Cómpeta is situated in the heart of the Axarquia, a region to the east of Malaga, 18km inland from the Costa del Sol in Andalucia. About 50 km and just one hour from Malaga Airport along the coastal motorway and then inland via the well maintained mountain roads.
The white village of Cómpeta sits at 650 metres against a backdrop of rich landscape rising to the great height of the Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges (peaking at La Maroma at 2,080 metres) and then stretches out to the Mediterranean over a hilly countryside covered with grapevines that yield its famous wine, and with olive, almond and citrus groves and avocado plantations.
Cómpeta is surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Almijara Parque Natural, a wildlife reserve where you can walk in peace and tranquillity along ancient tracks amongst pine trees and wild flowers with perhaps the occasional glimpse of mountain goats and eagles. Apart from the wonderful nature that surrounds Cómpeta, you will be impressed by the village itself.
There is a lot to do in and around Competa with many good bars and restaurants and regular music events throughout the year. The town hall provides free Spanish language classes, there are various exercise classes including zumba, pilates and yoga, and a local gym. There is a modern indoor swimming pool, sports centre, tennis and padel courts, and a superb golf course on the coast. Nursery, primary and secondary schools enable foreign children of all ages to integrate with their new Spanish friends.
Amongst the population of around 4,000 inhabitants in the village and surrounding countryside, the townhall reports more than 35 nationalities all living in harmony in an area that remains very Spanish and retains all local traditions.
Like most Spanish villagers, the Competeños know how to party and there are many fiestas and celebrations throughout the year, the most famous of which is ‘La Noche del Vino’, a festival of national importance. 2015 was the 40th annual celebration of the local grape harvest which involves much partying, sampling the complimentary wine and food, and enjoying a superb flamenco show. Take a look at my blog post here to get an idea of what’s involved.
The local shops sell everything needed for day to day living, with a lively Saturday street market, several small supermarkets, a fish monger, bakeries, furniture, domestic appliances and building supplies and even a tasteful homeware boutique. So although many people drive to the bigger stores on the coast from time to time, there is really no need to do this.
The coast is only a 30 minute drive on well maintained roads so it is easy to take a trip to the beach for the day, but lovely to leave the hustle and bustle behind at the end the day. The Sierra Nevada mountains can be reached in less than two hours so it is possible to visit the slopes for a day of skiing.
The region has an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, even in the winter it can resemble some of the best summer days that can be found in northern Europe. July and August can be hot, but being 650 meters above sea level, it is often cooled by mountain breezes. The annual rainfall here is low but the mountain streams flow throughout the year.
Malaga city is fast becoming a trendy travel destination and is very much written about in the travel press right now. There is so much to do –
- visit the museums of – Picasso, Carmen Thyssen, Automobile, Flamenco Art, Marine museum, Museum of Crystal and Glass, Museum of Wine, and many more
- explore the Alcazaba
- visit the cathedral
- take a gourmet tapas tour
- Stroll around the botanical gardens
- chill out in the park
- Promenade around the marina and take a trip out to sea on one of the pleasure boats
- relax in a café and watch the world go by
- amble around the shops and bars of the old quarter
- and so much more
Video showing the beautiful mountain range which forms Cómpeta’s stunning backdrop
Short video showing typical scenes from the streets of Cómpeta