In the Heart of Andalucia
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.