Until recently there was no decent guide in English to one of the most scenic parts of southern Spain, a sub-tropical area which enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. 

But that’s all changed! Pick up a copy of “East of Malaga – Your guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical”.

Forget about Torremolinos, Marbella and all the other crowded resorts. Instead, head for The Other Costa. When leaving Malaga airport simply turn left instead of right and head east. Soon you are driving along the stretch of coast that runs from Málaga to Nerja, Almuñecar and Salobreña.

This guide, published by Maroma Press, covers the coast and the spectacular mountainous interior in Málaga and Granada provinces. Find here all the info  you need about delightful small hotels and good-quality restaurants plusimage.png facilities for all manner of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to hiking, scuba-diving to canyoning.

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.

This is what the Mail on Sunday said about “East of Malaga”: “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.” 

And The Northern Echo commented: “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?’ “

“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.

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