Land of surprises — the Other Costa

“East of Malaga – Your guide to the Axarquia and Costa Tropical 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.” — The Mail on Sunday

Until recently there was no decent guide in English to the sub-tropical area to the east of Málaga. But that’s all changed thanks to a totally updated guide published by Maroma Press.EastMal cover

Here is all the info  you need to find delightful small hotels and good-quality restaurants as well as facilities for all manner of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to hiking, scuba-diving to canyoning.

With around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, the Málaga and Granada coasts attract visitors and settlers from colder climes. But — fortunately — this part of the Mediterranean coast has not enjoyed the fame, nor notoriety, of the better-known Costa between Torremolinos and Marbella.

Looking for secluded beaches and hidden valleys, spectacular waterfalls and tasty local dishes?

Want to hike over lofty, snow-capped mountains? Or to drop in on unusual, colourful fiestas? Interested in sampling some of the region’s wines?

This guide will put you on the right track.

Follow in the footsteps of English writer Laurie Lee, who travelled this way in the 1930s. He noted: “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.”

He was a poet. But you too may be moved to lyrical heights.

“East of Malaga – Your guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical” (Maroma Press) is on sale at Spain’s English-language bookshops and via Amazon and other on-line outlets.

“This is a little gem of a book. And perhaps the perfect eye- opener for jaded travellers who say ‘Spain? It’s all been spoiled, hasn’t it?’ “– Northern Echo, Darlington

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