San Pedro del Pinatar San Pedro (St Peter of the Pinewoods) received its name towards the beginning of the 17th century, after the building of a small temple that the fisherman dedicated to San Pedro the apostle and fisherman.
Prior to this period it was called "El Pinatar", due to its extensive forested area (particularly pine trees), where in winter, wild boar could be hunted. Around this area the remains of Roman villages have been found confirming the presence of this civilisation. Traditionally a seafaring and agricultural centre, San Pedro del Pinatar faces the tranquil waters of the Mar Menor and has become a main tourist destination.When entering San Pedro del Pinatar there is a beautiful display on the roundabout. The elected councils in many towns have adorned as many roundabouts with symbols directly related to the culture of each town. A leisurely walk through the town will allow you to discover some interesting buildings, e.g. "de la Rusa" - the Palace of the Counts of Villar de Felices. You may also wish to visit the Museo de la Cofradia del Mar, the Archaeological and EthnographicMuseum, the Wetlands centre, the Fish Market, or Parque Regional de las Salinas - a protected natural park which serves as a resting place for migratory flamingos on their way to Africa. The main attractions of San Pedro del Pinatar are concentrated around the beach and shore. There is a good shopping centre, a wide variety of bars and restaurants, ands a weekly street market that takes place every Monday.