Andalusia’s Costa del Sol is a sun-drenched paradise, with golden beaches surrounded by the peaceful Mediterranean on one side and rugged mountains on the other. The region has no shortage of coastal resorts to enjoy a relaxing getaway, and San Pedro de Alcantara is one of the best.
This top destination has grown from a traditional Spanish village into a bustling tourist hotspot, maintaining much of its Andalusian pueblo charm. A palm tree-lined boulevard leads you to the white sand beach, which stretches for two kilometres and is surrounded by lush green gardens. There are plenty of spots to enjoy a cocktail or grab a bite by the beautifully tiled promenade. For something a little more traditional, head inland, where winding narrow streets hide delicious tapas bars and souvenir-filled artisan shops. The Thursday Market is a great place to sample the delicious local produce, a must for self-confessed foodies. Golf is popular among locals and visitors too, with four nearby courses to choose from, while nightlife centres around the cocktail bars lining the beach. For something a little more glamorous, you can always head to nearby Marbella, Costa del Sol’s favourite party town – it’s only a fifteen-minute drive!
San Pedro’s sister resort is a peaceful community just a stone’s throw from sophisticated Puerto Banus in Marbella. Divided into Guadalmina Alta and Guadalmina Baja, accommodation consists mostly of traditional Andalusian villas – perfect for a relaxing family holiday. The resort’s main attraction is its golden beach, offering a calm and peaceful oasis. If you fancy exploring the countryside, take a hiking route along the snaking Guadalmina river.
Those seeking a livelier resort will find everything they need in Marbella’s white-washed cobbled streets. The city’s reputation as a playground for the rich and famous is well known, but there’s more than glitz and glamour in this pretty town. For a taste of the traditional Marbella, head to the historic quarter, where orange trees line the winding paths. Party animals will fall in love with Puerto Banus, the town’s vibrant marina. Expect luxury yachts, upmarket cocktail bars and wild clubs.
Stay in Estepona if you want a holiday in a traditional Andalusian pueblo. Although the beach resort is popular with tourists, it has managed to retain its village-style feel. The cobbled streets take you back to the time when horses were the main form of transport, and the narrow back alleys are home to some of the best tapas bars and bodegas in Spain. Whether you stay for a weekend to soak up the local culture or visit only for the day, you’ll definitely fall in love with Estepona.
Exploring San Pedro de Alcantara…
San Pedro de Alcantara beach is a two kilometre long stretch of golden sand lapped by azure waters. The promenade that runs by it is full of bustling restaurants and chiringuitos – the lively beach bars so typical of Spain. It’s almost as wide as it is long, so it never feels as crowded as the beaches in nearby Marbella. Guadalmina beach is also at its doorstep, offering a sunny spot to sit back and relax.
Is there a better way to relax than to play golf with stunning views of the coast? Four fully-equipped golf courses offer plenty of opportunities to pot some holes in San Pedro. Monte Mayor, Atalaya Golf, El Paraiso and Guadalmina Golf Club are all as striking as they sound – and have excellent restaurants on-site.
Shopaholics are spoilt for choice in San Pedro, with the Guadalmina shopping centre offering the perfect place to go for a wardrobe overhaul. It is home to many restaurants and cafes so you can have a pick-me-up in between all the outfit choosing – shopping is hard work, after all. Meanwhile, the local markets of both San Pedro and Guadalmina are great to pick up something a little more traditional.
Visit Paleochristian landmarks
The Basilica de Vega del Mar and its adjacent necropolis are surrounded by a eucalyptus forest by the Guadalmina river and culture vultures won’t want to miss this historic landmark. The discovery had such an impact on Spanish history, a lot of the relics unearthed are displayed in the National Museum of Archaeology in Madrid.
Costa del Sol cuisine
The Mediterranean diet is famous for its use of fresh ingredients in simple ways – usually washed down with a glass of wine or two. The Costa del Sol is no different, offering plenty of mouth-watering dishes. Spanish favourites like tapas and paella feature in every menu, as do fresh fish and seafood. Sample the pescaito frito and porra soup.
San Pedro de Alcantara Restaurants
Whether you fancy a traditional meal in one of San Pedro’s bodegas or a sophisticated dining experience by the beach, this resort has something to suit every palate. International cuisine is also easy to find – opt for lunch and cocktails at the Bora Bora chiringuito for a great meal.
San Pedro de Alcantara is a great holiday spot for those looking for a relaxing Costa del Sol escape. Its beach is a tropical delight, with palm trees and verdant gardens on one side and crystal clear blue waters on the other. Plus, Marbella is only fifteen minutes away.
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