Cómpeta Rocks

Last night (Friday 8 August) saw the return of Cómpeta Rocks, a very successful musical extravaganza in support of two local charities. Last year’s inaugural event raised over 1,800 euros which was shared by cancer hospice CUDECA and animal charity Axarquia Animal Rescue.

Hosted jointly in a charming courtyard setting by Bar Fernan and El Recreo, the event kicked off at 7pm with live musical entertainment, right through until about 12:30 am. There were African drummers, the delightful and talented Ella, an eclectic set from the ‘Booze Brothers’, our friends ‘MPG’ who just get better and better, and finally my favourite rock band ‘Guiri’ rounded off the evening. All artists donated their services to the cause.

I hadn’t previously been inside the new bar ‘El Recreo’ and I climbed to the roof terrace to be rewarded with some lovely views down onto the revellers, and in the other direction past the church tower towards the main square Plaza Almijara.


There was an almost full moon rising at the same time as the sun was creating a splash of colour as it sunk behind the mountains.


Meanwhile our taste buds were treated to a grand buffet which would have been acceptable at the finest occasion, all prepared by a team of hard working volunteers. There wasn’t much food left on the plates at the end of the meal! A few lucky guests won some fabulous raffle prizes, including a half day cruise.

Those of us attending from the outset paid a mere 15 euros for our tickets, including the food and a welcome drink. But at 9pm the doors were opened to one and all for a small charge of 3 euros and the crowd swelled to fill the space. The atmosphere was superb, with a great party vibe and with much dancing.


As darkness fell, the views became more dramatic and the beautiful church tower shone bright against the black sky. A fitting end to a excellent evening. I can’t imagine that an event could have been better organised. Well done to all involved – thank you!


About magwood

Trepidatious Traveller - camino blog is about preparing for and walking the Camino de Santiago. Many future pilgrims have found the blog useful and inspiring, and many who have no plans to walk the camino have simply enjoyed the dialogue http://www.magwood.me
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25 Responses to Cómpeta Rocks

  1. Terry & Jenny Jones says:

    I couldn’t agree more Maggie, an absolutely brilliant evening thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many many thanks to all involved in the organization and execution, it takes an enormous amount of planning to have an event like this run smoothly,special thanks must go to Debbie and Sue for all their hard work, let’s hope that it can happen again next year.


  2. Marianne says:

    Sounds like you all have great fun and for a good cause. I’ll try and get to it next year!


  3. Janice Tyler says:

    I just loved the whole evening and it was good to see you and David up dancing too!


  4. This is the type of community involvement we should all have. This looks lovely. Especially looking down, this give a wonder view. Your pictures are lovely as are you and your main squeeze. Nothing like music and dancing at night and outside. 🙂


  5. Keith says:

    Nice write up Maggie and lovely picture. It was a wonderful evening


  6. Tony Pulle says:

    Thanks for your Blog, I enjoyed reading the ‘camino’ news. The party photos are excellent, all are surely having a good time. I am looking forward to next year.
    Tony Pulle


  7. Another Competa Rocks I’ve missed. For the first one last year I was in Hospital. This year I was not sure I’d be strong enough to go and then the tickrts sold out!!! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend next year whether that be in person or looking down on everyone LOL.

    Well done to all organisers, keep up the good work.

    Fab pics as always Maggie, love the one of you and David together, xx


  8. Wendy Kate says:

    Sounds great! Lovely pictures 🙂


  9. Jayne Cooper says:

    A great read Maggie! And a particularly lovely photo of you and David!


  10. Debi Bond says:

    Thanks Maggie for a great write up, it seems that Sue and I will not escape doing the whole thing again next year …. just do not tell our husbands just yet!!


  11. cindy jones says:

    Once again Maggie, you have written a superb blog on a great evening, capturing everything that went on. Yes, it was great and here’s (dare I say it?) to next year. I really didn’t think that this year could better last years but I personally believe it did. Well done to Debi and Sue and the fantastic team of volunteers. Cindy


  12. Corinne Fisher says:

    Jan Powell had sent me this link for which I am very grateful. What memories your writings and photos bring back. We lived halfway up the hill going from Arches to Sedella just up from Arches. Finca Rustica. We were there for around 10 years and before that had a house in Cómpeta village so every photo is packed with memories. Thanks!


    • magwood says:

      Hi Corinne, lovely to hear from you. How long since you left the area? I’m vey glad to stir a few memories for you – I expect,they are all good!


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