Cómpeta is located within Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Nature Park. This means that the park’s geography, animals and plants are among the village’s greatest attractions. There are many hiking trails in the area, nine of them running within Cómpeta’s boundaries. At the entrance, coming up from Torrox, there is a viewpoint affording stunning panoramic views of the Park and La Maroma.
On 20 January El Barrio pays tribute to St Sebastian with a fair, including a meal in the country and a procession carrying an image of the patron saint across town. Two weeks later comes the feast of St Blaise and the blessing of doughnuts at the parish church.
In Easter, pilgrims make their way through the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. A men-only procession takes place in the morning, whereas an image of Our Lady of Solitude is taken out by women in the evening.
May 3 is the Day of the Cross, while the feast of St John, or Sanjuaneo is on 24 June. On both days, families go out to the fields for an afternoon meal. Bonfires burn on 7 September in remembrance of Our Lady of La Candelaria. The feast is locally known as Las Lumbres, coming to a close with street dancing and singing.
The three-day Summer Fair is held in late July. Most activities – mainly music shows and a funfair – take place in Plaza de la Axarquía and Plaza Almijara.
On the feast of Cómpeta’s Patroness, Our Lady of Assumption, on 15 August, the town celebrates Wine Night. This festival is associated to the traditional despedía: peasants bidding farewell to their families and heading for the grape troughs and cortijos for the grape harvest season. Now it is one of the village’s most popular summer events, drawing large numbers of visitors.
The Wine Night has been designated as a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia. There are free tastings of muscat wines and live music. Most activities take place at Plaza de la Vendimia during the day and Plaza Almijara after sunset. Concerts and dance shows are organised at the stage, decorated to resemble a traditional Andalusian cortijo.
Cómpeta is one of the villages visited in the Axarquía Wine Tour, alongside Algarrobo, Sayalonga, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Nerja and Frigiliana. It produces highly renowned dry and off-dry muscat wines. The quintessential dishes of local cuisine include migas fennel stew and sirloin steak with garlic.
Cómpeta has a 54.7km2 surface area and a population of 3,861, known as Competeños
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