Superb Villa Chile in Malaga Province Spain
Superb Villa Chile in Malaga Province Spain
Euroresales Property ID – 9824787
Video of this beautiful property at bottom of description.
Overlooking the white washed village of Competa some 14kms inland with breath taking views of
The Med and the Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges sits the unique Villa Chile complex.
This superbly located property within 10 minutes walking distance of Competa,
can immediately be used as a business with its 2 fully furnished and self-contained....
2 bedroomed apartment and cortejo whilst still providing personal accommodation for the owner.
The previous user as a bar and restaurant can very easily be re-established plus a small garden centre utilising the substantial private water supply.
This property has enormous business potential and needs to be viewed to fully take on board the opportunities it offers whilst also offering a substantial private residence.
Villa Chile was built by a successful local businessman in the late 1960's on an elevated ridge site overlooking the very vibrant small white washed town of Competa and is a well known local feature.
This truly superb location gives Villa Chile both a commanding view looking down the valleys to the Med. plus a back drop of the majestic Sierra Amijora mountain range; and is only an hour's drive from Malaga Airport.
The complex constructed on a raised bed rock is accessed by a cement driveway leading to a large car park, a wide double fronted stairway leads you to a substantial house bordered by wide extensive tiled terracing attractively decked out with raised flower beds. The secluded pool is again elevated and provides stunning views over Competa and the national park beyond.
The complex comes with an additional aged cortejo, which whilst having been updated retains its old world charm. The buildings are set in their own grounds which have been terraced and laid out with mature olive and almond trees and vines; plus a number of different fruit trees including figs, oranges, apples, peach and walnut. The land has the benefit of a laid out watering system.
The present owner acquired the property in 1990 and after extensive renovations Villa Chile became a first class restaurant and bar residential accommodation attracting its' clientele from not only the immediate area, but also from the coast and as far away as Mijas and Marbella.
In the past, Villa Chile has been particularly popular for large functions with its spectacular back drop and offering both indoor and outdoor dining facilities.
At a later date, the existing business added a small garden centre by converting the cortejo's drying beds into a tiered terraced area together with the benefit of its own substantial private water supply.
The owner decided some years ago to retire the businesses and now uses Villa Chile purely for residential purposes but retaining the bar area; utility rooms and cloakroom facilities. Villa Chile's size and truly superb location lends itself to once again being used as a business; its many charms and possibilities must make it one of the most sought after properties in the Competa area.
Villa Chile lends itself to any number of uses including:
- boutique hotel
- events centre
- garden centre
- combination of uses
Competa's unique charm and being located on the wine and olive routes makes it a destination point; coupled with the fact that its population has grown extensively over the last ten years and now comprises some 40% foreigners who have brought their own activities, cultures, traditions and way of life, giving Competa a truly cosmopolitan air.
In a land much larger than England or Holland, with an easy-going way of life and some of the highest peaks in Spain, Andalucia satisfies the cultural appetites of many visitors.
The Mediterranean cradles the whole Andalucian region with its soothing climate. Andalucia's sun, blue skies, rural peacefulness and sandy beaches are the perfect complement to its unruffled siesta lifestyle and Mediterranean diet. It's Spain at its most relaxed.
In Andalucia there is something for everyone and every occasion please take a look below at some of the most popular activities and adventures on Competa's doorstep.
Trailblazers Pro - Competa
Check out this local company for “Off-Road” trail bike adventure motor-cycling and ask for Liz Ross. Enjoy a unique opportunity to combine riding with friends or family staying at VillaChile.
Salamandra Adventure Holidays - Competa
Salamandra multi-aventura are located in the center of Competa and offer the following activities; bike rides (rent a bike), caving, potholing, hiking, kayaking adventures,4x4 jeep trails,rock climbing, and canyoning. Everyone meets in Competa and are then driven to the relevant places to start their adventures.
John Keo Walking Tours
Making good walks great walks! "Walking for pleasure, hiking for health" is the ethos of John Keo's hiking and walking holidays.
John's tours are planned around the fitness level of his groups and are fully licenced and insured with the Andalusian Government.
Bugy Tours - Nerja Adventures - Competa
Join us at Buggy Tours and enjoy an adventurous ride through beautiful Axarquía, its mountains and coastal roads. All you need is your driving licence -drivers from 21 years. Ideal for: bachelor parties, birthdays, Company parties, gift vouchers etc., or just a day off, a real adrenaline boost!
Nerja Beach Guide
Nerja is the ideal place for a family beach holiday and not least because it has no fewer than 10 beaches - Burriana, Calahonda, Carabeillo,Carabeo, El Chucho, El Playazo,El Salon, La Caletilla, Maro and Torrecilla. Two of these - Burriana and Torrecilla - have been awarded the European Union's prestigious Blue Flag award.
A Guide to the Nerja Caves – Cuevas de Nerja
A trip to Andalucía would not be complete without a visit to the magnificent Nerja Caves, one of Spain’s most popular and spectacular historical sites. The caves are a series of huge underground caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and are home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base.
A guide to the Black Frog Divers in Torrox
Black Frog Divers are the friendliest scuba diving business on the Costa del and is based in Torrox. The dive centre is run by two PADI Professionals, Sara and Marcin, who are extremely knowledgeable about all things scuba diving.
They run an efficient PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, providing PADI certified scuba diving courses and accompanied snorkeling and scuba dives along the coastline of the Costa del Sol. Their dives are easy access beach dives, with close shallow reefs and dive sites for snorkeling and scuba dives. They also access deeper dive sites by boat with their partners in the area.
In the Mediterranean coastline of Malaga, there is an abundance of sea life, ranging from amazing colourful coral, mola-mola, fish, octopus, anemones and more.
Andale Horse Riding & Livery centre Nerja
Nerja’s most exciting Horse Riding Stables! Andale offers a wide range of horse riding activities which can be tailored to suit your requirements. Whether you are a complete beginner and want to experience horse riding for the first time, or an experienced rider looking for a more challenging ride across the Almijara hills of Andalucia, a qualified Instructor will be able to provide the perfect ride for you.
There are numerous golf courses within easy reach of Villa Chile.
The nearest is Baviera Golf at La Caleta which is a short drive of only 17 km from Villa Chile. Price is approximately £30 for 18 holes.
Educare Aventura offers exciting excursions in Kayak or Paddle Surfing through the cliffs of Nerja-Maro, Barranco descent (Canyons) of the Green River. There are many excursions to choose from, which range from snorkelling, canoeing, paddle surfing, guided cave tours, kayaking and much more.
Sierra Nevada - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
The Spanish ski resort of Sierra Nevada is only two hours drive from Villa Chile. Visitors have direct access to 79 individual pistes, served by 24 ski lifts. The resort itself is above 1500 meter, so skiing or snow boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding are assured throughout the season.
Alhambra Palace - Granada
The Alhambra Palace was originally constructed as a fortress in 889. Some 450 years later in 1333 it was converted into a royal palace by the Sultan of Granada.
The Alhambra is now classifies as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Parque de las Ciencias (Science Museum) in Granada
Granada is 130 miles or 209 kilometres away. It is a relaxing 2 and half hour drive from Villa Chile depending on traffic flows.
The city is home to the Parque de las Ciencias (Science Museum) which is a great place to take your family for a fun day out.
So many interesting things to see and do - specifically the 270 different interactive activities which kids love.
Must see activities are the Tropical Butterfly House, the Planetarium the Observation Tower and the Astronomy Garden.
The Andalucia Bird Society - Malaga
The Andalucia Bird Society extends a very warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia, in fact it is a great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding in Southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then open a free forum which allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information.
Tivoli World Theme Park - Malaga
Tivoli World is probably the largest amusement park on the Costa del Sol with around 40 rides for all ages. It is located in Benalmadena, only 35 minutes away from Marbella. The park is surrounded by beautiful fountains and gardens, where your family can enjoy classical rides, together with modern ingenious last generation rides. Each family member will experience their own adventure.
At Tivoli World there is something for every member of your family with shows and performances running throughout the day; varying from a mini discos and magic shows to fantastic, stunning flamenco shows and many restaurants to suit everyone's taste.
Tivoli World also has a large Theatre where Spanish Pop stars and celebrities perform frequently. Past shows have included Los Lunnis (Spain equivalent to the Tweenies), Maria Isabel (previous Childrens Eurovision entry) and Andy and Lucus.
Crocodile Park Costa in Torremolinos
Crocodile Park Costa Situated in Torremolinos which is just south of Malaga - a drive of approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Villa Chile. The Park features; 300 crocodiles, and 12 different species; a crocodile museum; a mini zoo; a playground; demonstrations and the most popular attraction of them all "Big Daddy" - at 600 kilograms and 4.6 metres long, he is the largest crocodile in Europe.
You can see all this from a distance of less than 2 metres. You can wonder at their gigantic size by silently walking beside them and observing the secrets of one of the most fascinating creatures of our world.
The Official Dolphin Safari Gibraltar - The Blue boat
There are three regular species of dolphin in Gibraltar and they are all 100% wild and free. The dolphins in the photos are the dolphins that are seen most often. Although called the Common dolphin, this species is far from it. They have amazing markings, which include dark brown back and dorsal fins that go down to points on each side with pale yellow patches at their fronts in the shape of hour glasses.
Beaches & Coast Venues
Any number of beaches can be reached within 30 minutes drive of Villa Chile including Nerja, Torrox, Maro, Torre del Mar.
Nerja has 10 beaches with a selection of beach bars, restaurants and excellent shopping.
Painting for pleasure can become a very addictive pastime, and that's aside from the social side of classes, workshops, exhibitions, art societies etc in and around Competa.
The clear air, stunning views, uniquely Spanish buildings and the Spanish people make Competa an artist’s paradise.
It is still possible to see farmers walking their mules out to their almond and olive groves in the early morning; or droving their goat herds along winding roads looking for new foraging places on the hill sides.
Activities on offer include all types of outdoor sports such as:
- Canoeing and paddling
- horse riding
- mountain biking
Competa also has a flourishing artistic side hosting an annual Arts Fest. as well as a plethora of social activities for those interested in choral singing, dancing, music and fiestas
There are any number of clubs and classes covering such subjects as cooking, gardening, pottery, sculpture and wine to name but a few!
Competa Nature Walks:
Competa Nature Walks are some of the most popular things to when visiting the Competa region. The National Park, the Sierras Almijara and the Tejeda all rise directly behind the village and offer a huge variety of walking routes.
The summer weather in Competa is very hot, so an active walking holiday during summer is not recommended as the best time to chose for a walking holiday. During autumn, winter and spring the weather is usually 10-15 degrees centigrade higher than the UK and these are the best months for a walking holiday in this area.
Walking guides for the Competa areaa
There are 25 walks in and around Competa and Canillas de Albaida. All have been documented and written in English by Albert and Dini Kraaijenzank. The publication is on sale in many shops in Competa village. Whilst this book has many useful tips about walking in Competa, unfortunately the accompanying maps are not reliable.
Here's a list of some of the more popular walks in Competa
- Archez (330 meters)
- Canillas de Aceituno (630 meters)
- Canillas de Albaida (640 meters)
- Competa-Observation hut (1139 meters)
- Fabrica de Luz-Competa (7 hours)
- La Maroma (2067 meters)
- Trial walk Competa (640 meters)
- Rio Torrox (430 meters)
- Salares (610 meter)
Walk of the three white villages - Competa, Archez and Canillas de Albaida and places to see en route
Cómpeta –16th century La Asunción church, climb the tower, and admire the vistas across the Axarquia as far as Gibraltar and north Africa on a clear day.
Visit the wine museum with its wide range of local produce, and the grape press in Plaza Vendimia, where grape treading takes place during the Noche del Vino (not en route, but worth a visit).
Archez – like so many villages in the Axarquia area, Archez is typically Arabic in its design. Visit the magnificent minaret of the former mosque with its diamond patterned (sebka) material and tiling.
Canillas de Albaida – see the Roman bridge below the village; the 16th century parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación in the main square and the two shrines; the 16th century Santa Ana; and the 17th century San Antón.
Along the route you will see way marker posts installed by the town hall with the intention of providing a marked walking trail, together with interpretive boards giving walkers information about the area.
Starting from the picturesque Plaza Almijara in the centre of Cómpeta, head down La Rampa, turn right at the bottom and pass the Museo del Vino on your right. Bear left and pass the post office (a car park with a warehouse-style building) on your left and the florists on your right, continue until you reach the Cómpeta to Canillas de Albaida road.
Turn right, and walk a short distance along the road to the Bodega Jarel, turn left and follow the track which goes almost parallel with the road for a few metres before dropping down into the valley. Ignore track going off to the right to Finca Maroma and pass the entrance to Casa Cantalejo to the right of the track, and then past Casa Clarissa. Just past a large green water tank that can be seen down to the right of the path you come to a 4 way junction. Just here there is a sign “Camino de Archez” pointing you in the right direction.
There are some nice fincas along this route and you’ll no doubt encounter a campesino or two who wants to invite you in for a glass of sweet potent vino. Keep to the main track and don’t deviate off to the right until you come to a four way track.
Turn right steeply downhill on a new track, there is a handwritten sign on the fence opposite to Camino de Archez and there may be a chain across the track to stop motor vehicles. Continue downhill to a sharp right hand hairpin bend in the track. Ahead is a wire fence with concrete posts and some rather rusty electricity pylons.
There is a second handwritten sign for Camino de Archez that you follow off the track onto a quite badly eroded footpath which follows the line of the fence downhill. You can see Archez in the valley below, follow the new path past a farmhouse with a white walled threshing area, continue on along the path until it meets a road. Follow the track down again until you come to the Sayalonga to Archez road. Turn right on to the road.
You then have two options of the route you would like to take to Canillas de Albaida, but while you are pondering, why not relax and smell the roses in one of the friendly bars in the village.
The first option takes you behind Bar Archez overlooking the gorge and past the town hall. Follow the road upwards past the interesting shell-shaped houses. When you arrive at the top of the hill, bear right, and visit the shrine Santa Ana. Continue up the hill and you will see Bar Cerezo on your left – a very friendly bar which is popular with the locals, and serves excellent vino de terreno and tapas.
The second option is to bear left on to the Corumbela road – stop off at Bar El Curro which serves excellent tapas – then bear right up the long hill. The views along the road are fantastic and you can look down on Archez and see its layout and the minaret from a different angle. When you reach the top, turn right and follow the road towards Canillas de Albaida.
Pass Finca Cerillo on the right, and as you start to descend into the valley, you will see a track off to the right with a post marking the spot. Turn right and follow the goat track down into the valley.
Pass Finca Cerillo on the right, and as you start to descend into the valley, you will see a track off to the right with a post marking the spot. Turn right and follow the goat track down into the valley.
You will come to the Roman bridge which is a nice place for a picnic, then climb up to the road. You then have the option of going along the road which winds up to the village, or following the track straight ahead. Either way you will arrive in Canillas de Albaida, and a welcome stop at Bar Cerezos.
Leaving the bar, climb up the slope to the Cómpeta road, turn right, and follow the road back to Cómpeta.
About a mile from the village, just past the turning up to the quarry and the riding stables, there is a track to the left. It is a lovely winding track and the views to the coast are stupendous. By following this track, you will arrive in Cómpeta near the Balcón de Europa. Pass the Balcón on your right and take the left fork along Calle San Antonio.
You will then arrive back in the Plaza Almijara where you can enjoy a well deserved drink and tapas. There are a number of options for routes back to Cómpeta from Canillas de Albaida, and these should be clearly sign posted.
Rules of the Sierras Mountains
- 1. From May through to October it rarely rains so everything is very dry - please, never make a fire in the National Park and never throw away cigarette ends during your walks.
- 2. Always take plenty of drinking water and sun protection - including a sensible sun hat/cap.
- 3. Always wear long trousers and good quality walking shoes.
- 4. The weather in the mountains can change very quickly/abruptly, so don’t walk alone, especially not on the higher walks.
- 5. Always take a fully charged mobile phone, a reliable map of the walk you have chosen, and extra waterproof/warm clothing with you.
- 6. The emergency number to call is 112
On most walks you can enjoy some truly unforgettable/spectacular views. When the weather is clear, you can look south see as far as the Atlas mountains of Morocco, as far south as Gibraltar, as well as Sierra Nevada in the east.
Until about a decade ago the Axarquía region of Andalucía was little known. Then, northern European expatriates started to notice the pretty little villages throughout the region. They started buying up and renovating some of the run-down 'fincas' and farmhouses and really put the area on the map.
Today, rural tourism comprises a pretty large part of the local economy. However, the area still remains breathtakingly beautiful and has not been spoilt by the influx and interest of foreigners.
The main attractions are the area's spectacular hill and mountain scenery, its unspoilt, white washed villages and the strong sweet wine that's made from sun drenched grapes which are grown in abundance everywhere.
There are 5 mapped Scenic Routes in Axarquía, each takes in a series of villages and scenery connected by an agricultural or architectual theme. At the bottom of this page we have charted the routes for you which you can see at a glance.
The Mudejar Route is 75 kilometres long, entirely inland. It traverses the municipalities of Arenas, Archez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno, each within the foothills of the Almijara and Tejada Sierras. All are small towns and villages with Moorish and Mudejar remains in good repair.
Mudejar architecture is the name given to Muslim architecture developed by Muslims in Christian areas (as opposed to Mozarabic architecture which was developed by Christians in Moorish areas). Some Mudejar buildings are indistinguishable from Muslim buildings but they did evolve distinguishing features of their own.
One was the use of brick for many churches and mansions. Another was extravagantly decorated timber ceilings, often ornately carved. Mudejar style is often found side by side with Christian Gothic in the same building.
Arenas is the starting point of the route and is found 10 kilometres from Velez-Malaga surrounded by countryside containing olives, almonds and vines.
Mudejar tower at Corumbela The road between Arenas and Archez runs via the two small villages of Daimalos and Corumbela, each of which have church towers that were formerly mosque minarets. Daimalos also has a Moorish fountain.
Travelling through green mountain foothills for 7 kilometres, the next stop of the route is Salares. After this stop a short distance of 4 kilometres takes the route to Sedella. The River Rubite, a tributary of the River Velez, runs through this area, as do numerous mountain springs and streams.
The last stop on the Mudejar Route is a further 8 kilometres from Sedella at Canillas de Aceituno. The route passes through the Rahiges Nature Reserve and past a spring and waterfall on the right hand side of the road where bathing is possible and barbeque and picnic areas are provided.
Although there are no further official stops on this route, the road back down to Velez-Malaga from Canillas de Aceituno is an enjoyable ride with spectactular views over mountains, valleys and Lake Vinuela.
Route of the Sun and Wine
The Route of Sun and Wine is 55 kilometres long, running through the eastern area of Axarquia. It passes both inland and along a stretch of coastline. It traverses the municipalities of Algarrobo, Sayalonga, Competa, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Frigiliana and Nerja.
The route includes important tourist resorts at Nerja, Torrox Costa and Algarrobo Costa. The inland villages lie within the foothills of the Sierra Almijara mountain range and have retained much of their original Moorish structure. The main agricultural product in the areas surrounding these villages is the grape, from which many very good wines are produced.
Algarrobo is the starting point of the Route of Sun and Wine. It is found 5 kilometres to the east of Torre del Mar, along the coastal road N-340, and then 4 kilometres inland. The next stop is a further 5 kilometres on at Sayalonga.
The same road takes us another 9 kilometres until reaching Competa. After this stop a short distance of 3 kilometres takes the route to Canillas de Albaida.
To reach the next village on the route we return to Competa and take the road for Torrox which is 15 kilometres on. From Torrox Costa the route follows the coastal N-340 in an easterly direction.
Two watchtowers built in the 16th century for defense over the beaches are found here; the Torre del Morche and the Torre de Calaceite.
The fortress of Castle Bago previously stood between these two towers.
After 8 kilometres of following a coastline of cliffs to the left and coves, rocks and small beaches to the right,
just before reaching Nerja, a road to the left leads 6 kilometres to Frigiliana.
Two more watchtowers are seen on the coast road before turning off to Frigiliana; these are the Torre Macaca and the Torrecilla.
The last stop on the Route of Sun and Wine is reached by retracing the road from Frigiliana down to Nerja.
Route of the Raison
The Route of the Raisin is 62.5 kilometres long, taking in villages and regions of the south-western area of Axarquia through the foothills of the Montes de Malaga.
It traverses the municipalities of Totalan, Comares, Cutar, El Borge, Almachar and Moclinejo. All are small towns and villages with Moorish remains and ambience.
The chief crop is the vine from which the grapes are used to make sun-dried raisins and quality muscatel wine. The landscape is dotted with drying fruit beds.
The route begins in La Cala, an area of Rincon de la Victoria, on the coast and leads, after 9 kilometres, to the first stop at Totalan.
The landscape is lowland with soft rolling hills filled with bushes, shrubs, vineyards and almond trees.
After 7 kilometres, the road from Totalan leads through Olias where there is a 16th century church of Sant Vicente Ferrer. Ascending for 20 kilometres, the road passes the peak of Mount Santopitar which has an altitude of 1,020 metres and has beautiful views over the Bay of Malaga and Axarquia, past the ruins of Masmullar to reach Comares.
After 7 kilometres from Comares there is a T-junction at the hamlet of La Zubia. Riogordo is in the direction to the left and north on the Route of Oil and Mountains. To follow the Route of the Raisin we travel right and south through Benamargosa, which is part of the Route of Sun and Avocado, through countryside characterised by gullies and hillocks to Cutar which is 17 kilometres fom Comares.
The next stop on the route is a further 5 kilometres where El Borge is found. Another 2 kilometres brings us to Almachar.
The landscape between the two villages is one of gentle slopes covered in vines and fincas with drying beds.
The last stop on the Route of the Raisin is a further 8 kilometres of rolling hillsides from Almachar to Moclinejo.
From here it is a further 11 kilometres to reach the coast and Rincon de la Victoria.
Local Markets of Andalucia
Markets (mercados) are a common sight in towns and villages throughout Andalucía, and are an essential part of Spanish life, They are colourful, noisy and entertaining and an experience not to be missed, whether you plan to buy anything or not. Markets thrive throughout the province and are the centre of life in towns and villages. Those within easy distance of Villa Chile are marked with a star. The others are some distance away, but if markets are your passion then they are well worth the drive
Each village hosts a lively street market at least once, sometimes twice a week. Some also have a regular flea market, car boot sale, antique or art market.
Most street markets have a variety of stalls where you can find local fresh produce including fruit, vegetables, olives, nuts, herbs, plants and flowers. Plus a variety of handicraft stalls which sell pottery and jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, and a host of other imaginative products unique to country life in Southern Spain.
You will also find clothes from all over the world, shoes, watches, sunglasses, handbags, suitcases, kitchenware, CDs, furniture, pictures, linen, blankets, towels, underwear, swimwear and all kinds of seasonal items.
Almost always, street markets and covered markets run in the mornings from 9.00 or 10.00h to 14.00h, however in the summer and during fiestas, many coastal towns have night markets that open at dusk and stay open until 2.00am
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