After many years in this beautiful part of Spain I should be used to these views but I don't think I will ever got tired of this scenery!
The natural park of Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama start on our doorstep and it offers spectacular scenery from the olive and almond trees to the Atlas mountains in the distance. As the day turns to night and the seasons change so does the countryside. The colours and the cloud formations, the shadows and the light. Mountain Maroma sits behind the village and it's look changes by the hour.
Five years ago we started to build our dream. We always loved to travel in warm places. Southern Spain attracted us immediately and Andalusia is, in our opinion, a most beautiful area of the Mediterranean. The sun, the diversity of landscapes and the long coastline make it an ideal destination to live in and a great holiday spot. The region West of Malaga did not appeal to us because we were aware of the mass tourism. However we were overwhelmed by a tour through the Axarquía (a region east of Malaga), still so unspoilt and such friendly people!
When we were looking for a house in Spain, we had a wish list to make the search a little easier. The house had to be typical Spanish townhouse yet be comfortable to live in during the extremes of the summer and winter and neither of us wanted it to require too much maintenance throughout the year. Even more important was to find the best location.
Until around two decades ago the Axarquía region of Andalucía was little known. Then, northern European expatriates discovered the pretty hilltop village of Cómpeta, started buying up some of the run-down 'fincas' and farmhouses in the area and putting it on the map.Today, rural tourism comprises a large part of the local economy. However, the area is still breathtakingly beautiful and has not been spoilt by the interest and influx of foreigners.