San Pedro Alcântara is located 10 km west of Marbella. The town owes its name to the Marquis, who named it after his mother Petra de Alcantara Irigoyen y de la Quintana and Saint San Pedro de Alcantara. The city's project was ambitious: thanks to many small dams and new farming equipment imported from the States, a vast once arid area was reclaimed.
The fields required skilled and experienced farmers, and because of the good living conditions offered to the workers, many gathered in the colony from the cities of Granada, Almeria, Valencia and Murcia. San Pedro hosts the Andalusian Summer Fair (feria), which attracts many tourists during the week of 18 October.