There are lots of interesting forms of entertainment here in San Pedro de Alcantara. Now, unlike many of the modernized coastal towns in Malaga, which have been transformed into bustling beach havens, San Pedro de Alcantara has managed to preserve much of its ancient culture.
Therefore, you might want to grab the opportunity and spend a good part of your time here visiting old monuments and witnessing old practices.
Touring Ancient Monuments
If you’ve visited other coastal towns in Malaga, particularly those that have popular, densely populated beaches, you might have noticed that only a few monuments remain standing. Here, you’ll still be able to visit many of them.
Among the most frequented by tourists are the following: Termas Romanas de las Bovedas (ancient Roman baths known as The Vaults), Basílica paleocristiana de Vega del Mar (a basilican of early Christians), Torre almenara de Bóvedas (beacon tower of the Vaults), La Iglesia (the local parish church), La Villa de San Luis (Village of San Luis), El Trapiche de Guadaiza, and La Alcoholera (the alcohol factory).
Witnessing Bullfights of Ancient Iberia
Another interesting activity to watch here is a bullfight. The bullfights held in San Pedro de Alcantara have retained much of their ancient Iberian practices. These are typically held during the summer fair (feria), a celebration in October that lasts for four days.
During the bullfight, debutantes wear attractive pink blouses. In the event that a bullfighter defeats a bull quickly, these young women toss handkerchiefs into the ring and one of them is picked by the victorious bullfighter later on. After that main event, you might want to stick around town to witness the bonfire that will be held at the end of the day.
Like the Iberian bullfights of old, the ones held in San Pedro Alcantara culminate in a large bonfire wherein bulls that were killed during the fights held earlier in the day are cremated. This is quite different from most modern-day bullfights wherein the meat of the slain bulls are donated to charity.
As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to keep yourself entertained in this part of Spain. Among the other activities worth trying are the wine tours, hiking in the Sierra Blanca, 4x4 safari in the mountain roads of the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, and of course, basking under the hot Costa del Sol sun on the beaches of San Pedro de Alcantara.