Calm or adrenaline filled activities and everything in between!
Competa has so much to offer!
Why Competa, why Andalucia?
We would love to show you all the wonderful things to do in Competa, but first let us tell you a little about it and Andalucia as a holiday destination!
Andalucía is famous for many things. Delectable cuisine, diverse culture, picturesque villages and magnificent, striking and varied natural scenery. It has a passionate history and the passion lives on and is best told through Flamenco. The Andalusians love a fiesta (big party) and it’s no surprise that so many holidaymakers are drawn to this fabulous region on Spain’s south-eastern coast.
Competa is a beautiful Andalusian village set within the stunning mountain range of Sierra Almijara. Its inhabitants are known as Cómpetenos. It is at an altitude of 640m above sea level which provide stunning views of the mountains, countryside and Mediterranean sea. It has a population of approximately 4000.
The village with its Moorish roots sits on the mountainside, on the edge of the natural park with amazing views. The pretty whitewashed houses line the winding, labyrinth-like narrow cobbled streets. It has the most beautiful squares, in the heart of the village, each one a perfect relaxation spot. The charming Plaza Almijara main square is the centre of village life and there is always something going on. The coast stretches for miles, offering wide stretches of sand or secluded coves. The nearest beach is 25 minutes away.
With the delightful pueblo surrounded by mountains there is always an opportunity to experience all aspects of Andalusia. It is surrounded by many white villages and is perhaps one of the most active of them all. With its wealth of bars and restaurants which unlike many others is open year round , you can visit at any time of year!
Why visitors love Competa!
The village is wonderfully positioned beside a 4,000-hectare wildlife reserve. The reserve incorporates the Sierra Almijara range. The area is particularly popular with wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. They come to marvel at the eagles that roam the skies. It is equally popular with walkers and cycling enthusiasts. Whether you are an avid walker or new to this hobby, you will find routes that range from easy to difficult. We can help with arranging guides. Take a look at our walking in Competa blog here for more information blog
Furthermore, the area is popular with photographers. Be it the flora and fauna found on the mountainside or the beautiful views. Sunsets are quite simply amazing! The mountain vista is beautiful from dawn to dusk. In the pueblo, there are many beautiful buildings and features to photograph. Have a look at our Facebook or Instagram accounts for inspiration.
Last but not least, sun worshippers come to Competa for the climate and foodies love the many restaurants and bars.
Everyone enjoys the warm welcome of this lively pueblo!
The Competa climate
Fortunately, Competa enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate of hot summers and generally warm winters.
Actually it has an average of 300 days of sun a year and an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. The proximity to the sea gives cooling breezes in the summertime. Though it is worth noting that it can be much cooler at night in Andalucia in the winter. Many Spanish houses are built to keep cool but do not provide heating in the cooler months and they can be very chilly. All of our houses offer heating throughout.
Cómpeta is also close enough to spend a day skiing in the Sierra Nevada. So is perfect for mixed parties when not all members want to ski!
Where is competa?
The village is located 18 kilometres North of the coastline of Algarrobo Costa. It is about 49 kilometres from the centre of Malaga, with Málaga (AGP) Airport about an hour’s drive away. Granada (GRX) Airport is accessible but a little further away.
You can of course drive to Cómpeta, but once you arrive you don’t need a car if you prefer to stay in the town and walk to the neighbouring villages. So you can get to Cómpeta by train and bus or taxi from Málaga Airport. If you want to hire a car we have a discount code for a popular car hire company.
If you do want to hire a car and explore further afield, then the resorts of Nerja, Velez-Malaga, Rincon de la Victoria and Torre Del Mar are all great for day trips.