Escape the busy city beach at Malagueta with an easy trip to Pedregalejo, about a 20-minute walk east from Malaga city centre. Pedregalejo is like a rural suburb of Malaga, with charming seaside villas and independent seafood restaurants all along the seafront promenade. The beach here is small (about 1.2km in length and 20 metres wide) but it's much quieter and less busy than the city beach. It's made up of several small coves, with calm, shallow water that's pleasant to wade into.
This family-friendly Malaga neighbourhood is something of a secret treasure. Discover authentic Spanish life by spending an afternoon or evening in Pedregalejo. Travel there on foot or rent a bike and make an adventure of it! The El Palo neighbourhood a bit further east is also worth a visit.
The most distinctive characteristic of Pedregalejo are the traditional wooden boots (Jábegas) dotted around the sand. These are used as barbecues for the waterfront restaurants. Come here in the summer and you'll smell the delicious aroma of sardines and squid being grilled on hot coals inside these boats.
Have a walk around the main strip and you'll have a multitude of dining choices ranging from laid-back eateries to more fancy restaurants, all with tables spilling outside onto the pavement.
The modern-looking Pez Tomillo is a favourite of ours and has a fabulous rooftop (with shade in the summer!) They specialise in Spanish classics like salmorejo (garlicky soup) and croquetas as well as some inventive fusion dishes. We highly recommend the carbon de bacalao (cod fried in black vegetable charcoal tempura).
Further along the walkway you'll find a bunch of family-owned restaurants that all serve up delicious seafood.
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Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal