Very near Cómpeta you'll encounter some extremly charming small villages, such as Canillas de Albaida, Corumbela, Arenas, Archez, Salares, and Sayalonga. They all have strong Moorish influences and perch on the flanks of the Tejeda and Almijara mountains. An excellent way to visit these villages is by following the so-called Mudejar route. The Mudejar building style is typically Spanish: after the "reconquest" on the Moores the christian rulers were so impressed by the muslim building style, that it strongly influenced their architecture. In Archez, for example, you'll find one of the best preserved minarets in Mudejar style, near the church.

More on the Mudejar route and other car trips in our Guest's Guide.