Calle del Laberinto 27, Competa, Malaga is a three storey village house in the old part of the village. It is interlocked with its neighbours as a result of its having been added to over the centuries. It is about two minutes walk from the main square.
It has been modernised without loss of character and enjoys the normal facilities of mains electricity, water, main sewer and daily rubbish collection. It has been our holiday home since we bought it in 1985 and is still in use as such.
The accommodation offered consists of two bedrooms, a main dining/sitting, kitchen, shower-room, further living room on the second floor and two roof terraces. A large entrance hall could also be used as a living room, this would have been its original use and is still traditional amongst the villagers. The second floor bedroom has two single beds which can be put together if wished. The main first floor bedroom has a double bed, it is accessed through the main sitting/dining room. This room is equipped with a double sofa bed thus offering the possibility of a third bedroom.
The two terraces offer a choice between sun and shade. The upper terrace is accessed by an external staircase from the lower terrace.
Stairgates have been fitted so that very young children can play safely on either of the two floors which are normally occupied without fear of their falling down the stairs.
The kitchen is equipped with a fridge and gas cooker with oven. Full hot and cold water are plumbed to the kitchen and shower room. Water heating is by electricity. Cooking and space heating are by Calor Gas. There is an automatic washer and dishwasher. Bedding and towels are supplied for the use of tenants although we ask that they leave these clean if possible on their departure. Tenants are expected to replace and pay for exchange butane gas cylinders should they become empty during their stay (approx. cost fifteen Euros). The most convenient depot for this is the petrol station just outside the village on the road to the coast. A trolley is provided to carry cylinders up the stepped street from the car. Delivery can be arranged, but this may require waiting in.
There is a TV (Spanish terrestrial reception only) with DVD/VHS player. An excellent range of DVDs (in English) is available for hire in the village. There are some in a drawer in the living room of the house. There is also a small CD playing hifi system with Bluetooth.
Wifi is available at modest cost. The tenant has to buy a permit from Competa Internet, which is next to the restaurant El Pilon near the bottom of Calle Laberinto. The permits are for a given period between one and thirty days.
Although the neighbour cleans the house before occupation, tenants are asked to leave the house tidy and ready for cleaning.
The village is built on a steep hill, and as a result the terraces enjoy views over the village and surrounding hills, and in the distance, the sea. In exceptional conditions it is possible to see mountains in North Africa. Calle del Laberinto, like most of the streets in the older part of the village, is labyrinthine and too narrow for cars, this contributes to the tranquil atmosphere. Car parking is available nearby. A full range of shops, including banks, is available within two minutes walk.
Much of the charm of the older part of the village is a consequence of its being built on a steep hill. If you suffer from difficulties walking on steep inclines, we recommend you discuss this with us before making a booking.