Balcon de Competa Hotel
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Well todays campsite is different. It's out of the Aires book, which is 'cheap’ or free ‘parking’. Actually there are no ACSI campsites in Malaga and this one is a storage facility, so we thought we’d feel safe, and we do.
However, the walk to the bus stop is another story. Do not return in the dark and it’s best to jog the 300m, there’s no path and it’s really busy, the lorries passing really hurt ...
There's a folder of things to do in our apartment so we decided to take one of the road tours because the weather was quite brisk and very windy. In fact, we first attempted to hit the tennis ball around the court but we literally got blown off it, so a car ride seemed to fit the bill.
Competa is a small town up a very big mountain and the road up, and of course down, is very, very curvy and, to be honest, it ended up being the scariest ride I've ever taken. ...
It's just over three months since there was a serious wild fire near Competa, which is 6 or 7 miles from Frigiliana as the crow flies. It was a baking hot Sunday afternoon and suddenly we saw a huge plume of smoke to the north west, and then lots of helicopters buzzing round. Within minutes there were flames on the hillside too. After a couple of hours, it was apparent that the firefighters were getting on top, but the fire wasn't out ...
We made up our packed lunch and decided to head off into the mountains for the day.
After heading inland we headed off for Competa stopping at a lovely lake for lunch. It was warm and sunny and we had great views. Competa was a lovely white village, built on steep hills. it had a lovely square and the streets were great to wander around. It did get a bit colder as the sun went away, but we still had a great day out.
... think this must translate as the Inn in the Pastures). There's a bit more of this one left standing and it's got a well-preserved threshing circle, which serves as another fine viewpoint. It's a good place for a snack break, although the wind has been freshening and is strong enough to blow my gloves away when I take them off to take photographs.
From this Venta, another half hour of gentle uphill walking brings me to Puerto Blanquillo (1210m), with another ...