San pedro de alcantara
San Pedro has a great beach and a new promenade, where you can happily relax amongst the locals. Enjoy a fresh house salad and sardines straight off the barbeque, at one of the restaurants overlooking the sea. Or simply enjoy an evening stroll.
San Pedro town is situated away from the sea on the opposite side of the main road A-7 (N-340).
Fully explore San Pedro, as whilst the rest of Marbella has become evidentially more international, this town is still typically Spanish.
There are bargains to be found whilst shopping, and tapas bars hidden down side streets, full of local Spanish, but waiting to be discovered by you!
The town’s feria is held for one week in the middle of October. Definitely the best time of the year to be in San Pedro!
The day of ‘Virgin Del Carmen’ is on the 16th July. Where her statue, on an honoured fishing boat, leads a huge procession of local fishing boats through the water, also a sight not to be missed!
The Church in the town square was constructed by the Marques del Duero in 1866. Since 1940 it has been the local Parish Church.
Las Bovedas (Roman Ruins)
Situated near ‘Bora Bora’ restaurant at the end of San Pedro promenade.
Chronologically it belongs to the 3rd century A.D., and is an octagonal building in plan.
Surrounding the central octagon there were seven rooms of similar shape leading one to another, excluding two of them, where access was directly from the central octagon. All the ceilings were vaulted in form.
The upper part consisted of an interior gallery which gave access to a number of cubicles which purpose is unknown. This part had a cupola with skylight to provide light to the central octagon. Above this upper part there existed a terrace.
The material used in construction was known as ‘Opus Caementicium’ which was composed of lime mixed with sand and pebbles from the beach, which upon contact with the air, turned into a material of extraordinary hardness that has resisted well the passage of time.
There is speculation about the purpose of the ‘Bovedas’, possibly they were used as public baths or spas or perhaps for water storage at the endings of an aqueduct.
Early Christian Basilica
The ruins of this Basilica are in the same area and in close proximity to the ‘Bovedas’, hidden amongst the eucalyptus trees of a small wood, today within the Urbanisation Linda Vista.
This represents the first basilica with double apse discovered in Spain. It is rectangular in plan, with three naves, two apses, sacristy and baptistery.
The front, which is in a good condition of preservation, is of cruciform shape and of large proportions since in those days baptism was carried out by means of total immersion. Little remains of the building, except the foundations and the foot of the walls. Large boulders cemented with a mixture of lime mortar were used in its construction together with bricks in some corners. It is possible to observe on the floor, as well as in the walls, remnants of Roman cement.
The roof must have been made of wooden beams with large flat slabs. In and around the Basilica there is a Cemetery, with some two hundred tombs of various types, the most common being of brick. From the interior of these tombs have been recovered a number of skeletons as well as articles that accompanied the dead, such as clay vases, coffin nails and personal possessions like earrings, coins, belt buckles etc. Engraved tomb stones have also been found, one of them dedicated to a girl called Firmans, as well as a piece of marble with drawings of eagles and rabbits.
The most recent studies of the building put its date as being of the 6th century. It is regarded as one of the most important monuments in Spain of the Visigoth Period. Some of the objects discovered in this Basilica may be seen in the National Archaeological Museum, others in the Provincial Museum in Malaga and a few in the Archaeological Museum in Marbella.
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