Welcome to the city of Lepanto, located in the north of San Pedro. Originally a small fishing port, it became a Crusader port due to its predominate Christian community under Muslim rule. After the reconquest, the town continued to be an important port. However, in the mid 20th century, the town's economy plummeted and it was an impoverished backwater. Today, however, it is a resort town of high-end fashion boutiques and restaurants.
Today, Lepanto is a popular stop for tourists on their way to the beaches of the San Pedro riviera. In recent years, the town has become largely prosperous and has risen from it's derelict years in the 50's to the '70s. Today, it is well known for its yacht club and sailing competitions.
In the middle of the town is the Plaza de la Costa, with the Church of the St. Michael the Archangel located here.
On a peninsula, jutting out into the sea, is the older part of the town. This area is dense and contains many small streets and alleys. There are many tourist shops and restaurants here however, which have become quite busy due to the massive increase in tourism. Also, there is a busy waterfront area with small tapas bars and restaurants. This is where most of the "regular" tourists go to buy tacky souvenirs and t-shirts with lame jokes.
Near the Plaza de la Costa is the beach, which is not nearly as popular as the ones on the Riviera coast, but still gets busy and crowded during the Summer.
The beachfront promenade in Lepanto has gone under major renovation in the past decade. Just last year, this new shopping center was built which features many luxurious clothing and jewelry outlets. There are also some expensive stores in other parts of the town, giving Lepanto a reputation as a posh resort for wealthy tourists.
An aerial view of the town.