Another day, another pueblo blanco, (white village), also another scary road. Indeed, Competa, which we visited yesterday with friends, is known also as `Cornisa de la Costa del Sol`, which translates as the `ledge` of the Costa del Sol. There are white washed `hanging` houses, that cling to the rocks of the old river bed, that divide the old streets from the new.
The narrow ribbon of road up to this pretty town nearly 700 metres above sea level , backed by the soaring peaks of the Sierras de Tejeda, is very windy, and hugs the side of the mountains, so I kept my head down all the way to avoid hyperventilating. I seem to have got worse about heights and `edges` as I have grown older, and every foray up the mountains is tortuous for me. But the views are always amazing, the flora and fauna so very lovely, and I do still want to explore these inland towns and villages.
Competa has several fiestas, one of the most famous being the Noche del Vino, on 15th August which celebrates the end of the grape harvest, and the villagers and visitors tread the grapes, drink the local wine all night , and dance Flamenco.Perfecto.
We had a good tapas lunch in the Plaza Almijara , the main village square, which is overlooked by the 35 metre high tower of the 16th century Church of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.
Next to the church is the lovely white tile and terracotta Paseo de las Tradiciones, a promenade decorated with ceramic tiled panels displaying the history of the town, and overlooking the roof terraces of the white washed village houses.
After lunch we walked through the streets , very quiet by now as it was ( for some), siesta time. An interesting mix of refurbished ,stylish houses, the odd abandoned one with beautiful old doors with flaking paint, and the charming village school, with its brightly coloured murals.
We really loved the sentiments painted on one of the walls, their `recipe` for a happy school, including love, hugs, and patience!
Competa is definitely worth the precipitous drive, and has several museums and bodegas to visit as well. Don’t leave without trying the delicious amber coloured ( slightly sherry tasting), moscatel wine!