So much to see and do in and around Competa!
Competa is a beautiful Andalusian village set within the stunning mountain range of Sierra Almijara and its inhabitants are known as Cómpetenos. It is at an altitude of 640m above sea level with stunning views of the mountains, countryside and Mediterranean and has a population of approximately 4000.
The village with its Moorish roots sits on the mountainside with amazing views, the pretty white washed houses line the winding, labyrinth like narrow cobbled streets and its relaxing squares form the heart of the village. The village is located 18 kilometres North of the coastline of Algarrobo Costa and 49 kilometres from the centre of Malaga, about an hour’s drive away. With the coast close by, there is plenty of opportunity to experience all sides of Andalusia.
The village is wonderfully positioned beside a 4,000-hectare wildlife reserve, which incorporates the Sierra Almijara range. The area is particularly popular with wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers, who come to marvel at the eagles that roam the skies and is equally popular with walkers and cycling enthusiasts. Fortunately, Competa enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate of hot summers and warm winters with an average of 300 days of sun a year and an average of 8 hours sunshine per day. The proximity to the sea gives cooling breezes in the summertime.
Competa long known as the pearl of the Axarquía is one of the best bases for a stay in the Axarquía. Many come here because they appreciate its authentic Spanish vibe and culture, often lost to other villages.
Ferias and Fiestas
Feria’s are held throughout the year and Cómpeta’s Feria is in July. Be prepared to party until the early hours and to have a great time with fireworks, music, drinking, dancing and amusement park rides and games. The Plaza Almijara square comes alive with a foam party and the steep La Rampa has a water slide for the daring. Our favourite event is when all the Cómpeteno’s gather in traditional dress for the Romeria. Many ladies will match their daughters in the specially made Traje de Gitana or Traje Faralaes: a traditional flamenco dress. You will find men on horseback in the Traje de Corto: A traditional outfit: a short jacket, tight pants, and the Cordobés hat.
Another popular Cómpeta celebration is the Noche Del Vino or Night of the Wine which takes place on the 15th August. Cómpeta has some of the area’s best local wine, at the end of the day there is a program of flamenco and Sevillano music and dance plus limitless free wine. You can also gather some of the free collectible posters, designed by a different artist each year – see how many you can spot in the Competa Escapes houses.
Please note we are now offering a variety of add ons which you can request more information on by contacting Nicki and Paul on +44 (0) 7879 845998. These include flowers on arrival, chocolate coated strawberries and a bottle of Fizz, bike hire and much more.