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Malaga Pedregalejo - focus on Spanish life looking over the Med - Upstairs apartment

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights



Upstairs apartment

The upstairs apartment in Casa Esperanza has been totally refurbished in 2016, with a modern bathroom and open-plan kitchen. It sleeps 4 comfortably in the double and a twin-bedded rooms as well as a 5th/6th person on the sofa bed in the reading room. The house is built into the hillside so each apartment has its own entrance. This is a light and spacious apartment with lovely views from the front room over the Mediterranean and the beaches of Pedregalejo and El Palo.

The front room and kitchen are open plan with a small front terrace, the back patio with all its plants is ideal for eating al fresco and there is a side terrace with sea views. By opening a window at the front and another at the back the sea breeze naturally cools the apartment in summer.

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About the property

Casa Esperanza

Focus on Spanish life by combining beach, culture, monuments, Andalusian cuisine and night life in Pedregalejo, the beach suburb of the city of Málaga and just 2km from the centre - October 2003 saw the opening of the Picasso Museum and the whole of the centre of the city of Málaga was revitalised, 2011 saw the Roman Theatre and the Carmen Thyssen Gallery open too. Casa Esperanza is perched on a hill in a residential area of the old fishing village of Pedregalejo, where fishing boats still go out to fish right off the beach and supply some of the best fish restaurants on the Costa del Sol. Here you will be just another local resident. This is where the Spanish middle-class spent their summers at the beginning of the 1900s. There are few hotels here and this means that the beaches are quiet in summer and you will have them all to yourself in winter. Joined to the city centre by a beach promenade, there is also a good bus service into town as well as a taxi rank nearby. This is a good place to practise your Spanish and there are several schools in Pedregalejo that teach Spanish as a foreign language.

This apartment has one twin and one double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and shower room. The terrace is a balcony over the sea, perfect for eating al fresco. Casa Esperanza was our home until 12 years ago when we moved inland to El Chorro to manage 4 holiday cottages.


Beach and culture: Casa Esperanza is about 2 miles from the centre of Malaga where you can find restaurants, bars, museums, Picasso’s home and Museum, parks - there are also good restaurants and tapa bars within walking distance, the fish restaurants on Pedregalejo and El Palo beaches are among the best on the Costa del Sol. El Morlaco park is a 5 minute walk from the house. Cerrado de Calderon is an urbanisation just behind the house and offers: banks, bakery, supermarket, shops, public telephone and hairdressers. Special dates: August fair (bullfights, concerts, flamenco, festivals). Easter (processions). Carnival (Feb). Christmas cavalcade on 5th January.

Discover Andalucía: From Málaga there are excellent communications with the rest of Andalucía. Whether you decide to rent a car or to take public transport there is a wide selection of places to visit either on the coast: Rincón de la Victoria, Nerja, Almuñecar, Marbella, Gibraltar.... or inland monumental cities like Córdoba, Granada, Seville, or you can even ski at the Sierra Nevada resort not forgetting the charming towns Antequera and Ronda. If you are interested in the wild side of Spain, there are several nature parks near the city of Málaga.

From learning Spanish to Moorish castles: There are endless possibilities to make your holiday a success. From learning Spanish to para-ascending....... discover Islamic Spain, the vast fauna and flora, the deserted inland areas, the cuisine, the wine, festivals, museums, the unique Easter processions, fairs, concerts, exhibitions,........

Let us know what you would like to do and we can help you plan your holiday and provide you with the information you require.

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Registration Number : VFT/MA/01137

Member since: 2001
Speaks English, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2017

About Susan

I moved to Spain after I left school at the beginning of the 70s when Torremolinos was just opening up to tourism. After several hotel and office jobs I became a translator and never looked back. We decided to move inland 12 years ago, where we manage 4 holiday cottages in the Nature Park of El Chorro www.homeaway.co.uk/2678

Susan purchased this apartment in 1980

Why Susan chose Malaga City

The first time I visited Casa Esperanza, before I lived there, I was immediately blown away by the view, so relaxing by both day and night. I was already living in Pedregalejo so I rented one of the apartments first of all and then when the chance to buy came up I took it and I have never looked back.

What makes this apartment unique

Pedregalejo has still the character of a village although it is only a couple of kilometres from the centre of Málaga. It has also managed to keep its Spanish character over the years. There are few hotels and hostels here and this means visitors don't come in mass. At night from the sitting room you can still watch the lights of the fishing boats in the sea.

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Winter November, December, January and February are weekly prices (290€) for 2 sharing, 50€/weekly supplement per extra guests. 10% Christmas supplement between 23rd December and 5th January. Rates for other dates are for 4 sharing with 10% discount for two people sharing or for a two week stay.10% supplement for 5th and 6th guests. You can pay by internet bank transfer in either pounds or euros.


Accommodation and facilities for Upstairs apartmentin Pedregalejo in Málaga-Este

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Recently refurbished
  • New, modern bathroom with a shower enclosure, wash basin and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The apartment sleeps 4 comfortably, with a sofa bed in the living room for a 5th or 6th person. We can provide a travel cot on request. We provide sheets and towels. 10% discount for 2 sharing this apartment.
  • Books ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A short walk takes you down to the beach and bus stop for the number 11 bus into town, it takes around 5 minutes, there are lovely old Spanish villas on the way with mature gardens you can admire. The excellent views and cool summer breeze the house enjoys come at a price, the walk back up is steep and may be too much for elderly guests, however car hire is not expensive and you can park in the street outside the house. Calle jarama is a cul-de-sac and usually quiet..


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Upstairs apartment
average rating of 4.2222223 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

J'ai passé 4 semaines dans l'appartement de Susan, un vrai bonheur : superbe vue sur la mer, très calme, quartier résidentiel, la plage à 5 mn, transports en commun pratiques (je recommande de louer un vélo, il y a un loueur sur l'avenue en bas). Le grand plus : on n'est pas au milieu des hordes de touristes, ce côté est de Malaga est résidentiel, on vit vraiment à l'espagnole, le voisin Joaquin est par ailleurs très sympathique !

I spent 4 weeks in Susan'apartment, a real pleasur : beautiful view (sea), very quiet, residential district, the beach 5 mn walking, public buses very practical (I recommend to rent a bike, there is a rental place just down the avenue). The great "plus" : you are away the tourist crowd, this side of Malaga being residential, you really live "the Spanish way", and the neighboor Joaquin is above all very nice and helpful !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci!
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A taste of real Spain

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in August with our 2 teenage boys and had a great time. The location is excellent - in a quiet residential area but just a short walk to the beach and restaurants. Fantastic sea views and we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony whilst the boys chilled out in the bright, comfortable living room.

We used the regular bus service to go into Malaga - a city we have visited before and love. But the highlight was being so close to Pedrejalejo beach and the restaurants, bars and cafes that line the beach front. We rarely heard another language other than Spanish which was great for my son studying for his Spanish GCSE. Lovely atmosphere and not touristy at all. Yes the walk back to the apartment up the hill is steep but it got easier as the week went on and we got fitter!

A great apartment - clean and well equipped with big bedrooms. We would definitely like to return.

Many thanks Susan for all your help.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A really enjoyable stay

  • 4 of 5

The view from the flat is spectacular, the living room has character and lots of light, kitchen and bathroom are new and works well, the bedrooms are spacious with good closet space. The seven minute walk down the hill takes you to the bus station from where the busses go frequently into the centre. Another few minutes walk and you hit the long, beautiful and charming beach with more then 50 cafes and restaurants to chose between. The walk back up to the flat might be stiep but worth it for the sunrises and views. For shopping, I would recommend the center behind the flat, on the other side of the hilltop, where you will find a supermarket, newspapershop, bakery and a handful of restaurants, and this is an easy walk. I visited in January and the nights were cold. Therefore, bring slippers and pyjamas. If you come by car, park it in the street above as Calle Jarama is a narrow, steep dead-end street. I recommend this flat as an authentic Spanish holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hope to be back

  • 4 of 5

We stayed the week before Christmas 2016 and had a fantastic break. The weather was kind and we enjoyed being outside during the day, we didn’t have a car and walked all over, you can walk into the centre along the beach promenade or to the El Morlaco park behind the house. You can come back on the bus, the service is good and cheap too, and it runs all night! The beach is great for a walk or a meal, simple fish cooked in front of you and a glass of wine, it doesn’t get better than that. As it isn’t a resort there life goes on even in winter and I love that. This time of the year the sun came up right out of the Mediterranean – amazing. You are spoilt for choice of restaurants but some nights we stayed in and cooked simple food, the apartment has everything you need and the view at night is relaxing. It is heated by a gas heater and there are a couple of wall heaters which we didn’t need. The apartment is nicely furnished and well equipped, there are two desks so if you bring your laptop you can work or watch TV because the WiFi is good. Susan was very helpful and made some good suggestions, she told us the apartment is going to be refurbished when we leave so can’t wait to come back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3 bed apartment

  • 2 of 5

Not the apartment for us ..... though some of this was down to us making the wrong choice on location and probably our expectation of the apartment.

Plus point first - Susan was really helpful from first contact regarding booking the property - regular contact and extremely understanding and flexible.

Negative points - I'd prefer to think of these as observations, or things we think should be specified in the description, and which would have informed our choice, but here we go....

1. Parking is dreadful - the street in front of the property is very narrow, and on a steep slope (all the cars are half parked on the pavement). It's also a cul-de-sac and if the house at the bottom had had cars in front of it, there would have been nowhere to turn round - even so, it took me a 9 point turn in a small car to turn round in it, and we saw several locals reversing 100 metres up the road to get out - if you're not a confident driver you'll be stuck.

2. Yes, it's a 5 minute walk down to the beach, but a good 15 / 20 minutes walk back - the incline is very steep and not for the faint hearted (literally)

3. The apartment was VERY hot (we were there in July, but even so ...), and I'm afraid 2 old fans aren't going to keep it cool - yes, as mentioned, if you have the front windows and back doors open, you quite often get a breeze going through, but you're not going to sleep with door open ! Also, when we were there, the blinds on the front window were broken, so closing them wasn't an option.

4. As has been mentioned in other reviews, Joaquin next door is lovely and helpful, but he has two Yorkshire Terriers that literally didn't stop yapping the whole time we were there - any movement at all in the apartment, never mind the small terrace, set them off. Particularly annoying at night when trying to get to sleep.

5. Final point - we found the decor and facilities in the apartment a little "tired" - the kitchen especially could do with some modernisation.

As I said, not for us, but it is what it is, relatively cheap, in an authentic Spanish part of the City (not touristy at all) and hopefully my comments will help others make an informed decision as to whether to book it

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Girls tour

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place !!! If you want a local experience and not the regular tourist stuff this is the place to be . All the fabulous seafood on the promenade is to die for . Check out El Tintero , they don't have a menu ,just walk around with plates of goodness that you point at . 6€ each . They count your plates at the end that's what you you pay .

Susan the manager was super , even saw that we got tickets to walk the "Caminito del Ray " in El Chorro . I strongly recommend doing it ,so very beautiful . I agree with another comment to bring slippers in winter . I paid 1 € atthe market in Fuengirola for a pair , that way you can leave them behind when you go .

Transportation to anywhere is great in Malaga as well as from the apartment . We were 3 senior ladies, and here for three weeks and on the run every day !! Can't say enough about Malaga ,the Spanish people and our wonderful time here. Leaving the apartment tomorrow for Granada ,I will leave a piece of my heart here. Thank you for everything Susan and answering all my many questions

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Pedregalejo or Cerrado de Calderon
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
El Candado
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Cerrado de Calderon
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Pedregalejo or Cerrado de Calderon
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
0.3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Pedregalejo, just 3 kilometres east of the centre of the city of Malaga, still has the character of a fishing village, the perfect place to combine beach and fish restaurants with culture. Casa Esperanza perches above the beaches of Pedregalejo and El Palo and the sea breeze cools the house naturally. There are excellent fish restaurants and pavement cafes all along the beach promenade if you want to go out. A regular bus service takes you into the centre of Málaga or you can walk along the promenade... the Picasso Museum, the Alcazaba castle, the Cathedral, the Park, the Thyssen Museum and many other art galleries and museums are just a few of the attractions. The port area, Muelle 2, is a lovely place to have a walk, have a drink and window shop. The beaches are usually quiet all year because this is a residential area, not a resort, with several schools where you can learn Spanish in the vicinity. In winter the sun rises out of the Mediterranean sea, well worth getting up early to see, the view from the house is fantastic.

Other Activities: Museums, theatres, cinema, art gallery, parks, botanical gardens, shops .....