There were only five other foreigners in Nerja that winter. Wine was 10 pesetas a litre and a three-course meal could be had for 60 pesetas.
He instantly fell in love with the area and has now explored almost every corner of Andalucia.
The latest fruit of his researches has just hit the market – a new edition of East of Malaga – Your guide to the Axarquía and Costa Tropical.
Covering the coast as well as lesser-known parts of the hinterland, including the Contraviesa, the Lecrín valley and the sierras Almijara and Tejeda, the Mail on Sunday said Baird’s book ‘contains everything you need to know about fiestas, sights, wine and food, places to stay’.
Priced €9.90, the guide is available at English-language bookshops, via Amazon or direct from the publisher, Maroma Press www.maromapress.wordpress.com.