When you head east wards along the coastal road from the city centre, just beyond the Baños del Carmen you will find the small maritime promenade of Pedregalejo.
This area of the city has preserved its local character and charm without being overly influenced by tourism. The Las Acacias beaches are famous for the way they have been divided up into small, circular bays. This makes them the perfect place for swimming for families with young children. You will also find outcrops of rock, great for searching out crabs and shellfish. The temperate climate and the breakwaters make these beaches are perfect for visiting throughout the year and not just in the heady summer months. Throughout the year you will find a mix of Spanish locals and tourists with the occasional fishermen still working repairing boats.
The restaurants of Pedregalejo are mostly well established family run businesses, many of them have been around for a long time and are orientated towards the Spanish market as opposed to tourism. All of them are just a few feet from the beach and with terraces from which you can see and smell the ‘espetos de sardinas’ grilling on wood fires. (sardines) The beach is also scattered with “jabegas” (traditional fishing boats) resting on the sand with their painted eyes staring back at you. It is also the perfect setting to relax at the end of the day and watch the sun drop down behind the Malaga skyline.
Pedregalejo was an old fishing village, but it long since became one of Malaga’s more desired areas. The wealth of the past can be seen in the tree-lined boulevards, that leads past the elaborate villas built in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, although the more humble fisherman's dwellings along the sea front with uninterrupted sea views are much more predominant.
The Baños del Carmen, was a bathing resort that was opened 1918. It offered segregated bathing for young ladies, and a communal beach which was a place where the more wealthy families of Malaga would enjoy their summers. The whole area is walled, but you can still visit the splendid, yet tired beautiful building, its overgrown gardens and rocky beach.
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