One of the stars of Spanish TV’s hit series Verano Azul is to get an overhaul. The boat La Dorada, which resides in Parque Verano Azul on the west side of Nerja is a replica of the boat that one of the stars of the TV series lived in. All Spanish visitors to Nerja, remember the 1980s TV series and as such, La Dorada is one of the town’s best known tourist attractions.
The council are to put the repair works needed on the wooden boat out to tender, and work will begin at the end of the summer season.
Nineteen episodes of the TV series which was filmed in Nerja were made, and they drew audiences of up to 20 million viewers in Spain The show has been re-run almost every summer since then. It has left a deep impact over several generations of viewers and has become part of Spain’s common cultural memory. It was also broadcast in Latin America, Portugal, France and some Slavic countries like Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
The show was produced by the Spanish state broadcaster TVE (which was the only television network available in Spain until 1983), and it was originally broadcast on its then main channel TVE1 from October 11, 1981 to February 14, 1982.
Visitors to Nerja can go on a guided tour of Nerja which includes the sites made famous in the TV series. Details at the information office by the Balcon de Europa.