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San Pedro de Alcántara (St. Peter of Alcántara) lies on the main Costa del Sol coastal road the N340/A7 as well as the new toll motorway the AP7, 10 km west of Marbella in Andalucia, Southern Spain. It is easily accessed from either Málaga or Cádiz and via the C339 from Sevilla and Ronda. The nearest airports of Málaga and Gibraltar are both within an hours drive. It is situated in the fertile plain of the same name, Vega de San Pedro Alcántara, a broad stretch of coastal lowland surrounded in a semicircle by rugged hills. 

On the East the Sierra Blanca of Marbella, dominated by its highest peak Pico del Astonar (1.270 m.) better known locally as "La Concha" (The Shell) because of its resemblance to a fluted sea shell when viewed from the west. To the North, there is the Sierra del Real or El Real del Duque, the Sierra de las Nieves and those of Tolox, on the West of the town the Monte Mayor and, finally, closing the mountain line the Sierra Bermeja.

As you enter San Pedro, through the entrance arch from the Cádiz direction, you find what is probably the most typical Spanish town left on the Costa del Sol, kept very clean with a central shopping area, quiet parks and squares and beautiful gardens. Turn right off the main road to the Nueva Alcántara area and you reach the very long, newly constructed promenade and the long, wide beaches, where there are many new developments taking shape.

The culture of San Pedro reflects the greater regional culture of southern Spain. However, because of its location on a fertile plain, the local cuisine is rich and features greater use of abundant local crops.  San Pedro has the last summer fair (feria) in Andalucia which takes place in the second week in October. The fair lasts four days. On the penultimate day of the fair, a bull fight is held in celebration of Iberian culture.  Traditionally, young debutante women who attend the bull fight wear pink blouses. If a bullfighter succeeds in quickly slaughtering a bull, the young women toss monogrammed handkerchiefs into the ring in the hopes that the bullfighter will call on them afterwards.

Unlike most modern Spanish bullfights where much of the meat from slaughtered bulls is donated to charity, the carcasses of bulls which are slain during this fight are cremated in a bonfire at the end of the day. This ritual mirrors the pagan ceremonies performed by ancient Iberians.

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Barcelo Marbella, Guadalmina, near San Pedro de Alcantara
The Barcelo Marbella is a recently opened hotel surrounded by lush tropical gardens in the exclusive beach town of Guadalmina. The San Pedro de Alcántara beaches are less than one kilometre walk away and Marbella is an eight kilometre drive from the hotel.  Guests can enjoy a round on the 45-hole Guadalmina Golf Course before relaxing in a Turkish bath at the fitness and spa centre. The hotel provides golf lovers with club storage, caddy master and golf cart parking facilities.  Outdoor swimming pools for adults and children, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a number of massage and beauty treatments are also on offer.  Guests have a choice between dining at the buffet restaurant, enjoying more formal dining at the à la carte restaurant, or a snack by the pool. 
Hotel Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcántara
Positioned 10 kilometers from glamorous Marbella, Spain, the natural beauty of San Pedro de Alcantara provides the setting for Hotel Cortijo Blanco. Sierra de Ronda mountain and the Mediterranean sea forms the backdrop for this property located on the coast of Spain.  Surrounded by emerald-green golf courses and iridescent blue waters, this hotel attracts vacationers from around the world.  Personal touches include sport facilities, a mini summer club, and an expansive outdoor pool and children's pool. Guests may also take advantage of an on-site car rental facility, breakfast room and poolside bar. This all-inclusive hotel provides 211 air-conditioned guestrooms, all with colorful area rugs, bedspreads and dark-wood furnishings.
Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort, San Pedro de Alcantara
The Hotel Guadalmina Spa and Golf Resort is bounded on three sides by golf courses and on the fourth by a beach. It is located 40 kilometres from Marbella on Spain's Mediterranean coast.  The hotel is 21 kilometres from the bars, boutiques and nightlife of Puerto Banus. Selwo Park, a wildlife park featuring tigers, zebras and elephants, is 90 kilometres from the hotel.  The hotel has its own private sandy beach and boasts two open-air saltwater swimming pools, including one for children.  Guests can relax in the piano bar, which serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and a selection of wines and cocktails. Fitness Enthusiasts can work up a sweat in the gym, and golfers can practise their swing on the three golf courses, two 18-hole and one 8-hole, which encircle the hotel.
Hotel Hotetur Pueblo Andaluz, San Pedro de Alcántara
Reminiscent of an Andalusian village, Hotel Pueblo Andaluz is located in San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain.  The hotel is 15 kilometers from the center of Marbella, 75 kilometers from the San Pedro de Alcantara airport and within walking distance of the beach and bus stop.  Guests approaching Hotel Pueblo Andaluz may feel they are stepping into a traditional Spanish villa.  The enormous pool is surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs and the outdoor terrace is dotted with tropical palms. Children may utilize the on-site playground and children's pool, and babysitting services are available upon request.  After a day of seaside adventures, guests can enjoy international cuisine in the hotel buffet-style restaurant and outdoor entertainment on the poolside stage.
Hotel Imperator Guadalpin Banus, Nueva Andalucia
The Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus is a beachfront hotel located six kilometres from Marbella, Spain. Puerto Banus with its harbour, nightlife and designer boutiques is 800 metres away. Set amidst palm trees, the hotel is built in a colonial style with wooden balconies and has a relaxed, contemporary ambience. Overlooking the beach, the outdoor pool is surrounded by sun loungers and has a poolside bar and children's pool. There is a complimentary fitness room, saunas, massage treatment rooms and a hair salon. Guests can also enjoy half-price entry and a complimentary shuttle to the sister hotel Guadalpin Marbella's spa. The Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus has eight restaurants and bars on site. The hotel's private beach club offers deck chairs, parasols, snacks and drinks. It also has a water sports beach (surcharges apply). A mini-club operates April to September offering activities for children aged 3 to 12 years. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. 
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