When you are walking through the streets of Malaga and ask a real “Malagueño” what you should definitely see when you are in his town, the answer will most likely be “the old fisher villages of Pedregalejo, La Jábega and El Palo”.
These fisher villages, located approximately 3,5 km from the city centre, will give you a taste of the traditional Malaga. Pedregalejo is the first fisher village you encounter coming from the city centre. Its highlight is the promenade that runs along the sea and is full of traditional restaurants and bars. Furthermore, you will be surprised by the amount of the boats that are called “La Jábega” that lie on the beach waiting to be used.
La Jábega is a traditional rowing boat that, in ancient times, was used all along the European coasts. Especially Malaga made these boats famous, where they were used during the nineteenth century to catch the legendary Sardines. Nowadays, these boats are used for races and every rower´s goal is it to be the Number One in the “Liga de Jabégas” (League of Jabégas).
An original “Jábega” is between 7 and 14 metres long and about 2,5 metres wide. It weighs about a ton and you need 15 men to row it. For the races, they built smaller Jábegas, which only need 7 men to row them. This makes the weight of the boat decrease. And lighter boats go faster!
You can still find both types of “Jábegas” on the beaches of Pedregalejo – the old ones and the new ones. And when you are already that close, why not pay a visit to our beautiful school which is located only 3 minutes away from the beach!
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