly designed to appeal to international buyers’ and tourists. There are more restaurants and bars in this area and the proximity to the wide sandy beaches are a real plus.

Head up from the boulevard and you’ll find the Old Town, with lovely bars, restaurants, shops and squares, with a more traditional Spanish feel. Over recent years the foodies have definitely moved in and the restaurants are of a very high standard, with international options alongside traditional Spanish fare.

There are lots of places to shop in San Pedro, including the La Colonia commercial centre, the Old Town, a fantastic weekly market and an industrial estate with excellent furniture shops.
San Pedro has a really nice feel, and an excellent mix of things to do, places to go and events to keep you interested all year round.

There are a number of excellent schools for all ages, including Spanish state, Spanish private and international options. For English speaking families, you can choose from Saint George’s school, Calpe school and the highly regarded Laude International college, without even needing to go to Marbella!

Not to be missed: Take the family to play on the boulevard, see the beautiful Christmas lights throughout the town and party at the final feria of the year.

Fun Fact: San Pedro used to be just a small farming community, famous for its sugar cane. How times have changed!

Steve Wiley

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