Do you remember a time when nobody back in your home country had ever heard of the place where you live? Not so now…
The Telegraph journalist, Annie Bennett, wrote an article on the Costa Tropical mentioning “sitting on a beach in the warm December sunshine, eating a prawn and mango salad and drinking locally made rum.” Sound familiar?
This is the stuff that tourism councillors along the coast dream of – a major foreign newspaper giving free publicity, enticing people to visit their municipality. After all, places like Almuñécar spend a lot of money on taking their tourism stands to all those national and international tourism fairs.
She extolls the climate, the lush vegas with their tropical fruit, she likens it to just under 100-km stretch of Cuba. She erroneously mentions a sugar-cane crop but apart from that the article is flatteringly accurate.
She mentions such activities as scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking and the proximity of The Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada.
She also mentions that Costa del Sol ends just east of Nerja, which is as pleasing as an inhabitant of Scotland being called Scottish by a European or American rather than English.
Pretty Salobreña receives the piropos that it deserves thanks to its emblematic castle + rock + white-village setting, topped off by a Sierra Nevada backdrop. Almuñécar also gets a mention with its Roman fish-salting site set in the Parque Majuelo.
But the article soon skids off in the direction of Elche in Alicante, brushing aside the ugly-sister Motril but not before mentioning Casa Bates.
Hell, but those of us that live here know that Motril is the beating heart of the Costa Tropical with its parks, museums, port, golf course and thriving economy independent of seasonal tourism. Yes, Motril with its 60,000 population is the engine that pulls this train.
And you can’t mention scuba diving without speaking about La Herradura, the very epicentre of such activities.
So, Telegraph readers now know that there is a sort of ‘Cuba’ next to the Costa del Sol – besides Cadiz, that is – without having to travel to the Caribbean!
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)