Seaside neighborhoods: Palo -Pedregalejo
Discover the seafaring tradition of Malaga, with the streets and architecture typical of fishermen’s neighborhoods, where you can take in a skewer of Malagueño sardines (proposed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage) and where you can still sense the authenticity and simplicity of the seafaring life. All this along an ensemble of beaches and seaside promenades dotted with snack bars serving the best dishes of our Mediterranean cuisine.
- Baños del Carmen: Located high over the remains of Monte San Telmo in 1918 as a leisure area for Malaga’s high society, built atop the old rock quarry that was used to construct part of the railway and the majestic houses in Malaga. It started out as a jetty and movie screen before transitioning in the late 19th century to public bathhouse that broke with the tradition of separating men and women. A tennis court was built later to host the first championship of Malaga. Today, part of the old facilities is still preserved in a setting that is reminiscent of the splendors of a bygone era.
- Astilleros Nereo: Dedicated to traditional wood shipmaking, its current location has been home to this activity for centuries. Visitors can see how jábegas, traditional Malagan fishing vessels dating back to Phoenician times, are made.
- Escuela de jábegas: Located on the sands of the Pedregalejo seaside promenade under some canvas tents is one of the remnants of Malaga’s maritime/fishing tradition. This school teaches not only the history and importance of this vessel in our culture, but also how to row as a unit when casting out the fishing nets, or just for sport.
- The tram: Located on Avenida Juan Sebastián Elcano, this historical component is the only remnant of what was once the public transport in the city from 1891 to 1961. Initially, the tram was drawn by animals until electricity was introduced in 1905. It linked the city center to the stately residential area of Limonar and the fishing quarter in Palo. The first company was created in Birmingham in 1889 and was later taken over by a German-Belgium concern. It ceased operation when buses were introduced after the Civil War.
- Seaside promenades of Pedregalejo-El Palo: The beachside neighborhoods on land reclaimed from the sea and built like traditional colonies were, until just a few decades ago, the homes of fishermen. Nowadays they offer the best spots for enjoying skewered sardines and fried fish, located alongside modern restaurants and entertainment spaces.
- Interpretation center of the Cuevas de la Araña: Atop an old seaside cliff made of limestone from the Jurassic Period is a set of caves with a karstic aquifer that was named a Heritage of Cultural Interest in 2013, and which features an interpretation center that is open to visitors.
- Peñón del Cuervo Beach: A protected biological enclave containing evergreens and that also features picnic and leisure areas. It is used to host beach parties, concerts and cultural and other activities on the sand. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, it is one of the few snorkeling spots where divers can still see the ocean sunfish.
- Las Palomas Watchtower: Built in times of Felipe II, it is located on the cape of Las Palomas, at the edge of the Malaga city limits. It is part of the network of watchtowers in Andalusia. It looks similar to the Torre de San Telmo, located on the shores of the Jaboneros Stream, now demolished. It lies on the Roman route that covered the coast of Malaga.