Cómpeta village surroundings
The whitewashed village of Cómpeta is located in the green region of the Axarquía to the east of the city of Málaga in Andalucía. The region is known for its Moscatel wine, avocado and mango plantations. Cómpeta is surrounded by the Sierra de Tejeda and Almijara with the mountains La Maroma (2063m) and Cerro Lucero (1797m) part of the natural park with the same name.
Around the village you will find many small white villages against the green slopes of the mountains with cozy squares in the always present sun with bars and narrow alleys where time seems to have stopped.
Food and drink
In Cómpeta you eat and drink excellent and very affordable!
The town has many bars and restaurants with terraces in the sun where you can relax. The following map shows an overview of the various dining options.
This very small hamlet, also known as ‘the lost village’, is in the middle of the Sierra Tejeda and Almijara Nature Park. The second name that has been given to this village arose during the Spanish Civil War, since more than 200 inhabitants helped hide the local maquis opposition from the Civil Guards. When this event came to light, they had to leave the village in 1949. The following 50 years the town was completely empty; only receiving an occasional visit from a former inhabitant who returned to take his belongings.
In 1998 a new generation began that decided to buy 14 plots and ruined dwelling to reform it. After many years of hard work, they managed to re-create a beautiful, whitewashed village with a traditional restaurant. Hikers and cyclists stop here for a cold beer and lunch with local produce at this wonderful restaurant. Starting from our accommodation there is a beautiful path to reach Acebuchal, passing through a stream and the nature that surrounds it.In 1998 a new generation began that decided to buy 14 plots and ruined dwelling to reform it. After many years of hard work, they managed to re-create a beautiful, whitewashed village with a traditional restaurant.
Hikers and cyclists stop here for a cold beer and lunch with local produce at this wonderful restaurant. Starting from our accommodation there is a beautiful path to reach Acebuchal, passing through a stream and the nature that surrounds it.
Ask Albert for directions and to pick you up after lunch if necessary.
Activities in the surroundings of Cómpeta
Cómpeta is the gateway to the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park with many miles hiking and mountain bike paths. Walk, ride your mountain bike or road bike on paths, trails and roads along the highest peaks of the surrounding mountains enjoying beautiful views over the Sierra Nevada or the Riff Mountains in North Africa. It invites us to road bike routes pedaling through the ‘White Villages’ of the Axarquia or going down to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
At the foot of the mountains, you can enjoy cycling along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea with promenades and beach bars. But of course, there are also plenty of opportunities to reach high altitudes along the mountain ranges of the area.
Along the road from Cómpeta to Canillas de Albaida you will find Bodegas Almijara a short distance from the town. A traditional family business, started in 1993, where the famous Jarel muscatel grape wines from this region are traditionally produced. For the sweet wine, raisins are used to dry in the open air on large beds in the sun before being pressed and turned into high-quality sweet wine. During a visit they show the whole process: from the vine, pressing on large round mats, fermentation, and storage in large wooden barrels. If we book a visit for you, you can take part in an optional wine tasting with tapas under the vines on the terrace of the bodega!
The Ruta del Sol y del Vino
Cómpeta is part of the Ruta del Sol y del Vino (Sun and Wine route), a route that takes you by car through the towns of the Axarquia area. The churches and some springs on the Ruta del Sol y del Vino are only open in the morning on weekends, but there is always someone from the town who will give you the key at other times without any problem if you ask for it kindly!
This city is easily accessible by public transport from Cómpeta. The thousand-year-old and cosmopolitan Malaga of yesteryear preserves its historical roots intact. In distant times, it has been testimony to the origins of man and Mediterranean culture. Called Malaka by the Phoenicians, the city of Malaga was incorporated after the Muslim invasion in the 8th century and later became part of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada.
Even today Málaga, located on the coast where ‘winter never comes’, is a welcoming city with many narrow streets in the old town with terraces in the shade with a very pleasant atmosphere. In addition, there are many museums such as the Picasso Museum, the Pablo Picasso birth house, the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Pompidou Museum in the port with restaurants and shops. It is very nice to do a City Bike Tour with a guide that speaks your language to get to know Malaga from a more active perspective.
What a guest wrote
Cozy and relaxed
We would like to thank you for the great vacation we had in Competa thanks to you. We stayed for 5 nights from March 5-10, 2022, in the Tokyo apartment in the Residencia Granada, just around the corner from the village square. The apartment was fully equipped, clean, spacious and with a great view from the terrace.
We did some beautiful hikes directly from the apartment, we did a great road bike trip and a great MTB trip to the lost village of Acebuchal. After that, there was always delicious food in one of the good restaurants in Cómpeta. The breakfast in the town square was also excellent, but I was also able to have an excellent breakfast in the apartment. You have always given us good advice and helped us where you could. Cozy and relaxed. And the routes and tips were ready in the apartment in English. On our request, you took us to the starting point of the hiking or mountain biking route. Cómpeta is a good base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings. An attractive and authentic “white village”.
We travelled on bus from Malaga Airport to Cómpeta where Albert met us at the bus stop to bring us the accommodation, a rental car was not necessary. We highly recommend you this accommodation.
La Granada Residénce
Calle Laberinto, 8
29754 Cómpeta (Málaga)