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The Spanish group of the East Antrim University of the Third Age went to Competa, near Malaga, from 14-28 April 2018. There were a variety of events and activities. A trip to the local vineyard, a guided tour of the village, lunch with the U3A Axarquia in Velez Malaga, a walk to Canillas de Albaida… a lovely little village about 4 miles from Competa.
I am Tina Irving, the ex convenor for the Spanish group in the local U3A in Carrickfergus, and led the visit. I have spent over 30 years in Spain on and off, going to Madrid University in 1995/96 to study Spanish as part of my degree in Spanish and IT at London South Bank University. I first went to Competa, a small village in the foothills of the Almijaras… great walking country….. Competa is now a thriving town with shops, restaurants, a very nice hotel, B&Bs, banks, a town hall. Competa is at the apex of the road from the coast roads from Algarrobo Costa and Torrox.
I bought my first house in Competa in the “campo” in 1986. It was an old finca which I renovated over 15 years and then sold. I also had a town house which I also renovated and sold. In 2005 I bought an old house in Canillas de Albaida near Competa and started to renovate… then came the financial crash of 2008 and eventually the project was sold to a local estate agent who has finished and sold it. It looks beautiful!