Comares is a wonderful, traditional Andalusian village, nestled in beautiful landscape which offers a real opportunity to relax and unwind.
Perched on the top of a hill some 740 metres above sea level, it affords some stunning views across the majestic landscape, to the coast, lake and mountains. During the day Comares sits atop its hill, clusters of whitewashed Andalusian village houses visible from a distance; at night the village lights sparkle and almost make the town appear as it is floating in the sky.
The village features as a point on the scenic Ruta de la Pasa (Route of the Raisin). The village and surrounding area brings together a happy and lively community with several local bars and restaurants.
Comares is situated 15 kilometres north of the coast as the crow flies. The city of Málaga is 35 kilometres away, a journey which takes around one hour.
The area has been occupied since Roman times and was also at one point occupied by the Moors. There is a Moorish fortress, La Tahona, which still has its two turrets intact; the fortress was originally a Roman military outpost. Comares has a history of rebellion against Muslim and Christian rulers.
Of particular interest to the visitor are a series of ceramic plaques, which depict the history of the village, medieval arches and footprint paving tiles which act as a guide through the main streets of the town. The local church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación was built in the 16th century of Mudejar style.
Throughout the narrow, winding streets of Comares you will encounter a wealth of historical reminders.
There is a good quality municipal pool in Comares, which is open during the summer months, and a larger and very attractive municipal pool, set in gardens in the nearby village of Benamargosa, about 10 minutes drive away. If you feel like a trip to the coast, the pleasant town of Torre del Mar and its beaches is just 30 minutes away by car.
The nearest golf course is at El Candado east of Málaga, it is around 35 kilometres away, and equally 35 minutes drive. It is a very attractive course with fantastic views and enjoyable for all levels of player.
Comares' cuisine is typical of the region, with lots of seafood, meat and rice on the menu. There are a number of tapas bars, restaurants and cáfes in Comares and a diverse choice of what to eat.
Tapas are a delicious way to savour lots of different local specialities and although the portions are small there is no limit to how many you can order! In some of the more traditional bars you will often get a ‘tapa’ (small tapas dishes) for free with a caña (small beer).
Comares enjoys a typical sub-tropical Mediterranean climate with balmy hot summers and mild winters. Divided from the sea by the mountains means the heat can soar in summer, but it remains comfortable for the most part. Temperatures average 32-35 ºC during the summer months.