Spain – Land of Eastern Promise

If I were to tell you that there’s a region of southern Spain that remains undiscovered and under explored, where the climate’s perfect, the beaches are pristine and pretty whitewashed villages overlook the sea, where a second home is affordable and merely a stone’s throw from a major international airport – would you believe me?

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The region is not only a hidden treasure, it’s a national treasure; its delights stem from the fact that it is under explored and therefore underdeveloped and that it embodies the real Spain, the Spain of many years gone by where the pace of life is slow and people’s values remain traditional and family focused, where the cuisine is fresh and delicious, the wines are straight to the table from the nearby vineyard, the fish is straight from the morning’s catch and where you can live the idyllic life of your dreams.

The region I’m talking about is called the Costa del Sol Oriental, or Costa Oriental for short, and it’s a land of eastern promise in a nation famous today for its high property prices, its highly polished sophistication and its dedication to a purely western standard of consumer based living. And what’s especially striking about this region is that it runs for around 50km along the coast directly to the east of Malaga – the very Spanish city that best embodies and epitomises the fame and popularity of Spain today.

When you consider how popular, how polished, how developed, overpopulated and, let’s face it, how overpriced the Costa del Sol region directly to the west of Malaga is, it makes the discovery of the Costa Oriental to the east much more significant.

If you’re looking for an ideal place in the sun, an affordable retirement haven, a highly accessible holiday home paradise – or just a place where you can kick back and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and you never thought you could conceivably consider Spain – think again…you can achieve all this and enjoy the delicious Spanish wines and local cuisine of the Andalusian region if you just care to take a closer look at the Costa del Sol Oriental.

To access the region you can fly into Malaga’s airport favoured by cheap flight operators, and you can get on the E15 route or the N340 coastal road and set out east on your Spanish adventure.

Immediately outside the city limits you will find yourself winding your way around some of the most picturesque scenery in the Med. You’ll look down on the spain premium tourism perfect, still, crystal clean azure waters from cliff top roadways, and you’ll look up to the pueblos blancos which visually define many people’s lingering love affair with the Spanish countryside. These white washed villages speckle the landscape as you lazily stretch further away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Malaga and you leave behind the city lights and all your worldly cares.