We would love to show you all the wonderful things to do in Competa, but first let us tell you a little about it!
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 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 main Plaza Almijara is like the heartbeat of the village and there is always something going on. The village is located 18 kilometres North of the coastline of Algarrobo Costa. It is about 49 kilometres from the centre of Malaga, which is about an hour’s drive away. With the coast close by and being surrounded by mountains there is always an opportunity to experience all aspects of Andalusia.
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 range from easy to difficult. There are plenty of each. 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.
Lastly but not least, sun worshippers come to Competa for the climate and foodies love the many restaurants and bars.
Fortunately, Competa enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate of hot summers and 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. It is also close enough to spend a day skiing in the Sierra Nevada, all of our houses offer heating – so are perfect for a winter break. So is perfect for mixed parties when not all members want to ski!
Competa, long known as the Pearl of the Axarquía is one of the best bases for a stay in the Andalucia. Many come here because they appreciate its authentic Spanish vibe and culture, often lost to other villages. It has all the benefits of the neighbouring pueblos without being overrun by tourism. Whilst it has a busy hustle and bustle life, you won’t find coach loads of tourists being shipped in and out throughout the day. The people are warm and friendly, so don’t be surprised when complete strangers say Hola (pronounced ola) as they pass by. This is hello and it happens all the time.’