Summer Reading: East of Malaga
English-language guidebooks tend to dwell on the glories of Granada and the beaches of the Costa del Sol, but pay little attention to the Costa Tropical and other areas of Granada province.
Now British journalist David Baird, long resident in southern Spain, has done his bit to rectify the situation.
A totally updated edition of his book East of Málaga – Your guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical has just been published.
Even after basing himself in the area for some 40 years, Baird says that he still found surprises as he trekked along the coast and inland. He came across unusual fiestas, spectacular waterfalls, hidden valleys and tasty local dishes.
Way back in the 1930s, he notes, Laurie Lee was an early, penniless “tourist.” Lee spent a winter in Almuñecar, commenting: “The cliffs and mountains soaked up the sunsets like red sponges and the distant ragged edge of the sierras shone blue as a blunted saw.”
Much has changed since then but the region retains a magical quality, as Baird verified. He checked out the lesser-known corners, including the pueblos of the Lecrín valley and the bodegas of La Contraviesa.
According to The Mail on Sunday, “East of Malaga is full of useful information and thoughtful advice. It contains everything you need to know about fiestas, sights, wine and food, places to stay and much more.”
“A little gem of a book. Perhaps the perfect eye-opener for jaded travellers who say ‘Spain? It’s all been spoiled, hasn’t it?'” commented The Northern Echo, Darlington.
The guide includes scores of spectacular colour photos plus practical information for a short visit or a long-term stay, covering everything from secluded beaches to snow-capped heights, from cozy hotels to outstanding restaurants.
East of Malaga – Your guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical is on sale for 9.90 at 1616 Books, Salobreña. Also available online or direct from the publisher, Maroma Press (www.maromapress.wordpress.com).
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(News/Culture: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)