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Antequera in Andalucia

A visit to this historical town is a journey almost 5,000 years back in time, beginning with the Bronze Age and the native Iberians. The timeline is there to be followed in this fascinating city's profusion of burial mounds, dolmens, Roman baths, a Moorish Castle, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers Andalucían

Quick information about Antequera:

5.500 residents

Schools, universities

Granada 100km Sevilla 160km

52km to Malaga

Health clinic

Municipal pool

Beach 1h

100km to Granada

Shops, Bars, Restaurants

Golf nearby

Bus service

160Km to Sevilla

Antequera Location

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Antequera Coat of Arms
Ayuntamiento de Antequera

C/Infante Don Fernando, 70 29200 Antequera, Málaga Telephone: 952-708-100

http://www.antequera.es/

Town Hall, Antequera

Antequera information

The first sighting of Antequera in the distance is that of a typical medieval town, with the spires of her many churches and the walls and towers of the great Moorish fortress silhouetted against the sky

Spread out in the valley below lie rich farmlands irrigated by the Guadalhorce River. For centuries this has been one of Andalucía's most fertile areas, and is currently a leading producer of asparagus, cereals and olives. In summer, its fields turn brilliant yellow with sunflowers

The town and valley are overlooked by an enormous crag of limestone, 880 metres high that resembles a mans face, calledLa Peña de los Enamorados,or"The Lovers' Leap

The name comes from a local legend about an impossible love affair between a young Christian man from Antequera and a beautiful Moorish girl from nearby Archidona, who were driven to the top of the cliff by the Moorish soldiers, where, rather than renounce their love, they chose to hurl themselves into the abyssCueva de la Menga.These megalithic mass tombs, made of huge slabs of rock, were created by the original Iberian people and date back 5,000 years

One of Antequera's most impressive sights is its dolmens, located in a park to the west of the town, the most spectacular of which is the

There are many such dolmens in Andalucía, but none as large as theCueva de la Menga. When it was excavated in the nineteenth century, many hundreds of skeletons were found in its inner chamber

Other fascinating monuments to be seen in the town are the recently excavated Roman baths, the magnificent Renaissance church of Santa María la Mayor Church, the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the 19th century bullring, and the Arch of the Giants, built in 1585, which leads up to the 13th century Moorish castle.

We recommend theConvento de las Descalzas,Barefoot Carmelitas, "Sí",after which you give your order and place your money on the tray

El Torcal Park Nature Reserve is known for unusual limestone rock formations. El Torcal Park Nature Reserve is located about 30 km north of Málaga city in the direction of Antequera near the village ofVillanueva de la Concepción. Within El Torcal Park's 17 square km are some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe. The whole area was under sea until one hundred million years ago

Then the violent movements of the Earth's crust forced it upward into hills and mountains up to 1.300 m. The limestone still kept its layered horizontal formation. Because of this, over the millions of years the rain and wind have been able to chisel away at these layers to form incredible shapes

To reach the heart of the park it is possible to drive up to 1.100 m. above sea level along a good access road into the park. Simply go to the village ofVillanueva de la Concepción and follow the signs toEl Torcal out of the town about 1 km. There is also a very easy and picturesque route from the centre of Antequera

At the parking area you will find an information centre, small museum, with an interesting of view of the wildlife, flora and fauna of the park. Orchid enthusiasts will be captivated by the 30 varieties of the plant growing in the park.

Three routes through the park for walkers have been marked out with different coloured arrows on wooden sticks. The green route is the shortest and easiest, 1,5 km. and takes about 30 minutes. The yellow route covers most of the green area, is 2,5 km. long and takes you to"Las Ventanillas" The Windows, at 1.200 m. for panoramic views of the valley of Málaga and the Mediterranean coast and on clear days straight over to the Atlas Mountain range of North Africa.

Finally the red route is the longest and most difficult, 4,5 km. taking about three hours, with a viewing point 1.339 m. up where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.

You need good walking shoes or trainers, in the warm months take a bottle of water. El Torcal de Antequera - The enchanted mountain range!

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