Cómpeta, a white town in the heart of the Axarquía where the vineyards produce the Muscat grape for the traditional sweet Malaga wine.
Where is Cómpeta located
Cómpeta is located 56km from Malaga capital with a population of 3.922 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 54km square.
The origin of the name Cómpeta
The name Cómpeta is of Roman origin, it is derived from “Compita-Orum” which means “Crossroads“. Cómpeta was the place where the romans celebrate their festivals and offerings.
Denonym of the people of Cómpeta
The inhabitants are called “competeño or competeña“.
Monuments and places of interest in Cómpeta
- Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción: Located in the Plaza de Pantaleón Romero. The temple initially built in the 16th century with subsequent reforms as it suffered damage after the earthquake of 1884. It is the most prominent and important building in the town. The church is divided into three naves separated by octagonal pillars. The neo-Mudejar style tower built in brick in 1935, finished with a tiled dome, stands out over the village.
- Hermitage of San Antón: Hermitage built in the 18th century with a simple and simple architectural structure that corresponds to the typical rural hermitages in Malaga. There are references to it in the Ensenada cadastre of 1751, although it is named as the hermitage of San Antonio Abad Extramuros. The chapel has a rectangular floor plan with images of Saint Anthony carved in wood, along with other images and objects from Holy Week in Competa.
- Hermitage of San Sebastián: Located on Avenida de Torrox at the end of town. It is a simple chapel built in the 18th century, it consists of a single nave covered with a hemispherical vault on pendentives.
- Panoramic Viewpoint: At the entrance of the town, there is a peculiar viewpoint, and of great architectural originality inspired by the style of the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. From the viewpoint you can enjoy a frontal view of the town and the peak of La Maroma in the Sierra de Tejada, which is the highest point in the province of Malaga.