Postcards from Spain: Frigiliana and Cómpeta

Postcards from Spain: Frigiliana and Cómpeta

Today, I want to invite you on a walk through the streets of Frigiliana and Cómpeta!

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This time I’m writing to you from the town of Frigiliana – one of the many must visit places in the province of Málaga. For the second part of today’s post, we’re going up to the mountains on the discovery of less known but just as charming town of Cómpeta. If you’d like to get lost wandering the streets in my company, keep on reading!

Welcome to Frigiliana – un pueblo blanco!

Frigiliana is located near Nerja in the province of Málaga. It is considered one of the most beautiful white villages in Andalusia.  Frigiliana is divided into two parts. Most of the tourist attractions, however, are located in the upper part of this picturesque village. I really enjoyed wandering the cobbled streets and getting lost in the alleys caught in the middle of white-washed houses.

Cute streets in Frigiliana.

A view from above right before the sun came out.

In Frigiliana, they still use donkeys and mules to carry heavy things on top of the village.

Where to eat in Frigiliana?

Bar la Alegria del Barrio

Wandering the streets in Frigiliana works up an appetite for sure. If you’re looking for something fancy, this place is not for you. But if you’re more into simple yet delicious food, served with a tone of love, you’re in for a treat. Everything we had was delicious and great value for money. I strongly recommend!

Welcome to Cómpeta!

On the other hand, when you get tired on the road of all the touristy places, Cómpeta is there to offer you some down time. Located around 700m above sea level in the foothills of La Maroma, Competa at first glance looks like a town I’d most likely skip. But as often happens, Competeños (local residents) are diverse in culture and nationality and in this mountain town, you will find many Scandinavians who traded their northern winters for the gentle Spanish sun.

Wine lovers will appreciate the well known local wine. The love of wine is manifested around town with the peak celebration happening on the 15th of August when La Noche del Vino (Night of the wine) takes place. Cómpeta is a place for the nature lovers. It offers various paths that can be discovered either on dirt bikes for the adventurous soulds or simply by foot.  Have an hour to spend? Why not spend your time horseback riding along the beautiful trails in the surroundings? If you like peace and nature, Cómpeta awaits!

Welcome to Competa!

Where to eat in Cómpeta?

You can always opt to dine in hotel restaurants or do as I did and head down to the main plaza, called Almijara. This is where this town comes to life.
The town square is dominated by the 16th-century church and it seems like a meeting point between tourists and locals. In the summer evenings, it can get crowded, so make sure you’re there early to get a table at your restaurant of choice.

The town plaza gets quite crowded in the dinner time.

Where to stay in Cómpeta?

Hotel Balcon de Cómpeta

The hotel is located on the outskirt of Cómpeta, therefore it offers amazing views of surroundings. There you will find standard hotel rooms, of which some have been renovated just recently, and bungalows.  I got the feeling a lot of guests have been there before. The atmosphere was friendly and very relaxed. Guests knew the staff by their name and in the evening everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves on the hotel’s terrace, where live acoustic music was making the summer evening just a bit more fun and a little more dreamy.

Hotel Balcon De Competa where we stayed for a night and relaxed at the pool area. In the evenings they offer live music at the terrace.

The newly renovated rooms are cosy and cute. Simple elegance is the new take at Balcon de Competa.

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Hope you’re all enjoying the lovely summer evenings in the best company you could imagine!
Talk to you soon!

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  1. Jasmin N
    08/08/2017 / 08:57

    Oooh you seem to visit all these gorgeous places! I fell in love 🙂 defo need to visit there one day 🙂

  2. 08/08/2017 / 11:02

    Oh wow your photos are amazing, it all looks so beautiful and that food. Wow!!

    • 21/08/2017 / 08:18

      Thank you, Debbie!
      The food was delicious all around Andalusia! 🙂

  3. 08/08/2017 / 12:24

    I wish I could travel there right now! It’s an amazing city!

    • 21/08/2017 / 08:17

      That’s the problem with travelling…once you start, you kinda want to travel all the time, right? 🙂

  4. 08/08/2017 / 17:54

    Such a beautiful place – I would love to visit. 🙂 Those photos are really amazing!
    I would love to get lost in that place. 🙂

  5. 08/08/2017 / 19:20

    Wowww….really an awesome place and pictures. I really enjoyed these pictures so much. I wish I could visit this place one day. <3

  6. 09/08/2017 / 10:31

    I have only been to Barcelona so i would love to visit this place in Spain, which is absolutely amazing. And your photos make me wanna travel right away.
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

    • 21/08/2017 / 08:16

      Thank you, Hannah! 🙂

  7. 18/08/2017 / 19:50

    Hi, it looks like a lovely place to visit. The blue and green doors caught my attention as well as the food, Chloe.

  8. Alice
    19/08/2017 / 11:29

    Looks so amazing! Fabulous photos too

  9. Борка Шаула
    19/08/2017 / 15:08

    I’ve never been to Spain, and I was aware of only big cities like Madrid and Barcelona but Frigiliana and Competa are so cute and definitely worth of visiting! Frigiliana reminds me of Greece perhaps because of the white buildings and blue doors!
    B, xx | http/

    • 21/08/2017 / 08:16

      It’s true, it really does look a bit Greek like. 🙂
      Madrid is definitely on my list of cities to visit.

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