July 18, 2023

Artistic Holidays in Cómpeta, Andalucía!


Artistic holidays in Cómpeta are easier than you think to arrange! Cómpeta, a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Andalucía, Southern Spain. If you’re a holiday maker with a passion for art and creativity, then it is the place for you! As an experienced holiday provider specialising in exciting holidays in Andalucía, we can’t wait to share the wonders of this charming pueblo. Whether you’re a seasoned artist seeking inspiration or simply looking to immerse yourself in a vibrant art scene, Cómpeta will captivate you with its artistic vibe and cultural richness.


Discover Cómpeta's artistic vibe

Centro Luz de la vida art & Cultural centre - A world of arT

At the heart of Cómpeta’s art scene lies the Centro Luz de la Vida gallery, in the centre of the Pueblo. Here, you’ll find an exquisite collection of art and cultural displays from talented international artists, pulled together by Lieuwke Loth. A superbly talented artist in her own right, we particularly love her unique lasercut sculptures. Lieuwke is also one of the prinicipal organisers of the Cómpeta Monthly Art and Craft Walk.

Image shows lasercut art sculpture by artist Lieuwke Loth, in the shape of a butterfly.
Mariposa - a stainless steel artwork by Lieuwke Loth

It’s like taking a trip around the world without leaving this picturesque pueblo! Experience artistic holidays in Cómpeta as you immerse yourself in a diverse range of breathtaking paintings and thought-provoking sculptures.

The gallery stands as a beacon of artistic expression and is just one part of Cómpeta’s diverse and vibrant artistic community. During the annual art walk, visitors have the pleasure of encountering a myriad of local artists, each contributing their unique styles and creative visions.

Dave Shannon - Capturing Timeless Moments in Monochrome

We are blessed to have many talented photographers in Cómpeta.  However, without doubt Dave Shannon of Cómpeta Portraits can capture our imagination and mesmerise us with every single photo. He is a specialist in black and white photography, mainly shooting in analogue. His images certainly capture the mood and they transport you immediately to the scene. Dave will be exhibiting at the Cómpeta Art Walk, where his stunning black and white images will undoubtedly captivate art enthusiasts. Notably, his works feature proudly in No 8, where you will find a stunning trio of traditional flamenco images, copies of which are available to purchase.

Photo shows Andalucian rider on horse with his daughter at the Competa Feria 2022
Photo by Dave Shannon of Cómpeta Portraits

Luikatcuero - Treasure Trove of Unique Leather

While you’re exploring Cómpeta’s artistic offerings, be sure to visit Luikatcuero, a one-of-a-kind leather shop that specialises in crafting beautiful and unique leather items. Add an artistic touch to your holidays with extraordinary handmade leather belts, bags, and jewellery from Luikatcuero’s treasure trove.

Sandra Costello - A Window into Local Landscapes and People

Sandra Costello of Sandra Costello Art has a remarkable talent for capturing the essence of local landscapes and people in her mesmerizing artwork. Her paintings offer a window into the life of Cómpeta, portraying the beauty and bliss in this charming pueblo. Art enthusiasts and holiday makers alike will be enthralled by her evocative and heartfelt creations during the art walk. One of our favourite pieces of Sandra’s, with pride of place in our home, is a sketch of a reclining lady. It is drawn on crumpled brown paper which gives it such depth and sparks a lot of interest with our guests.

Bo Arenander - Where Painting and Sculpture Converge

Bo Arenander is a true visionary whose artistic talents extend to both painting and sculpture. His creations are a testament to the power of imagination, with each piece leaving a profound impact on those who encounter them. At the Cómpeta Art events, Bo’s work takes center stage, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in a world of creative wonders.

Gerardo Garcia Ávila's Gallery - Bursting with Colour

Don’t miss the opportunity to step into Gerardo Garcia Ávila’s gallery, a delightful haven for lovers of vibrant and colourful art. Located in the corner of the Plaza Almijara main square, opposite the church. His paintings and sketch drawings are like bursts of joy on canvas, leaving a lasting impression. Explore the creative energy of Cómpeta’s art scene as you discover the true celebration of life and creativity. See if you can spot which house features Gerardo’s work, a line drawing of the church tower, splashed with colour.

Image is of the work of Gerardo Garcia Avíla, an artist based in Cómpeta. The photo shows his own work on exhibit in his gallery off of Plaza Almijara.
Artwork by Cómpeta artist Gerardo Garcia Ávila

Peter Nylander - A Journey Through Global Artistry

Peter Nylander, a designer, artist, and curator, brings his worldly experiences to Cómpeta’s artistic landscape. His works, exhibited and celebrated worldwide, encounter a diverse array of artistic styles and cultural influences, showcasing the universality of art as a means of connecting people from different backgrounds.

Journey Through Artistic History

The Church, Iglesia de La Asuncion's Awe-Inspiring Mural in the heart of Cómpeta

The Church of La Asuncion proudly displays a remarkable mural titled “The Assumption of the Virgin,” painted by the talented artist Francisco Hernandez in 1972. Immerse yourself in Cómpeta’s cultural heritage with a mesmerising encounter with this awe-inspiring mural.

Mosaic Tiled Panels Tour - Artistic Tapestry of the Past

As you roam Cómpeta’s cobbled streets, you’ll notice beautifully crafted mosaic tiled panels adorning the town’s walls. Each panel depicts scenes from Cómpeta’s history, a journey through time and artistry. Embark on an enchanting tour that weaves the stories of ancient battles and everyday life into captivating mosaics.

In fact you can get maps from the tourist office, in several languages so you follow the trail.  You should schedule a visit to the tourist office, towards the bottom of the town as you enter, there is a wealth of information available there.

Immersive Cultural Experiences

Festivals and Flavours - Embrace Local Culture

During your stay in Cómpeta, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. Celebrate traditional festivals and savour mouth-watering delicacies to experience the authentic soul of Cómpeta.

It doesn’t matter whether you visit us during the Easter week known as Semana Santa, Culture Week, the four day Feria or one of our favourites Noche del Vino, you’ll be able to get acquainted with the food, the traditional, dress, Andalucian dancing and the many other traditions.  Read about Noche del Vino in our blog.

Photo shows the people of Cómpeta dressed up for Noche del Vino, a famous celebration in the village.

Charming Streets and Artistic Atmosphere

Wander through Cómpeta’s picturesque streets, where art is intertwined with everyday life. Let the interplay of light and shadow on whitewashed walls inspire your artistic senses in Cómpeta’s enchanting ambiance.

Annual Art Walk - Paseo del Arte Cómpeta

One of the most anticipated events for art enthusiasts in Cómpeta is the Annual Art Walk, known as Paseo del Arte Cómpeta. This year marks the 14th edition of this remarkable event, offering a unique chance to immerse yourself in art, architecture, history, and nature. From the 15th to the 17th of September, Cómpeta comes alive with creativity and cultural vibrancy during this exciting three-day extravaganza. The art walk provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet and engage with local and expat artists, converse about their inspirations and creative processes, and admire and purchase their captivating artworks.

Alongside the visual feast, you’ll also indulge in the most delicious food the entire region of Axarquia has to offer. Be sure to mark your calendar for this extraordinary celebration of art and culture, a highlight of artistic holidays in Cómpeta.

Keep an eye out for our good friend Mica Will‘s delightful watercolour exhibition which is again being held in our holiday rental, No 8, Cómpeta. It’s a must-see addition to your art-filled journey through this vibrant Andalucían gem.

ArtCompeta - A Journey Through Diverse Artistry

In addition to the annual art walk, Cómpeta’s art scene thrives year-round, thanks to the efforts of ArtCompeta. This dedicated group organises the monthly Art and Craft Ruta, a must-attend event for art enthusiasts. Local and international artists come together to showcase their talents in various mediums, including painting, sculpture, textiles, bronzes, and more. The town transforms into an artistic tapestry as galleries and studios open their doors, inviting visitors to explore the rich and diverse world of visual arts.

You can obtain maps for the Art and Craft Ruta at various locations around town, notably at the tourist office. For updates on upcoming walks and featured artists, be sure to follow ArtCompeta’s Facebook page, ensuring you don’t miss a single artistic moment during your stay in Cómpeta.

Competa Photo Days - A Haven for Photography Enthusiasts

Don’t miss the incredible event, Competa Photo Days, being held in Cómpeta from the 2nd to the 5th of November, 2023. This four-day extravaganza is designed for those who are passionate about photography and seek to explore the artistic possibilities of the medium.

Competa Photo Days promises a captivating lineup of activities, including inspiring photo exhibitions, hands-on workshops, enlightening photo walks, and an unforgettable night of photography. It’s a unique opportunity to hone your skills, share your vision, and connect with fellow photography lovers in a picturesque setting.

The event was brought to life last year, all thanks to Erik Eric Berger of LIK Academy of Photography and Design. With an impressive list of accolades to his name, Erik and his international team have curated an event that promises to be both amazing and educational. For more information about Erik and his team, be sure to visit the event’s website. Or you can join their Facebook group.

Competa Photo Days is an experience not to be missed for anyone with a passion for photography and the desire to discover the world through the lens.

Embrace the Artistic Magic of Cómpeta

In conclusion, Cómpeta’s artistic vibe is a dream come true for holiday makers with a passion for art and creativity. From the Centro Luz de la Vida gallery to the Mosaic Tiled Panels Tour, each experience adds a unique layer to your creative journey. Embrace your artistic spirit, learn from talented artists, and immerse yourself in Cómpeta’s rich cultural heritage. Come and experience the magic of this enchanting pueblo, where art breathes life into every corner and leaves an indelible mark on your heart.

Before you depart on your artistic holidays in Cómpeta, be sure to follow Competa Escapes across social media. Don’t miss the chance to explore our well-designed holiday rentals, each bespoke with luxury in mind, featuring private pools and set in the heart of the pueblo. Our rentals boast interesting artworks, ranging from paintings by local and international artists to unique and captivating old concrete press templates adorning the walls.


Some of the Artwork in No 9 from Cómpeta Escapes

To help you plan your holiday in Cómpeta, we have added links to all the people/places/events mentioned, but if you need any further information just send a message to info@competaescapes.com.

Inspiration for your artistic holiday in Cómpeta!

You’ll find inspiration everywhere! From the beautiful tiled buildings, to the outstanding mountain views and not to mention the sugar cube houses, tumbling down the mountainside!  Whatever the focus for your art, there will be something to capture and develop your imagination!

Artistic holidays in Cómpeta, The image shows the white Andalucian pueblo of Cómpeta, tucked into the mountainside.