Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Marina Alta – The landscape before tourism, 70 years ago

In the summer of 1958, the Marina Alta became the protagonist of a production that presented an idyllic holiday in the province of Alicante. “Costa Blanca, a suggestive name that promised us, to the south of Valencia, the beauty of its landscape and the warm climate of a constant spring”. This was how the narrator introduced the report, in which places such as Dénia, Javea Teulada, Moraira and Calpe were shown before mass tourism appeared.

In the 1950s, Spain barely reached 800,000 tourists a year, a relatively low figure compared to the 1970s, when it rose to 13.2 million.

Javea is shown, specifically the Cap de Sant Antoni and the views from the Cap de la Nau. “The landscape captivated us in such a way that we lost track of time,” explains the narrator, who camped with her friend at the site.

Passing through Teulada Moraira, highlighted as a “charming little port” they then reached Calpe. There they climbed the Peñón d’Ifach, where without a single tourist, the makers of the documentary climbed to the top of the rock to see the coast of the Marina Alta, still unspoilt by the construction boom that would come over the years.

Source: La Marina Alta.com


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