Competa and surroundings

 

Cómpeta dates back at least 2000 years and is believed to have Roman origins. Competa is situated in the foothills of La Maroma (2065 m) which is the highest peak of the Sierra Tejeda, at an altitude of around 638 metres above sea level there are some spectacular views. The 100,000-acre Tejeda national park, between the provinces of Malaga and Granada, is on your doorstep! .

The Sierra de Almijara which lies above Competa has national park status and is a Mecca for walkers and hikers. This is the real Spain and a world away from the built up holiday resorts that are situated on the coast of the Costa Del Sol.

Further south there is a beautiful stretch of coastline with cliffs and small sandy bays. Located just 30 mins drive is the delightful beach side town of Torre Del Mar with over four kms of sandy beaches lined with restaurants and bars. Nerja to the east, a 30 mins drive, boasts 16 kms of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water.

Shops :  You will find that you can get most of your fresh food shopping in Competa ( Meat, Fish, Bread, Fruit and Vegtables. ). There are several  supermarkets, souvenir shops as well as a bakery, fishmonger, banks with cashpoints. There is also a local market on a Saturday morning that sells locally grown produce, clothing, health food and most other items that you would associate with a general market.

Bars & Restaurants : You’ll find most of the activity centred around the main square in the town. Here there are plenty of very good restaurants and bars offering everything from coffee and Tapas to wine and top quality food.

Ferias and Fiestas are a key part of Spanish life and Competa’s Saint day is the last weekend in July every year – a weekend of music , dancing and fireworks. Next to the Semana Santa (Eastern) the biggest festivity is the  Noche del Vino *( Night of the wine), held annually on the 15th August . It is the celebration of first grape harvest and again is a very typically Spanish fiesta carrying on late into the night. Competa is famous for the sweet wine which is made from the local Muscatel grape .

The harvesting of the grapes is marked with a celebration every 15th day of August called the 'Noche del Vino'* . This includes crushing of grapes by foot in the old square and flamenco dancers dancing in the Church square in the evening.