The first small town on the western outskirts of Marbella, San Pedro was originally a farming village first established as a sugar cane-working colony by the Marques del Duero in the middle of the nineteenth century. Now a lively little town in its own right, San Pedro provides a range of services including shops, schools, clinics, restaurants, cafés and professional services within a tightly packed environment that is a typically Spanish mix of old and new.
Suburban areas, resort hotels and golf courses now cover the areas once dominated by sugar cane fields, but an old sugar mill still stands at the midway point between Marbella and Estepona, some 20 kilometres further west. Though set about two kilometres inland, San Pedro also has a seaside promenade with some of the best stretches of beach in the area. A popular little town that serves as the local point of reference for residents on the western extension of Marbella, San Pedro forms a more earthy and typically Spanish alternative that complements the international ambience of Marbella well.