Cómpeta is a white village located in Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Nature Park. Nicknamed ‘the cornice of the Costa del Sol’, it is part of the Wine Tour in the region of Axarquía. The sierras and hills covered with vines make the most typical postcard of this village, whose natural areas are a haven for hikers and country travellers. The town streets show fine examples of popular architecture and hide a few quaint corners. The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and the Shrines of San Antón and San Sebastián are the main tourist sights.
The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción is in Plaza Almijara. Built in the sixteenth century, it is considered to be the cathedral of Axarquía. It was a nave and two aisles, separated by segmental arches. The most remarkable exterior element is the Neomudejar tower. The main façade was renovated after an earthquake shook Cómpeta in 1884. Inside there is a fine altar fresco by Francisco Hernández.
By the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Walkway of Traditions shows Cómpeta’s customs and traditions in a series of ceramic tiles and historical reviews. It leads to Plaza Almijara, where day labourers went to find a job in the fields. This square brimming with flowers is lined by nineteenth-century buildings and has a traditional Andalusian fountain.
The Shrine of San Antón Abad is an eighteenth-century chapel originally built outside town. It is dominated by an altarpiece featuring St Anthony the Abbot, an image of Jesus at the entrance to Jerusalem and one of Cómpeta’s most popular Easter sculptures: La Borriquita.
In the upper part of town, known as ‘El Barrio’, there is the Shrine of San Sebastián. It could have been the first parish church established by Queen Isabella after the Moors were expelled. It holds an image of Cómpeta’s patron saint, carried in a procession twice a year.
For popular architecture sights in this Axarquía Wine Tour town, the best thing to do is to explore the local streets and squares. The finest examples are the Hadrian’s Mill Museum, the hanging houses and the wineries. The former headquarters of the Civil Guard in the nineteenth century now houses the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs.
The grape trough in Plaza de la Vendimia is the main venue on Wine Night, on 15 August, when grapes are trodden for everyone to see how traditional wines are made.
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