|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
Coming from Northern Europe in January, we really enjoyed the light and the bright sun. The views from the apartment are very nice, with spectacular sunrises. The small protected balcony is great for morning coffee. When the sun disappears around midday it's time to walk down to the promenade in Pedregalejo and view the menus offered by the variety of restaurants found there. We really liked the fresh, grilled in front of your eyes.
The apartment is nicely furnished and well equipped, including good WiFi. You have to be a bit careful, not turning on the warm water in the shower at full strength or you will have a very short shower. The floors are tiled so it's a good idea to bring slippers in the winter.
The walk down to the sea front takes about 10 minutes, coming back a bit longer due to the fairly steep rise. Convenient buses to Malaga run every 10 minutes.
We were a group of 4, including one elderly lady.
The views over the bay were absolutly stunning and the apartent was charming. We were impressed by the size of the bedrooms and all you needed was there. Susan, the owner, was very efficient and helpful. The apartment was clean and nicley decorated.
It was only a 5-10min walk down to the beach promenade which was very authentic and we enjoyed the lack of English tourists and the great Spanish food. In the evenig fishermen are roasting sardines on a logfire and you can chill out, eat and drink while watching the sea. We loved it! If you want Spain and not an English resort, you will feel comfortable in this apartment. I knew Malaga before and I think it is a great, beautiful city with la lot to see.
Unfortunately there are a few negative points:
The double bed in one of the bedrooms is very uncomfortable. Our sleep was also disturbed by a continous banging noise from the boiler in the bathroom. Probably this could be mended at one point? The balcony with sea view was very small and only suitable for 2 people. I got a different impression from the image on the website as it shows the terrace from the apartment below.
Further I would not recommend this property to anyone infirm (without a car) as the way down to the beach is very steep and the climb back up the hill is rather exhausting for older/unfit people.
But all in all we were very happy and (provided the boiler would be mended) I would stay in this apartment again. We had a great time!
We were taken by the charm of the building, the view, the apartment itself and the area. We loved spending time in the shade of the green back patio of the house, which is an ocean of green plants and also has a lemon tree (we picked a couple of lemons and made drinks). The apartment itself is simple, practical, nice and soulful. Each of the three spacious bedrooms has a desk, which is good for working.
We both LOVED Pedregalejo and just about made it to Malaga center one night. We were two writers, spending the mornings working and the afternoons by the sea. The apartment has a stunning view of Pedregalejo and the Mediterrean. Very quite, locatED in a dead end street. Near the beach area that somehow reminded us of Venice Beach; beautiful small houses, many nice cafes and restaurants (excellent seafood). The walk down is seven to eight minutes. It did us a little longer to get back, due to the hill, full bellies and sometimes one toO many “tinto de verano” (must be tried; red wine, soda water and lemom). We certainly want to come back to Casa Esperanza and Pedregalejo. Great value for the money and a real Spain experience.
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 .....