San Pedro del Pinatar
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San Pedro del Pinatar - Costa Calida - Spain
Situated on the N332 coast road, just north of the Mar Menor is the Costa Calida town of San Pedro del Pinatar, an interesting and delightful town which is a popular destination for holidaymakers of all nationalities as well as the Spanish themselves - the people of the city of Murcia in particular love this part of the coast and head here in their thousands during the hot summer months. San Pedro del Pinatar has a permanent population of some 21,234 inhabitants (2006 data), though of course the population rises considerably during the summer months, its municipal district covers and area of 21.7km2.
The town itself has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants and a weekly street market which is held every Monday. San Pedro del Pinatar boasts an excellent marina and is a haven for water-sports enthusiasts, with such activities as windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and jet skiing on offer.
For golfing enthusiasts, San Pedro del Pinatar is a great location, as it is surrounded by golf courses both established and new - the 3 courses of the Orihuela Costa (Las Ramblas, Campoamor and Villamartin) are just a fifteen minute drive away, also close by are the courses of Roda, La Manga, La Torre Golf Resort and the Mar Menor Golf Resort.
Originally called 'El Pinatar', the known history of San Pedro del Pinatar (which roughly translates as St Peter of the Pine Forest), goes back to the start of the 17th Century when a hermitage was built dedicated to the apostle St Peter (San Pedro), as St Peter was a fisherman and the town largely consisted of fishermen, they decided to rename the town after the Saint. There are thought to have been Iberian settlements in the area as far back as the Paleolithic Era, and it may also have been a stopping off point for Phoenician traders in around 2,600BC as this coast was an important trading route at this time.
There are also remains of Roman villas in the area and it is likely that it was one of the many bases the Romans used during the conquest of Cartagena in the Punic Wars (203BC), the Romans would certainly have taken advantage of the plentiful salt in the region, as salt was an important commodity in these times. The decline and fall of the Roman Empire saw the area dominated first by Visigoths and later by the Arabs who turned 'El Pinatar' into a fishing town, developing unique Arab fishing techniques, still in use today.
Over the centuries San Pedro del Pinatar has survived economically by means of fishing, agriculture and the production of salt - the Mar Menor itself having the highest salt content of anywhere in Europe. The Salinas of San Pedro del pinatar (Parque Regional de Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro) is now a protected Natural Park and is an important area for migrating birds (flamingos in particular).
San Pedro del Pinatar has some interesting places to visit Including the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, the Museo de la Cofradía, the Casa del Reloj (former home of the famous politician Emilio Castelar, president of the 1st Republic), the Wetlands Centre, the Punta de Algos and the Fish Market.
San Pedro del Pinatar is located just 4km north of San Javier (Murcia ) airport and is easily accessed from the N332 coastal road and from the AP-7 motorway junction 774. Close to San Pedro del Pinatar and well worth a visit is the town of Lo Pagan with its famous healing mud baths and fabulous beaches, and also the beautiful Los Alcázares.
San Pedro del Pinatar airport driving distances: Murcia (San Javier) airport to San Pedro del Pinatar is a driving distance of 13 kilometres (8 miles), Alicante airport to San Pedro del Pinatar is a driving distance of 84 kilometres (52 miles).
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