HALF a century ago La Cala used to comprise little more than half a dozen houses, a tower and some boats.

Then came about the tourism boom of the 1970s and things began to change a little.

As Alberto Ramon, 70, recalls: “Until then there were no hotels and most people were incredibly poor and lived off the sea.

“Many of us worked in the fields above the main road, which were mostly given over to fig trees and vines.

“We used to dry the figs and grapes to make raisins and take them by donkey to Malaga.”