Why buy in San Pedro


Over the last few years San Pedro de Alcántara on the Costa del Sol has seen a boom in property sales. Its location, just a few minutes from the cosmopolitan resort of Puerto Bánus and its strategic position by both the toll road and the main A-7 motorway, has made it very popular with property buyers and holiday makers alike.

Why do people buy property in San Pedro de Alcántara?

Ever since the underpass was built to take the bulk of traffic on the A-7 beneath the town instead of through it, San Pedro has become highly sought after when it comes to property buyers. With a mixture of traditional Spanish homes and brand-new villas and apartments, the appeal has got even greater.

There is a real community spirit in San Pedro de Alcántara making it the ideal place for buyers with families, or couples looking to be within walking distance of many facilities and amenities. One of the most popular international schools, Laude is based within San Pedro with many other options a very short distance away.

Why do people buy property in San Pedro de Alcántara?

In the town centre, there’s a wide range of apartments, many with fabulous views towards the coast or the mountains behind. On the outskirts of the actual centre, there is an array of spacious townhouses lining the streets offering multiple floors and in some cases basements as well. As you head towards the beach you will discover a huge choice of property options. There are some new modern apartments with terraces, private pools and incredible views. Down towards the beach, there are also some traditional villas and some new modern contemporary style homes offering luxury and spacious accommodation.

San Pedro de Alcántara is an investor’s paradise. Being so close to Puerto Bánus and Marbella town centre in one direction and Estepona in the other, as well as being within a few minutes drive of many top golf courses, San Pedro presents a fantastic all-year-round rental opportunity.

The Paseo Maritimo on the beachfront now goes non-stop to Marbella, passing through Puerto Bánus. It is now possible to walk or cycle along the front from one place to another.

For more information about San Pedro de Alcántara, check out our San Pedro de Alcántara Area Guide.

FAQs when buying in San Pedro de Alcántara

1. Where is San Pedro de Alcántara?

San Pedro is the nearest resort along from Puerto Bánus and incorporates Guadalmina as one of its urbanizations. Although it is part of the Marbella municipality, it is almost run independently as it has its own town hall and mayor.

2. How far is it from the airport?

Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is about 40 minutes by road, whilst Gibraltar Airport (GIB) is about an hour away and is a good alternative for British travellers, with ample connections to various destinations in the UK.

3. What are the transport links like?

San Pedro de Alcántara has a bus station from where you can travel to many parts of the Costa del Sol. There are regular buses to both Estepona and Marbella as well as Málaga, Ronda and Seville. There is also an airport bus that starts at San Pedro bus station. It stops at Marbella bus station and then goes directly to the airport.

4. What is the shopping like in San Pedro de Alcántara?

Within the town centre, you will find many stores, from shoe shops, sportswear, jewellers and fashion shops to the iconic Ale Hop, electrical shops, hardware shops and many more. There are several supermarkets in San Pedro, with Maskom in the town centre, DIA in the La Colonia commercial centre and Carrefour in the Cortijo Blanco part of town. As you head to the industrial estate there is even more choice with a large Mercadona and another DIA. Nearby in La Colonia, there are plans to build a Lidl supermarket.

5. Are there any educational facilities in San Pedro?

The private Laude International School is very popular, as is Calpe, both of which are in San Pedro de Alcántara. There is also a good choice of public schools, with a new one just built opposite La Colonia, in the El Ingenio area of town.

6. What are the healthcare facilities like?

There is a very good public health centre in the town which was recently completely modernised. There are also a number of private healthcare facilities with Sanitas having a clinic right in the centre called Clinica del Rio.

7. Are there any sports facilities?

There is a large sports centre called Supera which is a municipal centre, although you do need to have a membership. The memberships on offer depend on age but are very reasonable and they also offer family and OAP reductions. In the centre is a fully equipped gym, full-size indoor pool, spa area and daily classes. Around town, you can find many different private gyms and fitness centres, padel and tennis courts, football pitches and even climbing walls. The nearest golf courses are Guadalmina, Atalaya and El Higueral.

8. Is San Pedro de Alcántara a good place to retire?

Shops, health centres, beaches and most facilities are within a short walk of the majority of properties in San Pedro de Alcántara. This makes it ideal for people of all ages. Thanks to the diverse nature of the Costa del Sol, you’ll also find an extensive expat population, allowing you the possibility of meeting likeminded people.

9. What about restaurants?

San Pedro de Alcántara has become a bit of a gastro centre with many great restaurants opening up over the last few years. As well as many traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars, there is now a huge choice of cuisines from Thai, Indian, Chinese and Japanese to Italian, Greek, American, Cuban and English. Down by the beach, there are many chiringuito (beach bar) style eateries, from traditional Spanish to some more upmarket establishments.

10. Are there any beach clubs in San Pedro de Alcántara?

San Pedro de Alcántara has two main beach clubs. One is directly on the Paseo Maritimo called Amo and the other is located in the Linda Vista part of town called El Ancla. Both have pools, beds and a restaurant for enjoying a relaxing day or afternoon in the sunshine. If you are looking for some more lively venues, then both La Sala by the Sea and Ocean Club only a short walk away.

11. What is the nightlife like in San Pedro de Alcántara?

San Pedro comes alive in the evenings! Most of the nightlife can be found in the town centre with lots of bars and music pubs. There is even an Irish pub called the Hogan Stand with live music at the weekends.

12. What types of property can you buy in San Pedro de Alcantara?

Property is dependent on budget as there are properties to suit everyone. Along the beach are villas and apartments ranging from traditional to modern. Different parts of San Pedro de Alcántara have different price brackets and property types. Linda Vista is the area as you head along the beach towards Guadalmina and here the properties are slightly lower in price. As you head more towards the main town and Puerto Bánus, prices tend to rise again. The Cortijo Blanco area is slightly lower in price and has many complexes of townhouses. The ideal way to find the best type for you is to get in touch with us here at Winkworth and we can explain all the different areas for your budget.

Why buy with Winkworth?

Ready to make the move to San Pedro de Alcantara? With Winkworth as your trusted partner, you’ll have access to a wealth of expertise and personalised service every step of the way. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in this idyllic corner of the Costa del Sol, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition. From luxurious sprawling estates to charming townhouses and apartments, we have the perfect property to suit your needs and preferences. Get in touch with us today to start your journey to life in San Pedro de Alcantara. Contact our team now and let us help you make your dream a reality!