After we had to cancel our visit to Cómpeta last year due to illness of one of our hikers, we were able to make up for this completely in the past two weeks with our group of 12 people! Our arrival day already promised a lot; a warm welcome from Albert who already drove towards us and welcomed us with a drink and tapas on the village square at a temperature of "sitting outside". We have done that many times, also in the evening in the wonderfully heated "tent" of Pedro of the La Tapperia Restautrant in the village square. We were absolutely surprised by the delicious food and the low prices!
The first day we had a wonderful walk in the morning, on Albert´s advice we made a short walk to the neighboring village of Canillas de Albaida followed by a "relaxed" afternoon program, set up a further walking program with Albert and then adapted to the Andalusian rhythm and had a Siesta. The next day had a huge downpour, with rainwater flowing like "streams" through the narrow streets of the village. In the afternoon it cleared up and we put on our walking shoes for a nice walk along the boundary of the adjacent Natural Park with fantastic views to the impressive, surrounding mountains La Maroma and Cerro Lucero (which we would climb in the second week).
Thanks to Albert's "Tailor-made Hiking" formula (he adjusted the group's walking program according to our abilities and wishes during our stay) we were able to make beautiful walks the following days, despite the occasional rain shower, with the occasional transfer to the routes in his 4x4s! And what a wonderful walk we have had, we found the walks of the Fabrica de Luz in Canillas, via the Puerto Blanquillo and the old mule path very beautiful, the route from Salares through the Natural Park back to Cómpeta, the route to Cortijo "el Dayre" exciting and also the walking route from the Puerto del Collado to the mountain village Acebuchal very beautiful, also because of the magnificent views and the delicious food in the bar!
However, the highlight for us was the hike to the top of the mountain Cerro Lucero at 1779 meters. Via a transfer with 4x4 vehicles we started the route from the previously visited Puerto Blanquilo, then via the Puerto de Cómpeta and the huge marble quarry and a narrow, sometimes quite steep walking path to the ruins of the Guardia Civil on the narrow top. What an impressive view over the landscape behind, the surrounding white villages and the Mediterranean Sea with the Riff mountains in North Africa in the distance! We left a message in the "mailbox", after which we descended again and walked back to Cómpeta via the old mule route with the three ruins of old inns.
Our two "walking weeks" have really flown by, unfortunately our stay in Cómpeta is now coming to an end, but we take the experiences back to the UK, also thanks to the comfortable and especially cuerky accommodation of Mesón La Hospedría where we had a couple of a beer´s together with Albert in the rustic house bar and prepared the walk for the next day.
Dear Albert, thank you very much for your relaxed and involved approach to our walking holiday, we would like to come back!