El Madroñal is a 500 acre (200 hectare) estate in the hills behind San Pedro, and since the 1960s is the location of some of the best homes on the Costa del Sol.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet it often means being a long way back from the coast, yet if you want to be where all the action is it can be difficult to get away from crowds and noise. Not so in El Madroñal; this is one of the few locations that combines seclusion and tranquility with great access to the buzz and facilities of Marbella and Puerto Banús.
By car, the lively little town of San Pedro is five minutes away, the glamorous marina of Puerto Banús ten minutes and Marbella town 15. Seven prestigious golf courses are within ten minutes, and there’s a tennis club, skate park, trampoline centre and water ski lake in San Pedro. When you’re done on the coast, five minutes up the Ronda road takes you back to the pines and cork oak trees in the hills of El Madroñal – to relax in the luxury of La Sorpresa.
The entrance to El Madroñal is gated with security and concierge.
San Pedro de Alcántara
The local town is San Pedro, part of the Marbella municipality, where you will find everything you need for a wonderful holiday; a choice of supermarkets, hundreds of family-run tapas bars, restaurants and shops and unlike much of coastal Spain, San Pedro remains authentically Spanish. Principally an agricultural and fishing village until tourism arrived, the remains of the Roman thermal baths in Guadalmina and the 4thC paleo-Christian basilica just off San Pedro beach in the Linda Vista area are evidence of a long history of human settlement.
Until 2012 the town was divided in two by the super-busy coastal highway but a tunnel now takes 80,000 vehicles a day out of sight and the boulevard over the tunnel is where we stroll up and down in true Spanish fashion, or jog, cycle or just sit and think. Lots more about San Pedro boulevard here.
Parking is free on the boulevard and in most streets in the town. Check for blue and green road markings to indicate the metered areas. Charges apply Monday – Friday 09.00h – 14.30h and 16.30 – 20.30 and Saturday 09.00h – 14.30h. Overnight, Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday are free.
Street market day is Thursday, at the back of the village. Turn right at the BP garage just before San Pedro, then follow the main road at the roundabout for 200m, the market will be on the right. There’s also a small municipal market for fish, meat, local produce, cheeses, etc., Monday to Saturday in the mornings. From the back of the church, walk north for 200m and where the road divides go left for 150m. Annual feria week is mid-October.