Size: 25,30 Km?
Average temperature: 16?C
Residents known as: Comare?os
Monuments: Castle of Comares, Moorish water reservoir of the Meseta de Mazm?llar and the Church of Nuestra Se?ora de la Encarnaci?n.
Geographical situation: 28 kms. From Malaga and 24 from V?lez
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza del General?simo, 1. 29195
Phone: 952 509 233

The little village of Comares lies at the dividing line where the Malaga mountains meet the Axarqu?a region, in the east of the province. The best way to reach the village, situated on a natural terrace, is to take the old mountain road, the N 340, from the city of Malaga up into the Malaga Mountains Nature Park. Climb up the twisty road until you come to the country restaurant known as Venta Galgwey, one of the oldest and most historical of all the old inns on this road, and then turn right onto the Comares road. At this point the leafy mountains give way to fields, scattered trees and a large number of farmhouses, many of which nestle in the hillside towards the bottom of valleys. Soon you will see the village itself hanging on to the mountainside, but before you reach it you will pass a large number of country inns dating from the time, not long ago, when this road was one of the province?s most important thoroughfares.
From one of these inns, Los Ventorros, there is a magnificent view of the Mazm?llar Meseta, a solid rock about two kilometres from the village where the remains of a ninth century Arab settlement and constructed water reservoir have been found. Carry on into the village and up to the natural end of the road at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. This is right on the top of a hill overlooking the Tajo, with a magnificent view over the Axarqu?a. The village of Comares is small but quite charming, with typically Andalusian narrow streets, whitewashed walls and barred windows, while the sills in front of them are a mass of plant pots filled with geraniums. The land around the village is uneven and mountainous, with two large rocky promontories that are natural balconies looking over the land, one being the town itself and the other the Hill of Mazm?llar. The River Cauce, the main source of water, is fed by streams and brooks and surrounds the whole municipality.

El Molino de los Abuelos. Specialising in home cooking. Balc?n de la Axarqu?a, n?mero 2.Comares. Tel: 952 509 309.
Bar-Restaurante La Plaza. Specialising in kid in sauce and home cooking. Plaza General?simo, 3. Comares. Tel: 952 509 298.
Bar-Restaurante Ortega. Specialising in lamb. Lugar la Loma, 4. Tel: 952 115 333.
Bar Mar?n. Llano Almendra, 69. Tel: 952 115 441.
Bar Cabello. Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, 21. Tel: 952 509 217.

El Molino Hostal-Restaurante. Barriada Ventorros, 13. Tel: 952 030 012.
Hostal Atalaya. Las Encinillas, 7. Tel: 952 509 208.
El Molino de los Abuelos. Balc?n de la Axarqu?a, number 2. Tel: 952 50 93 09
Camping Mirador de la Axarqu?a. Las Encinillas. Tel: 952 509 209 y 952 509 271..


The days when Comares forgets that it is a sleepy village and comes to life are August 25th, 26th and 27th, the time of the fair in honour of St Hilaire de Poitiers. January 14th is when the image of the patron saint is carried in procession with verdiales music afterwards. Special mention should be made of the difference between the verdiales music here and in other places like the Agujero area, Matagatos, los Pintaos and Barranco del Sol, the music in Comares being faster in rhythm, with a livelier melody and the use of the lute, introduced as a novelty some years ago.

While you are here try some of the delicious local dishes. Soups are the speciality, such as gazpachuelo, and in winter, potato broth and tomato soup. Because of its proximity to the Axarq?a, the cuisine of the town is not very different from that of the Axarqu?a region. The local cuisine is heavier in winter, with potato stews, tomato soup and the local ajoblanco soup. Comares is also famous for its sweet muscatel wine. It is in this village, too, that many of the costumes worn by flamenco Verdiales groups are created, especially the spectacular headgear, with ribbons and mirrors. Sandals and baskets made of esparto grass are also woven here.

 
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