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Visit Competa from Malaga – Things to do

Today we take you to Competa, a charming white village located in the mountains of the Axarquia, in Malaga. From its privileged position, it offers stunning panoramic views of the coast and the interior. Here you will find a lot of things to do, from exploring its steep and winding streets, to enjoying its rich gastronomy and local wines, or participating in the numerous festivals and events that are celebrated throughout the year.

Discover Competa

The origin of the village dates back to Roman times, when it was known as “Compita-Orum”, which translates as crossroads. It was conquered by the Arabs, who ruled until 1487, the year it was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs. However, the repopulation of the village did not begin until 1570, thanks to the migration of inhabitants from Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

From the 20th century, the population grew significantly with the arrival of Germans, Danes and English who acquired houses and farmhouses, contributing to the renewal of this village characterized by its white houses and narrow streets.

The village hosts several music and art festivals throughout the year, attracting visitors from all over the world. If you are interested in hiking, history, food or art, this is a destination you should not miss. We offer you a comfortable transportation to get to Competa from Malaga, so you have no excuse to get to know it.

Places of interest in Competa

In addition to its rich history and culture, this village is also a destination for nature lovers. The Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges, declared a National Reserve for Big Game Hunting and included in the Catalogue of Protected Spaces and Goods of the Junta de Andalucia, offer a variety of hiking routes and opportunities to explore the local flora and fauna.

From festivals and cultural events to a variety of historical and natural places of interest, learn a little more about the places you can visit and things to do:

Plaza Almijara

The Plaza Almijara is an emblematic and interesting point. It is the heart of the village, surrounded by restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the local gastronomy. From here, you can delve into its streets and discover all that this charming place treasures.

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Church of the Assumption

Parish of Competa

The Church of the Assumption is a very well preserved architectural gem. The structure was erected in the 16th century, located in the main square of the village. Its most outstanding feature is a 35-meter high tower, designed in neo-Mudejar style. This tower replaced an old minaret that was destroyed in 1884. Its design and central location contribute to its aesthetic appeal.

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Walk of Traditions

Located near the Church, in the space that previously housed the old municipal market, is a cultural point of interest inaugurated in 2009. This place is dedicated to preserving and sharing the popular customs and traditions of Competa. On the tour, visitors can appreciate ten ceramic murals created by a local artist. These murals narrate the history and traditional customs of Competa, providing a fascinating insight into local life over the years. This place offers a culturally enriching experience for visitors interested in the history and traditions of Competa.

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Panoramic Viewpoint

The Panoramic Viewpoint is a charming and original place from which you can see the best views of Competa and its surroundings. It is the perfect place to take photographs and enjoy the tranquility of the environment.

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Museum of Popular Arts and Customs of Competa

The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs of Competa is a tribute to rural and peasant life, which preserves and disseminates the customs and traditions of the villa. Located in the old Civil Guard Barracks, a 19th century building, the museum houses a collection of old utensils used in agricultural activities and other economic activities, as well as typical costumes and cultural and artistic manifestations of the region.

Among the different rooms, the Noble Room stands out, with its Mudejar-style wooden ceilings, intended for the presentation of cultural events, conferences and poetry recitals. One of the most characteristic stands is the one that recreates an old wine press, where each farmer made the exquisite wine that distinguishes the village.

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Hiking routes

Competa offers some of the best hiking routes in Andalusia. Some of the most popular routes are:

  1. Pico Lucero: This route takes you to the top of Pico Lucero, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the region.
  2. Circular Route from Competa to Archez and Canillas de Albaida: This is a circular route that starts and ends in Competa, passing through the picturesque villages of Archez and Canillas de Albaida.
  3. Route of the Sales from the Viewpoint of Competa: This route starts at the Viewpoint of Competa and takes you through a series of ruined sales.

For more routes you can visit the following website:


The gastronomy of Competa is based on fresh local products and traditional recipes. You can enjoy dishes such as almond soup, Competa porra, garlic goat and a variety of homemade desserts. In addition, Competa is famous for its Moscatel wine, which is internationally renowned.

Transfer from Malaga to Competa: How to get there

Competa is located about 55 km from Malaga. You can get to Competa from Malaga by car, taking the Mediterranean motorway or A-7. From the A-7 motorway, you can take exit 277 towards Algarrobo, then take the A-7206 road to Competa. You can also use exit 285 towards Torrox and take the A-7207 road to Competa. The journey takes approximately one hour.

If you need a transfer from Malaga airport to Competa to get to your accommodation, or from any other point in the province, you can count on our transfer services. We offer a comfortable, safe and efficient service so you can enjoy your trip without worries.

Advantages of using our transfers

  • Comfort: Our vehicles are comfortable and spacious, perfect for a relaxing trip to Competa.
  • Safety: Our drivers are experienced professionals who prioritize your safety.
  • Efficiency: Arrive to this village on time and without complications.
  • Flexibility: We offer a variety of transfer options to meet your needs.
  • Customer service: Our customer service team is available to help you at all times.

On the following map you can see the road route from Malaga to Competa.

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