I recently enjoyed a very good holiday at Competa, a traditional and beautiful hill village in the less-visited Axarquia region of Spain.
The weather was absolutely perfect, sunny every day and no rain. The walking wasn't difficult, sometimes on tracks, although I enjoyed it most when we were on footpaths. The walks were very enjoyable, through wonderful countryside. Our leader Don was a little concerned that there had been a big fire in June and some of the hillsides were burnt and so not at their best. Personally I didn't think this detracted from our enjoyment, as it really only affected us one day and added interest to the walk.
The food was great, as you would expect. We normally took a packed lunch from the hotel, but on two occasions we stopped for an extremely pleasant lunch at a taverna. We were able to take our meals at the hotel outside as it was pleasantly warm both early morning and in the evening. Breakfasts were continental, very adequate and the evening meals were excellent. One evening we had a different wine with each course and I bought five bottles of wine to take home.
A particular bonus was the open-air pool and, as we arrived back from our walks in good time, I was swimming every day before our evening meal. The village, like all the villages we visited, is very pretty with quite a few shops. We were able to visit the church which had beautiful murals outside but the museum was only open for a short time in the morning so it wasn't possible to visit it. Sometimes we went down to the market square after our evening meal for a coffee, which again was very pleasant.
Our leader Don was very conscientious and capable, both at leading the walks and speaking Spanish. I hope to take another holiday in Spain next year, perhaps Las Alpujarras, as I am learning the language and the warm weather suits me fine.