Comares

Comares

Comares is a village in the province of Malaga, in the Axarquia region, located on the slopes of the Montes de Malaga. It is located on the top of a plateau, 700 metres above sea level, so the views around the village are extremely beautiful.

Its population is growing slightly thanks to the foreigners who visit the region, are captivated by the beauty of the place and end up settling in the region.

History of Comares

The foundation of Comares dates back to the 7th century BC, by the Greeks who sailed along the shores of the Mediterranean. However, it was with the Arabs that it acquired greater importance, being a strategic point in the fight against the Emirate of Cordoba, and from where its name, Qumarix, or Qámara, comes from.

Hidden cistern of Mazmúllar | andaluciamia.com
Hidden cistern of Mazmúllar | andaluciamia.com

In 1487 the castle of Comares surrendered to the Reconquest of the Christian troops. Subsequently, it was also an impassable point of resistance during the Napoleonic invasion, and in the 19th century it was ravaged by phylloxera, ruining the extensive and well-known vineyards in the area.

What to see and do in Comares

What to see in Comares

As part of the Raisin Route, Comares is surrounded by large vineyards that offer a visual spectacle. Don’t miss out on tasting the different typical Malaga wines produced in this village and in the other villages on this route, such as Almáchar and Totalán. The most typical is the sweet wine, of which many varieties are produced depending on the ripeness of the grape, the concentration of sugar or the way it ripens.

Sultanas used to make the sweet wine | comares.es
Sultanas used to make the sweet wine | comares.es

In addition, there are several charming villages nearby, such as La Alquería and Mazmullar, where you can find in the latter an ancient cistern (Aljibe de Mazmullar), which is part of the remains of a Muslim settlement. There are also remains of the Torre del Homenaje (keep) and of ancient walls nearby.

It is believed that these remains correspond to one of the lost cities of the province, namely Qamara. The inhabitants of this settlement fled after it was razed to the ground by Abderramán III and ended up settling on the nearby plateau where the present-day Comares developed.

What to do in Comares

If you are looking for a bit of atmosphere and fiesta, the Comares fair is held in August, where the whole village gathers to celebrate throughout the village with music, local wine and typical gastronomy, such as ajoblanco, a dish from the mountains or migas (fried breadcrumbs).

Views from the village | comares.es
Views from the village | comares.es

Other active tourism activities in Comares include a 436 metre zip line from the village where you can glide over the views from the plateau, climb the via ferrata of Comares or follow one of the hiking trails of the Axarquia.

If you prefer to stroll through this beautiful white village in Malaga, you have to go into the village and walk through the narrow streets and passages, passing under the many Moorish arches that still remain from the period.

How to get to Comares

How to get there by bus

Due to its intricate location, there are not many ways to get to the village. The only means of public transport is by bus. From Malaga bus station there are an average of 2 buses to Comares, costing around 5 euros.

How to get there by car

For the driving enthusiast, a drive along the winding roads leading to Comares is a unique experience that complements a visit to the village itself. If you want to rent a car without excess in Malaga you can rent one in the airport area, and from there you can move freely to all the destinations you want to visit.

All you have to do is follow the MA-20 until you reach the turn-off for the A-7. Then, before reaching Rincón de la Victoria, take exit 246B towards Olías, and then take exit 5 towards Comares. For greater clarity, we explain it to you on the map below.

Map of Comares

As you can see in the following map of Comares, the village is located in an elevated mountainous area of difficult access and convoluted roads. Find out how to get there and the best places to visit.

For more information visit the Comares Town Hall website at: https://www.comares.es/

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