The mountains and the town itself create one of the most spectacular urban enclaves of Malaga, from which we can distinguish the " Montes de la Axarquia ".
Temperature, annual average: 17.5°
History and scenery.
Competa played a very important part in the role of the Moorish rebellion of La Axarquia led by Ben Humeya, which took place on a slope of the " Sierra Almijarra ", know as " Comisa de la Costa del Sol ".
Festivities and traditions.
The most important festivals are the festival of San Sebastian, and The wine night, during the festival the people can enjoy a magnificent Flamenco spectacle, and taste the local wine, which is awarded with the prestigious distinction D.O. The " Asadura Pastoril " is a kind of roast meat with almonds, garlic and bread and is just one example of traditional gastronomy.
Competa is situated 650m above sea level. Due to its moderate and healthy climate a lot of people prefer this area, being situated some distance from the sea enables Competa to enjoy a moderate climate during the winter months. In an incomparable landscape, Competa is set in the Sierra Almijara Nature Park, some 650m above sea level, with breathtaking views to the sea and mountains. The village of Competa like many others in the area has an Arabic origin, and dates back to before Moorish times.
For centuries it has been a centre for wine and raisins, and is today famous for its various wines. Strolling through Competa you will find yourself completely immersed in a village that with it´s narrow white-washed streets and flower-covered balconies, appears impervious to the passage of time. Only 30 minutes drive from the coast, with its moderate climate, Competa offers a wonderful base, either for living or taking a holiday. Spend a morning taking coffee in one of the traditional bars in the backstreets, and then head off to the beach for the afternoon. Alternatively, head north for a couple of hours drive to Granada to visit the Alhambra or even go skiing. If it's peace and quiet you're after, just stay at home in Competa, home to painters, writers and artists from all over the world. Towards the end of July, the village comes alive and spends three days celebrating the Feria of San Sebastian - not to be missed.