Cómpeta is a town and municipality in the comarca of Axarquía, and province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is situated approximately 18 kilometres from the coast (Costa del Sol), and 52 kilometres from Málaga, the provincial capital. It is situated at 638 metres above sea level in the foothills of La Maroma (the highest peak of the Sierra Tejeda). The population is spread over the southern slopes of the Sierra de Almijara.
Cómpeta has a population of approximately 4,000 residents and the natives are called competeños.
Hills covered with vines and beautiful mountain landscapes welcome the traveler arriving in Competa, famous for its acclaimed wine. This product is celebrated every August with a magical night that has become a must-attend summer event.
A white village of Axarquía, with beautiful traditional architecture and ancient customs, Cómpeta is nicknamed ‘Cornice of the Costa del Sol’ for its privileged location. Its territory spans the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park, with its extraordinary landscape heritage.
In the Village
Walking along Paseo de las Tradiciones, Cómpeta you will see mosaics depicting the ingrained habits of this inland Malaga town. The street reaches Plaza Almijara with its nineteenth century facades and its typically Andalusian fountain.
Also worth visiting are the Museum of Arts and Traditions, installed in a former nineteenth century barracks, the Molino de Hadriano museum, the hanging houses, the wine press at Plaza de la Vandimia and the wineries of this traditional winemaking village.
The most emblematic monument of Cómpeta is the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church, built in the sixteenth century. Known as the ‘Cathedral of Axarquía’, it has three naves separated by segmental arches and a tower in the New Mudéjar style. Inside the temple the altar fresco, depicting the assumption of the Virgin Mary is noteworthy.
In the oldest part of town is the chapel of St Sebastian, which houses the image of the patron saint of Cómpeta.
Another sign of religious art of the town is the chapel of San Antón Abad Extramuros. It is an eighteenth-century shrine with a careful altarpiece that holds one of the Cómpeta”s most popular Holy Week carvings: “Borriquita”.
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