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Spain Inland Locations-Guide

Information about Cómpeta

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(2.684 inhabitants), Màlaga province

History and visit

Of entirely Arab origin, it was conquered by the Catholic Kings in 1487. During the Muslim ages it was an important producer centre of silk. Due to its privileged situation it is known these days as the Cornisa de la  Costa del Sol.It stands out the surroundings of fully andalucian scenery  , with soft mountains full of vineyards and olive trees.
The population of white little houses mainly cubic goes up the side of the slope in small streets and squares full of light and silence. It is to point up the mudèjar tower of the iglesia parroquial, in red brick ending on top with a large half orange cupule on glassed ceramic. It is situated in the plaza de la Almijara, geographic centre of the village, it was built at the beginning of XVI century in Elizabethan gothic style. The façade was built during a later reform and it is of neomudejar style.

Gastronomy

The vino dulce (sweet wine), the kind called “Màlaga”, together with the pasas (raisins), are the main contribution of the village to the andalucian gastronomy. Its cooking has highland character, having between its dishes the potaje de hinojos, las migas and el chivo a lo pastoral, fried with almond and garlic.

Craftsmanship

The design ceramic and dry flowers making are jobs still made on a traditional way.

Festivities

15th and 16th August have place the festivities of the patron saint, Nuestra Señora de la Asunciòn, with the noche del vino, that has muscatel wine as main protagonist. 7th and 8th September is celebrated in the plaza de la Almijara the nacimiento de la Virgen Marìa (the birth of the Virgin Marìa). Bonfires are lit and there are songs and dances all night.