Playa del Dedo - multi-award-winning urban beach in the east of Málaga
The residential area of El Palo is situated on the east coast of Málaga and has several beaches. One of these is Playa del Dedo, which is at the eastern end of El Palo. It's only a few minutes' drive here from the centre of Málaga, along the N-340 coastal road. This runs directly behind the beach, so the constant drone of car engines is unlikely to escape the notice of observant bathers on the beach.
Despite this the beach has lots of visitors and is very popular, particularly with the locals. To the east it is bordered by the small marina, El Candado. In the west a footbridge leads across a dried up estuary to the neighbouring beaches, Playa de Palo and Playa de Pedregalejo. As at these two larger beaches, a small promenade runs along Playa del Dedo. It is lined with numerous apartment blocks, but several restaurants with spacious, shady outside areas invite you to take a nice rest. Along the broad promenade you will find fish specialities fresh from the grill, hamburgers and chips, and several kiosks, where you can stock up on cool drinks and snacks.
The surface of the beach, which is around 25 metres wide, is dark and consists mainly of sand but can be quite stony in between. You will also find a pedal boat hire centre here, a football pitch and a fitness trail, enticing you to get active. The special feature of this beach, apart from its awards for environmental sustainability (blue flag) and tourism, is the excellent infrastructure for disabled people and wheelchair users. From the promenade you can reach a covered lounging area via boardwalks. Here there are several water wheelchairs to facilitate your bathing experience.