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Living in San Pedro de Alcantara on the Costa del Sol

San Pedro de Alcantara is close to Puerto Banus and Marbella, yet has a character all of its own. It has a lovely old town, with a car-free street leading up to the pretty town square with a great café culture. There are often special events, parades and a huge weekly market to take advantage of and there is a plethora of language schools if you want to work on your Spanish. The old town area is pretty and quaint, but can be tricky to navigate in a car, with lots of one way roads and limited parking.

This is balanced by the other face of San Pedro which is the area between the sea and the main road. This area has a large number of modern developments of attractive flats and houses which represent excellent long term rental properties and are decorated to appeal to foreign tastes. The sea front has a great promenade, restaurants and bars, wide sandy beaches and plays host to regular events such as the Arte Sano festival at the end of November.

The residents of the area have been suffering whilst the long overdue bypass was being constructed and a lot of the main street was undergoing construction and repairs, but now they are reaping the rewards and have a beautiful public park, lots of new amenities and much less traffic going through the centre. But it doesn’t end there, the council is planning to build a new bus station covering 120 square meters with parking around the old 340 bypass road.

Rental properties are surprisingly well-priced, especially compared to nearby Puerto Banus, and renting long-term in San Pedro allows you to mix comfort, modernity and space with the benefits of being able to be part of a thriving Spanish community. Read our San Pedro area guide for more information.