Exploring rural tourism: Cómpeta Malaga among Spain’s top 10


Spain in general is a country renowned in the rural tourism industry. Rural areas of Spain boast a rich tapestry along with the scenic landscapes of villages. These characteristics often attract travellers who wish to immerse themselves in authentic Spanish culture. EscapadaRural.com recently shared the results of their contest, “Capital del Turismo Rural 2024. This contest shows the top destinations for tourists to visit in 2024. Among the top ten results, you can find Cómpeta, a small municipality in the Axarquia region of Malaga.

About Cómpeta

Cómpeta is a charming neighbourhood with breath-taking views and cultural authenticity. The contest had over 200 nominations and the results are based on votes, which shows how well Cómpeta scored. Although the number one is Santa Eulalia de Oscos in Asturias, this score also represents Andalusia’s allure for rural tourism. Cómpeta is already renowned for the nickname “Cornish de la Axarquia. Additionally, it is also celebrated for its exotic vineyards, fig trees and olive groves. Not to forget that this town, situated in eastern Malaga, is in general famous for its unique panoramas and beautiful avocado routes.

The village is not only for tourists seeking picturesque views, it is also a haven for adrenaline-driven tourists. Cómpeta is located around the Parque Natural de las Sierras de Tejeda, Alhama and Almijara. This village offers you various hiking trails that lead to absolutely stunning views. If you are a hiking enthusiast, you get to see the whole of Axarquia and Malaga from the top of your hike from Cómpeta.

On the other hand, if you just want to chill and visit cultural landmarks, the village has options that will suit your taste. The Museum of Hadrian’s Mill Houses, which has a collection of ancient agricultural tools, is a must-visit. If you want to taste some good wine and enjoy the region’s olives, go to the local market. Furthermore, if tasting wine at local markets isn’t enough for you, you should go to the Bodegas Almijara for a unique local wine tasting experience.

The results of this contest should be reason enough for you to check out this gem of a rural village in Malaga.

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