Cómpeta is situated 49 kilometres from Malaga and 18 kilometres from the coast at Torrox Costa, at an altitude of 636 metres. It lies within the area of Axarquia in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara, on the scenic Route of Sun and Wine, and has a population of 2500.
The area is irrigated by numerous springs and steams from the surrounding mountains. The nearby Casa de la Mina nature reserve is spectacularly beautiful. The main product of Cómpeta is the grape, the wines being excellent and renowned throughout Spain. There is an interesting wine museum in the village that sells different types of local produce and handicrafts, as well as doubling as a bar and restaurant.
Annually on the 15th August there is a popular fiesta to celebrate the `Night of the Wine´ flamenco and other music and dance accompany the free-flowing wine. The `Night of the Wine` is a very old traditional party which has been celebrated for a long time. Traditionally the inhabitants of Cómpeta went to their cortijos (farmhouses) up in the mountains during the vintage and did not return until October, when the raisins were packed and the grapes had been pressed. On August the 15th they met at Plaza Almijara for a farewell party, where they sang and danced fandangos and drank the famous local wine.
The village is composed of the traditional pretty white town houses with narrow geranium strewn streets and has all the amenities you could possibly want, including a large heated swimming pool, restaurants, bars, banks, school etc.
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