The Moorish culture can be found everywhere in Andalusia. Especially the royal cities of Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla have fantastic buildings from this rich period: The Mezquita, Reales Alcazares and of course the Alhambra.
But also in the picturesque
white villages of the Axarquia region, you will find many Moorish and Mudéjar remains. The tower of the church on the square of Cómpeta, for example, dates from the Mudejar period.
Mudéjar is a building style from just after the reconquista that was strongly inspired by earlier Moorish building styles. Some Mudejar buildings can hardly be distinguished from Moorish, but developed their own style characteristics, such as the use of brick in towers and palaces, or extravagantly decorated wooden ceilings. The Mudéjar style dates from the transition period from Arab to Catholic rule (reconquista).
Ferias y Fiestas
Spaniards love to celebrate. Ferias y Fiestas are organised all year-round all-over Spain and especially in Andalusia.
Ferias resemble our fairs
and are often combined with flamenco performances or folkloric music competitions. Each fiesta has its own character and, in the summer, every village around Cómpeta organises its own fiestas.
A few examples: Noche del Vino in Cómpeta (mid-August) dedicated to the grape harvest. Feria de Cómpeta (end of July). Fiesta del Níspero in Sayalonga, the medlar festival (early May). Fiesta de San Anton in Canillas de Albaida with the theme of blessing the animals (January).
In addition there are
the national catholic holidays. Then the statues of saints are taken from the churches, beautifully decorated and carried on pallbearers in an extremely solemn manner through the village or district. An absolute highlight is the Semana Santa, the week before Easter. Very spectacular are the processions in Seville and Málaga, but also in small villages like Cómpeta extensive processions are held.