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Unmentioned in any of the guide books for Southern Spain, the town of Competa is a hidden gem. Ideally situated, there's a network of paths, passing olive groves and orchards.

Guided Walking Holidays - Cómpeta

Picture white villages perched on imposing hillsides reflecting the warm rays of the sun against a backdrop of the Sierra Almijara. Discover orchard valleys, olives groves and rural life as you make your way through the labyrinth of cobbled streets on your way up into the high country for panoramic views with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Barely mentioned in any of the guide books on Southern Spain, the Andalucian town of Competa is steeped in Moorish history and located in the Axarquia region of Spain, Competa is one of the famous ‘white villages’. Many of its buildings and houses are influenced by architecture in the traditional Arabic style. Competa was and still remains an active working farming town producing fine almonds, olives, avocados and even its own wine. It has a charming, thriving old town with two chapels, the one of San Sebastian and the other of San Anton, both from the 18th century. However, its magnificent 16th century Church of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion dominates the town with its belfry towering over the Plaza Almijara, the main square and focal point of Competa.

Ideally situated for a great holiday in the fresh air, there’s a good network of footpaths that enable us to mix short and long walks into the hills and to charming villages with tiny streets of white houses and ancient churches. Once in the high country we have frequent wonderful panoramic views and occasional glimpses of the Mediterranean in the distance.

Local transport allows us to wander further afield; you may like to take the bus on the free day into Malaga to explore and shop in this bustling and pleasant city.


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy hill walking in the Sierra Almijara and Sierra Tejeda with fantastic views over the valleys.
  • Admire the traditional Andalucian Pueblos Blancos dotted throughout the landscape.
  • Explore the charming town of Competa with its magnificent 16th century church and shaded plazas.
  • Discover Moorish architecture.
  • Walk to the hillside town of Frigiliana with valley and distant sea views.
  • Take the opportunity to visit vibrant Malaga on a free day.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways, Easyjet or Charter)
      Airport transfers by road
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Arrive at Malaga Airport and transfer by road to (1.5 hours) to the village of Competa and our hotel, the Hotel Balcon de Competa, where we stay for 7 nights' accommodation. If flight times allow, there will be a short introductory village walk before dinner.

  2. 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 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 (10 miles), 500m ascent and descent., 4.5-5 hours walking
    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 (10 miles), 400m ascent and 500m descent, 4.5 hours walking
    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 (9 miles), 700m ascent and descent, 5.5 hours walking
    From Fabrica De La Luz the walk is through a delightful unspoilt valley and penetrates well into the high sierras to reach Puerto Blanquillo

    Frigiliana to Nerja caves: 14km (9 miles), 700m ascent and 800m descent, 6 hours walking 
    There is a fair bit of climbing on the walk today, but the paths are good throughout and the scenery very beautiful. Starting at the white washed inland village of Frigiliana, our path wends its way down to the coast at Nerja.

    Salares 14km (9 miles) ascent/descent 650m, 5 hours walking
    A good long top of the grade walk offers wide vistas involving significant descents and ascents as we make our way to the ‘Moorish’ village of Salares. Here we’ll find a local bar for well-earned refreshments

  3. Day 8

    We return to Malaga Airport for the our flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 90 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Balcon de Competa

We stay at the friendly three-star Hotel Balcon de Competa in the dramatically set Competa.

White houses with balconies bursting with flowers crossed by sinuous streets characterise the town, and surround the hotel. You will also enjoy modern amenities inside, with free Wi-Fi, swimming pool (although this may not be in use year round), tennis court, restaurant, cafeteria and bar in the gardens.

A hint of the walking to come can be seen in the countryside around the town, with views of La Almijara mountain range and the Mounts of the Axarquía dotted with vineyards. On the horizon, the unmistakable blue of the Mediterranean.

Continental breakfast and dinners are included and will be provided by the hotel. Dinners are three courses, and on one evening we have a food and wine pairing evening, with local Andalucian wines. Lunches are not included, and can be bought using the banks, supermarkets and bakery that are within 400 yards of the hotel.

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