High level walks through the mountains and white villages of the Axarquia
“Thank you all so much for a great holiday. We loved every minute of it and Cómpeta was even nicer than I remembered”
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 many years and Spanish Steps is very much a part of the local Spanish community.
Spanish Steps – Cómpeta Peaks guided walking holiday
Once or twice a year, or by request, we offer a Cómpeta based holiday which includes some higher level walks. Designed mainly for guests who have walked with us before and return to climb some of the higher peaks and walk some of the more remote paths. These weeks will also appeal to regular walkers who would enjoy more strenuous walks with total ascents on some days of up to 1,000 metres.
We classify the walks on our regular holidays as Grade 2 but on this Higher Level week the walks are more strenuous and some are classified up to Grade 3. (See notes – What about the Walks on More Information page.)
Accommodation for the holiday is in the Spanish Steps town house in the centre of Cómpeta. Furnished in Moorish style, the house has eight bedrooms, five 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 breakfast in the Plaza and for lunch we may take picnics into the hills or stop for tapas at villages on the route.
The town of Cómpeta sits on the edge if the sierras Tejeda and Almijara at an altitude of 600 metres. The highest peak in the sierras is La Maroma at an altitude of 2,069 metres and there are many other peaks higher than anything in the UK. We do not have a set itinerary for our Cómpeta Peaks holidays as walking the higher level paths and tackling some of the peaks is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and general strength of the group. Walking times are around 6 hours a day with some steep ascents and descents with spectacular views. We avoid route marches and tedious climbs and use our 4×4 vehicles to get to the more distant trail heads.
Dates and Prices
Wednesday 27 Oct – Nov 3
Cost £495 per person*
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).
- Full 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 rooms may share bath/shower room.
Reviews & Visitors Book
“We had a fantastic holiday. The walks were wonderful and the views stunning. The people great and it’s the people that make the holiday. A big thank you to Andy for his guiding and patience and to you and Sue for letting us stay in your beautiful Spanish house and for your hospitality. This was one of the best guided group holidays we have been on” Beverly & Brian High Cómpeta Peaks Oct 2019
“I can only repeat what I have been saying since my previous week in Competa years ago – Spanish Steps is an experience unequaled in my opinion. The quality and charm of the house reflects the quality and effort that you put into making sure that everyone enjoys the week from the crazy( but fabulous) breakfasts right through each day until we climb those high steps to bed!! You do a really great job!” Mary (Ireland) Cómpeta Peaks Oct 2019