San Pedro Del Pinatar
Located next to the new AP7 motorway towards Alicante you find San Pedro del Pinatar, an interesting and delightful city that is a very popular destination for holidaymakers of all nationalities, as well as Spaniards who pilgrim here during the hot summer months. San Pedro del Pinatar has around 25,000 inhabitants, although that number increases sharply in the summer.
San Pedro has a good selection of shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and a nice market that is held every Monday. The city has an excellent marina and is a paradise for various water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, diving and snorkeling.
The word Pintar means pine forest, and in the early 18th century a hermit’s house was built dedicated to the apostle St. Peter (San Pedro) who was a fisherman. Because the city consisted largely of fishermen, it was decided to rename the city after the holy apostle. History probably goes back to the Phoenicians, because this coast was an important trade route for them.
For centuries, San Pedro del Pinatar has survived financially through fishing, agriculture and salt production. The Mar Menor lagoon has the highest salinity in all of Europe. The Parque Regional de Salinas and Arenales de San Pedro is now a protected natural park and is an important area for migratory birds and especially flamingos.
San Pedro del Pinatar has many interesting places to visit, such as the archaeological and ethnographic museum, the Museo de la Cofradía, the Casa del Reloj, the Wetlands Center, Punta de Algos and the fish market.