Walking holidays in Spain

Cómpeta based walking holiday

Guided walks In the mountains and white villages of the  Sierra Almijara 

" So many thanks for a really wonderful holiday. We had such a great time and cannot thank you enough for your great hospitality. It is a holiday we will never forget.".

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Cómpeta is a thriving pueblo blanco nestling under the Sierras Almijara and Tejeda, just 12 miles from the Mediterranean and an hour by road from Malaga airport. The south facing slopes enjoy one of the sunniest climates in Europe and provide wonderful and varied opportunities for walking for many months of the year. This unique pueblo has been our base in Spain for over 25 years. Spanish Steps is part of the local Spanish community and with our extensive local knowledge and off road transfers to trail heads we are able to do the very best walks in our beautiful sierras.

Accommodation for this walking holiday is in our own Casa Rurale in the heart of Cómpeta. Furnished in Moorish style, the house has eight bedrooms, bathrooms, sitting and dining rooms, all for sole use of our guests. Located close to the main Plaza Almijara the house provides a unique and truly Spanish environment for the holiday.

Meals throughout the week are taken at a variety of our favourite local restaurants. Some are simple and others are sophisticated, but they all provide excellent local cuisine and great atmosphere. We have excellent breakfasts in the plaza and for lunch we may take picnics into the hills or stop for tapas at villages on the route.

The walks have great variety, some are from the house and some involve short road transfers. We classify the walks on our regular holidays as Grade 2 but we can add shorter and longer loops on some days. The walks on our Higher Level Competa walking holiday are more strenuous and some are classified up to Grade 3.


Day 1 – Arrival day

The road transfer from Malaga airport to Cómpeta take about an hour. Time to settle into the house, explore the pueblo and perhaps some tapas or a siesta for those that made an early start. In the evening we meet on the roof terace for welcome drinks and a chance to discuss the program for the week. This is followed by dinner in one of the excellent restaurants in the Plaza Almijara which is also the venue for our breakfasts.
Day 2 – Walking over lemons
Our first circular walk is about six miles but we will experience all the types of terrain we will encounter on later walks. Which ever route we decide to take there will be great views of views of La Maroma, the highest mountain in our sierras plus eastern peaks, sweeping down to the Meditteranean. After a late lunch in Canillas de Albaida, we return on a pleasant level path back to Cómpeta. Walking time ±5 Hours
Day 3 – Into the sierras
A short transfer takes us up to the Puerto Collado and our first spectacular view of the Sierra Almijara sweeping down to the coast. After level walking from the Casa de La Mina, a steady climb takes us up to the centuries old path linking Cómpeta to Granada. We picnic at the ruin Venta Pradillas with great views to sea and, on a clear day, the African coast. We continue on the path around La Mina peak and then descend gently to Cómpeta and the coolest cerveca of the week. Walking time ± 5 Hours
Day 4 – White villages
Todays walk starts in Salares one of the oldest and prettiest of our pueblos blancos. The route leaves the village over a Roman bridge and takes a gentle river path up and around the base of La Maroma, at over 2,000 metres the highst peak in our sierras. The white villages constantly appear and disappear before we drop down to Sedella for drinks and a traditional travellers bandeja lunch. Walking time ± 5 Hours
Day 5 – Rest Day
Cómpeta is a very pleasant place to just ‘hang out’ with interesting shops, tapas bars, local swimming pool or perhaps a stroll to Canillas. For the more energetic, a self guided walk or a trip to the beach may be considered. The local bus is a pleasant 30 minutes experience and co-incides with the large weekly travelling market at Torre del Mar.
Day 6 – The abandoned village
This remote circular walk starts with a steady climb out of a valley but the effort is well worth it. The views up to the sierras and down to the Mediterranean are spectacular at every turn. For lunch we stop at the once adandoned village of El Acebuchal now brought back to life by Antonio and his enterprising family in a spectacular fashion. Walking time ± 5 Hours
Day 7 – Streams and summits
This last, circular walk explores the beautiful valley of the Cueva de Mielero (Cave of the Honey Maker) There are four easy stream crossings as we make our way up this remote ‘hidden’ valley. Once we have made our height, we have the choice of a gentle descent or climb to the summit of Cerro Verde. Both options end back at the stream, a truly delightful place  to pause for drinks and perhaps dabble the feet before transfer back to Cómpeta. Walking time ± 5 Hours
*Program may be changed  to suit prevailing conditions or walking preferences of the group.
For picture &  comments from our guests about this holiday see Gallery and Reviews

Dates and Prices

Autumn 2020

Sunday Sept 20 – 27

Sunday October 4 – 11

Sunday Oct 18 – 25** Higher Level

Spring 2021

Sunday March 21 – 28 *** (Early Bird)

Sunday March 28 – April 4 (Holy Week)

Sunday April 18 – 25

Sunday May 9- 16

Cost £545 per person *
** Higher Level £525 ***Early Bird £525

What is included

-7 Nights accommodation in Spanish Steps village house. All rooms are double or twins*.

– Main meal of the day with wine at excellent local restaurants (except on rest day).

– Choice of cooked or continental breakfasts.

– In house wine.

– Guided walks led by local Spanish speaking English guides.

– 4×4 vehicle transfers to trail heads.

– Airport transfers from and back to Malaga airport at specified times.

* A single supplement is not charged for single occupancy but may share bath/shower room.

Travel information The starting point for the holiday is Malaga and we provide transfers at specified times from Malaga airport to Cómpeta and return. On arrival, transfers normally leave from Malaga airport at 2.00 pm and return to the airport at 11.00 am.

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