Day 2 to 7
Located in the Axarquia region of Andalucía, Competa is approx. seven hundred metres above sea level and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, countryside and Mediterranean, and is best known to many for its locally produced wine.
The white-washed village is fascinating to explore with its labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets that date back to Moorish times.
Our walks programme for the week takes us into valleys, with walks alongside streams, to hill tops offering panoramic views over the countryside side and to the mountains beyond as well as to Andalucian white-washed villages. This area has a strong Moorish influence as can be seen in the houses, cobbled streets and village fountains.
An example of some of the walks we plan to include in our programme (dependent on weather conditions and the
ability of the group) are as follows:
Cerro Del Agua: 16km, 500m ascent and descent.
A good introductory walk direct from the hotel. Exploring the valley of the Rio Llanada and climbing to the ridge of Cerro Del Agua before dropping down to the valley of Rio Cajula and returning to Competa via the village of;Canillas.
Casa De La Mina and Cerro Gavilan: 16km, 580m ascent and 800m descent.
A lovely walk into the high mountain terrain north of Competa with a remote feel. Beautiful views of the Sierra Almijara to the north and to the coast, returning along an old mule track to Competa.
Puerto Blanquillo: 13km, 700m ascent and descent.
From Fabrica De La Luz the walk is through a delightful unspoilt valley and penetrates well into the high sierras to reach Puerto Blanquillo, with the option to continue to Puerto Competa.
Frigiliana to Nerja caves: 13.8km, 700m ascent and 800m descent.
This is a lovely walk with some challenging but rewarding parts. There is a fair bit of climbing but the paths are good throughout and the scenery very beautiful. Starting in the pueblo blanco village of Frigiliana, it takes us down to the coast at Nerja.
There will be a free day during the week allowing you to explore more of the area on your own perhaps with a visit to Nerja on the coast or the bustling historic city of Malaga, which has over 30 museums, including the Picasso Museum and the George Pompidou Museum.