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This municipality in the province of Malaga is situated about 24 kilometres away from Velez-Malaga, at the foothills of the Malaga mountains. This white village was originally Muslim and it stands out for the traces of its Arabic past and its medieval period.
History of Comares
Comares was founded by the Arabs who named it “Hins-Qomarix”, which means “Castle of height”. They found remains of roman presence, although its tracks of having passed through Comares have gradually disappeared over the passage of the centuries. What did endure however is the Arabic style in the enlargement of the houses outside the castle up the mountainside. The only thing left of the Comares castle are the remains of one of its walls and two of its towers, although in the past it was the defensive epicentre of the surrounding municipalities and the bastion in the defence against the invasion of the Christian troops, who finally invaded the city on the 29th of April 1487, on the day the surrender of Comares took place.
After the conquest of Comares, 30 Muslim families who decided to become Christians were baptised in the street that is known today as ‘calle del perdon’ (forgiveness street), although later on the continuously increasing demands towards the Moors, would cause these to leave the peninsula and head to the north of Africa.
Comares is also part of the history of the famous Andalusian bandits, as it was in fact the birthplace of some of those bandits who travelled around from one village to another during the 19th century looking to mug anyone on these paths, or defending the area from the Napoleonic invasion.
Places to visit in Comares
The whole village of Comares is worth visiting, its narrow streets that meander upwards, where each step we take, transports us to the past, to when the fortress was built that originally dominated the scenery and that today all that’s left are two towers that reinforced the wall. In the oldest street we’ll come across arches from the medieval period.
Apart from the several Arab remains that are worth visiting, the village has religious buildings that were built as from the Christian invasion like the Encarnacion parish church, which is located right at the top and has 16th century Moorish style.
La Tahona Bastion Castle:
Popular festivities in Comares
Comares offers a few popular festivities that are definitely worth discovering for their tradition:
Los Ventorros fair:
Fair of the Caves:
San Hilario Poitiers:
How to get to Comares
You can reach Comares in just about an hour from Malaga if you have your own vehicle (if you don’t have a vehicle you can hire a car at Malaga airport or at the Maria Zambrano train station). It’s a journey of about 50 kilometres from Malaga to Comares and on the map below you’ll see the route that we have selected.
Following the Mediterranean motorway and turning off to take the route towards Olías, from where we’ll have to continue until we reach Comares.
Tourist information about Comares:
Town council: Plaza del Generalísimo, 1. 29195 Málaga
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