Holiday Villa in Competa, Spain

Explore Andalucia

From your base in Finca Alberto you will be well placed to explore and experience much of what Andalucia has to offer - although it is not possible to see everything in one visit! Opportunities are as huge as they are varied - its inland cities, its extensive coastline and beach, the mountains of the Sierras, the traditional "white villages" all steeped in rich history. Perhaps most important is its perfect year-round climate with an average of 320 days of sunshine each year.

To list some of the things that are "not to be missed":-


Competa

Finca Alberto is about 5 minutes by car from Competa with its narrow winding streets, whitewashed houses and pots of geraniums clinging to most walls and windowsills. It has restaurants, bars, clubs, supermarkets, banks, shops - even a gym - and a very friendly local population.

Competa is an active agricultural town steeped in history dating back to the Moors. The surrounding hillside is clothed in grape vines and olive trees. The sweet - and potent - wine made from the area's muscatel grapes is renowned as the best in the whole province. Each August 15th Competa rolls out the barrels - scores of them - to celebrate its fiesta, the Noche del Vino, with revellers enjoying the free vino. Spaniards have a passion for all things festive! Each village also holds an annual Feria and Easter Week (Semana Santa) is celebrated throughout Andalucia with magnificent religious processions and traditional costumes. Competa celebrates Semana Santa in the main square beneath the lofty bell tower of the 16th century church.


Goats and their goatherds roam the mountains during the day and their bells can be heard in the evening as they come down into the valley for milking. The locally made honey is delicious!Most villages will host a weekly market. Competa's is on Saturday mornings. It is particularly good for fresh fruit and veg, but also has stalls selling spices, plants, nuts & olives, shoes, clothes and bric-a-brac.One of the highlights of the area is hillwalking in the Sierra Almijara mountains above Competa. There is a huge and beautiful National Park - dirt tracks and spectacular views over the Mediterranean to Africa - a walkers' paradise. There is also pony-trekking, tennis, jeep safaris, quad bike hire and paragliding available.

Competa is a 25 minute drive from the coast and resorts of Nerja, Torre del Mar, Torrox, etc. and Malaga - all of which offer sunbathing, swimming and watersports on relatively uncrowded beaches. There is a Water Park in Torre del Mar and the famous caves of Nerja where shows, ballets and plays are staged in the summer. There are numerous very good golf courses dotted about the area. All along the coast you will be able to find wonderful restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Malaga is the home of the Picasso museum and a very fine cathedral.

The Tourist Information Office and travel agent in Competa will be able to help you plan any activities. There is an internet café in Competa. A bookshop stocks walking books and maps and English newspapers are delivered daily by 11am.


Granada

Where you will find the Alhambra Palace, one of the greatest treasures of Moorish Spain and perhaps the most sensual architectural building in the world. Flamenco guitarists and dancers originated here from the ancient gypsy population. Snow skiing in winter is possible in the Sierra Nevadas.


Cordoba

With its beautiful medieval mosque, one of the most spectacular Islamic buildings of all time.


Jerez

Visit bodegas where the unmissable and delicious Sherry wine is made.


Cadiz

With sandy beaches and where the best seafood in Andalucia is served.


Ronda

Has an impressive gorge with sheer 130m drops that is spanned by an 18th century arched bridge. You will also find the oldest bull-fighting arena in Spain here - still active!


Marbella

With glitzy Puerto Banus - for people watching!


Seville

The capital of Andalucia and a beautiful, stylish and exuberant city; its streets, as one might expect, are lined with orange trees. Life revolves around the magnificent Cathedral, the Giralda Tower and the Alcazar in the centre of the city. The home of Carmen, the birthplace of Tapas and the locals are experts in street theatre!


Tarifa

Where you can board a ferry and be in Tangiers in ½ hour. Also famous for surfing and windsurfing.


Throughout the Area

Throughout the area you will find shops selling locally made and hand-painted pottery - each region with a slightly different style. Leathergoods are equally easy to find.

Jamon, the mountain-cured ham, is one of the Andalucian specialities. Another is fresh fish with all the beach restaurants serving bar-b-qued sardines and paella.

Of course you can always get away from it all and enjoy the peace, tranquillity, sunshine and swimming that Finca Alberto offers!


A perfect place for a truly unforgettable holiday for all ages.