San Pedro del Pinatar
Guide to San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, a popular resort on the Mar Menor coastline.
San Pedro del Pinatar - Costa Calida - Spain
San Pedro del Pinatar: Facing the Mar Menor on the Costa Calida coastline of south-eastern Spain, San Pedro del Pinatar is a charming and popular resort town with around 21,000 resident inhabitants and a large tourist population during the busy holiday season in July and August. Located on the N-332 coast road between Pilar de la Horadada and Los Alcazares, San Pedro del Pinatar is perfectly situated for touring both the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca coastlines and is handy for touring the ancient cities of Murcia and Cartagena which are both nearby, and both have long and interesting histories.
San Pedro del Pinatar itself has an interesting history and the known story goes back to the beginning of the 17th Century, when a hermitage dedicated to the apostle San Pedro (Saint Peter the fisherman), was constructed in the town (formerly known as 'El Pinatar') and the town subsequently renamed after the Saint, due to a large proportion of its residents being fishermen, the name which translates as 'Saint Peter of the Pinewoods' also refers to the large number of pine trees which grew in this area at the time.
The actual history of the town probably goes back much further than this however as there were certainly Iberian settlers in the area in the Centuries BC and Phoenician mariners and traders sailed along this coast (an important trade route at the time) as long ago as 2,600 BC. The Romans also settles here and built Villas along the coast and it was the Romans who first made use of the salt which exists here in great quantities in both the nearby salt lagoons and the Mar Menor itself, which has the highest salt content of any lake in Europe. Apart from extracting and exporting the salt, the Romans also established Spas along the Mar Menor coastline for health and recuperative purposes.
San Pedro del Pinatar today is a busy lttle town with a decent range of restaurants, bars and shops, and a marina with failities for water sports and similar activities. The Spanish people of Murcia head for the town during the searing heat of August and many rich Murcians have purchased holiday homes in the town.
The famous mud baths of Lo Pagan are nearby and these attract people with various ailments who come to bath in the salt waters and apply the healing mud to their sick bodies. The high mineral content of the mud is reputed to have beneficial healing effects. Golfers will have a field day in San Pedro del Pinatar as it is surrounded by golf courses and new golfing developments, such as Hacienda Riquelme at Sucina and Lo Romero Golf near Campoverde.
To the north of San Pedro is the Costa Blanca and resorts like Pilar de la Horadada, Torre Horadada and the Orihuela Costa, to the south the resorts of the Mar Menor such as Los Narejos and Los Alcazares.
San Pedro del Pinatar is situated on the N-332 just 5 minutes drive from Murcia (San Javier) airport.