Competa and Sayalonga are two picturesque white villages located in the Axarquia region in the south of Spain. Sayalonga is a small and charming village nestled between hills covered with olive and almond trees. Meanwhile, Competa is a larger village, situated on the foothills of Sierra de Almijara Mountains. Both offer stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and mountains.

There are plenty of things to do in these two villages. Here are some recommendations:

Visit the Square: Plaza de la Constitution is the main square in both Sayalonga and Competa. It is surrounded by white-washed houses, which give a taste of traditional Spain. In Sayalonga, the square features a 16th-century church and fountain, while in Competa, it has a town hall.

Explore the Streets: The white-washed narrow streets lined with flowers and brightly-painted doors are worth exploring. In Sayalonga, people can walk up to the church of Santa Catalina or wander through the Arab quarter. In Competa, the Calle San Antonio is known for its traditional Andalusian style houses and artisan shops.

Visit the Museums: Sayalonga and Competa have a few interesting museums. Sayalonga museum is dedicated to local history, while in Competa, the museum exhibits a collection of works by local artists.

Wine Tasting: The wine region of Axarquia is home to some of the best wines in Spain, and both Sayalonga and Competa have their own vineyards and wineries that offer tasting sessions.

Hiking: The hills surrounding both villages offer some excellent hiking trails with beautiful views of the sea and mountains.

Fiesta Of Wine: Sayalonga town hosts an annual Fiesta of Wine, where people can taste different varieties of wine, participate in traditional Spanish dance, and enjoy local food.

Overall, Sayalonga and Competa offer a unique experience of traditional Andalusian life, combined with scenic beauty and a range of exciting activities.


Sayalonga townhall Facebook page

Street Markets
Monday Torrox Costa
Tuesday Nerja
Wednesday Algarrobo Costa, Rincón de la Victoria
Thursday Torre del Mar
Friday Sayalonga, Frigiliana
Saturday Benajarafe, Caleta de Velez, Competa

Other markets and boot sales
Tuesday 09.30 to 13.30 hrs
Trapiche Market
A small market with new, craft, second hand stalls., small local businesses, coffee shop with a lovely garden, cakes, breakfasts and more.
Location map
Click here to see their Facebook page
Mezquitilla car boot sale
Nerja car boot sale

The festival ‘The day if the Nispero’ was declared a festival of National Tourist Interest in the Axarquia in 1999 and a Festival of Tourist Interest in the province of Malaga in 2005.
Sayalonga always celebrates ‘The day of the Nispero’ on the first Sunday in May.

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