Antequera Travel Guide

  • Franciscan Convent and Mozarab Chapel site
    Franciscan Convent and Mozarab Chapel...
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  • View of Antequera from the Alcazaba
    View of Antequera from the Alcazaba
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  • Puente Viejo from below
    Puente Viejo from below
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Antequera Things to Do

  • Trinidad Convent

    I think that I never made such a rushy visit anywhere, as this in Antequera. I've been there in 1963 (wow! 52 years ago), and it didn't mean much to my young student expectations. I passed nearby several time, never entering, but this time, I decided to look around. The problem is that it was sunday, the commerce was closed, and, with Fernanda...

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  • El Torcal National Park

    Although this is not actually in Antequera it is the most wonderful place to visit, so it deserves a tip to itself.The park and nature reserve covers an area of some 17 square kilometres and is a limestone...'karst'..landscape,. with towers and spires or rocks carved into strange shapes by eons of wind and rain, sinkholes, crevasses and caves...

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  • A little bit of Roman...

    The upper part of Antequera is built on the original Roman fortress and settlement. Occasionaly, bits and pieces come to light when ground becomes available for excavation.To the side of plaza Santa Maria you can see the ongoing excavation of Roman baths. Several mosaics have already been found and have been removed to safety for conservation and...

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  • Real Colegiata de Santa María La Mayor

    This large church...the Royal Collegiate Church of St Mary Major..stands in the older, upper part of Antequera. It dates from the early 1500s and is the first church built at that time which has Renaissance architectural elements (hence its pinnacles). The tower to one side was not built until the 1700s.The church has three naves, with a beautiful...

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  • Alcazaba

    I didn't manage to visit Antequera's Alcazaba. It was closed. But if you get chance this ancient fortification, like all similar in Spain, is well worth exploring.Antequera's Alcazaba (Moorish fortress) dates from the 110s, altough most of what you can see is from the 1300s. It was specifically built to keep an eye on, and defend against, Christian...

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  • Capilla Tribuna Virgen Socorro

    Also called the Portichuelo Chapel, this attractive building stands on the small, attractive Plaza Portichuelo in the upper part of Antequera.It is not as old as it appears, and certainly not as old as I originally thought it was. It dates from 1715 (though possibly built on the site of an earlier chapel) and its function seems rather unclear:...

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  • Iglesia San Sebastian

    ....or, to give the church its full name, Iglesia Colegial y Mayor Parroquial de San Sebastián.The church stands on Plaza San Sebasian (not surprisingly) and dates from the 1540s, though its tall brick bell-tower is from the early 1700s and links Moorish Mudejar architecture with Baroque elements. Standing 60 metres high, with a 3+ metre angel...

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  • Those small architectural pleasures.....

    Even in the lower part of Antequera, nowhere near as ancient as the upper town, you'll still find some lovely historical architecture and, most especially, some beautiful tiling in the entrance ways to the larger, more impressive houses.It's worth keeping your eyes open as you wander because, although you often cannot actually go inside, exterior...

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  • Plaza Coso Viejo

    This smallish square, now pedestrianised, lies just off Calle Encarnacion in the historical centre of the lower town.Plaza Coso Viejo was once called 'Plaza de los Vegetables', because it is where the city's markets used to take place.The Municipal Museum (housed in the Palace of Najera, which dares from the 1700s) lies along one side of the...

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Antequera Hotels

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  • Parador

    The hotel has a large car park. The car in the third photo is a Kia Picanta which was my Hertz hire...

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  • Finca Eslava

    We stayed here as an alternative to malaga as we wanted to visit Grenada, Seville and Cordoba and we...

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  • Lozano

    Avda. Principal 2, Poligono Industrial, Antequera, 29200, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Antequera Restaurants

  • Expensive

    No, I'm not proud of my decision to stop and to eat in Antequera. The restaurant is well located, by the highway, it looks nice, the stake was big, but the prices were so high that I think they payed a high salary to the flies that made us company during all the lunch.

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  • Intriguing restaurant in converted olive...

    Not only does the menu offer some unusual twists to local fare but the restaurant itself has plenty to hold your interest. Set in a converted olive oil mill, the original 'workings' have pride of place in the centre of the restaurant with tables weaved in between the huge pieces.The menu offers some great dishes; venison in redcurrant sauce, lamb...

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  • If chocolate's your thing - head here!

    This is a great little stop for either breakfast, lunch or a coffee. There's always a nice buzz here with a blend of locals and Antequera daytrippers just chilling and enjoying the simple food on offer. It's a modern, efficient cafe and I particularly like the photographic prints displayed by local artists. Breakfast: toasted local bread with olive...

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  • Get your good grub here

    The restaurant/bar doesn't look look very flash inside but the food is certainly worth it. It looks like a typical Andaluz place with tiles on the walls and a bar at the front ,then a place to sit and drink a coffee, then the Comedor (eating zone) at the back. I would recommend it for lunch the most. Duck with Orange Sauce for 10 or so Euros.My...

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  • Confitería Marengo

    Confitería Marengo is a good place for a lunch time snack as a change from the many tapis bars. There are a lot of tempting meringues, cakes, pastries etc. to eat there or to have wrapped up to take home!

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  • A picnic by the rocks

    It was coming up on 1 PM by the time we headed down off Torcal but, since Sevilla was still quite a drive away, we decided to pull off the narrow park road onto one of their many pull-outs with a view so we could have a little 'picnic' of sorts in our rental car. Before heading off into the wilds of Spain we always made sure to stop at a Super...

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Antequera Nightlife

  • Eat your dinner to the howling of wolves

    On Friday and Saturday nights 8-12pm, the Wolf Park host special 'Howl Nights' which include a tour of the enclosures and a dinner to the accompaniment of the wolves chorus. Havent been yet myself but those who have say its an experience you'll never forget.

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  • Open Air Concerts overlooking Antequera

    The Antequera Golf Hotel host events in the Golf Club grounds during the summer. Last year, I saw famous spanish pop singer David Bisbal - it was fab, sitting under the stars, the lights of Antequera twinkling below and professional live entertainment.Call into the hotel reception area and ask if there are any events scheduled - you don't want to...

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  • The only bar I know in Antequera

    This little bar is really well decorated from the back wall space mural, to the groovy chairs, stools and lighting (predominantly blues, reds and greens). The music is not your typical Spanish pop, instead it is something just a little more funky.Even the toilets are interestingly decorated and are worth a look even if you don't need to go...

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Antequera Transportation

  • Public transport Málaga-Antequera/Fuente...

    Fuente de Piedra itself has a small railway station, so it may be possible to go all the way by train from Málaga. See http://www.webmalaga.com/turismo/transportes/trenes/ficha.asp?cod=350&mun=29055 - I would suggest you e-mail them from the link on the page to find out times etc. As others have said, going by bus all the way is another option and...

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  • Easier to reach Antequera/Torcal by...

    When we travel, Sue and I like to be independent to do our own thing and it usually involves getting off the beaten track to see places such as Torcal Nature Park. As a result, we almost always hire a car if it makes any sense at all given the circumstances of where we are visiting. In this case, because Sue's sister was joining us from England for...

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  • Trains

    Antequera has a train station which is connected directly to Almeria, Granada and Sevilla. To get or go to other places by train you will have to change. For example to go from Cadiz I change at Dos Hermanas.Antequera is and hour and a half from sevilla and another hour and a half from Granada by train.

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Antequera Shopping

  • Shopping Centre

    On the outskirts of town you will find a very large Eroski. Eroski is really a supermarket but all you see are signs for Eroski on this shopping centre. The Shopping centre is mainly filled with clothes and shoe shops but there are also places to eat and a cinema (don't expect to be able to watch original version films though).

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  • Ideal shop for local handicraft gifts

    This workshop is worth the short drive out of Antequera. It sells ceramics (including the famous 'lattice-stlye' alfaferia pottery), woven wall hangings and rugs, basketware, gift boxed-local produce and marquetry.

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  • Traditional & Modern Furniture Mecca

    If you're looking to furnish a property you've bought locally and dont want to schlepp to Ikea and kit it out with the same old stuff then head for Lucena! This town is 30 mins north of Antequera, direction Cordoba and has loads of huge furniture stores/warehouses which offer everything from traditional wrought iron work, wooden furniture for...

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Antequera Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful if you have nut allergies

    As almonds are prolific in this area, they are often used to thicken sauces or soups and will often have nothing in the menu to indicate this. If you do have an allergy, ask 'lleva nueces?' (prononunced 'yeba noo-eth-ess'). Better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Don't get shot!

    If you enjoy getting up with the lark and hiking through the wonderful countryside, do be careful, especially on a Sunday!There are many areas surrounding Antequera where locals head off early Sunday morning to hunt rabbits, partridge, hare....small animals and in the more hilly areas, 'jabalis' - wild boar. You will see them striding through...

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  • Carry documents in car

    Please ensure when you are driving in Spain that you carry both your driving license and the insurance papers for the car. - it is ILLEGAL not to do so as is carrying a reflector jacket to be worn if you break down and a spare pair of glasses if you cannot drive without them!You can be fined on the spot. Police in this area are pretty hot about...

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Antequera Tourist Traps

  • Beware: Smooth talking property sales...

    Be careful not to get swept away with the romance of it all here. A harmless wander into one of the many Antequera Estate Agents could see you schmoozed into, there and then putting a small deposit on a dream off-plan house. 'Not me', I hear you say - 'who'd be so naive'. Many would, could and are. This is not a situation for spontaneity. Check out...

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  • Beware with cold and heat in Torcal de...

    Torcal is one of the nature´s treasures in Antequera (see my tip in Things to do), but it can be cold in winter and very hot in summer and, nowadays, you don´t have any place up there to buy warm clother nor water, caps... and, by this days, you don´t have a building to stay because is being remodelated right now. If you are planning to visit...

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Antequera Off The Beaten Path

  • Go birdwatching at Laguna de Fuente de...

    Laguna de Fuente Piedra is a lake about 20 km north of Antequera (on the road to Sevilla) and is synonymous with flamingoes. This is one of the most important breeding site of the species in all of Europe where at its peak, numbers reach up to 30,000 birds. It does seem unlikely that flamingoes and dozens of other species converge in this...

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  • Dolmens of Antequera

    When thinking in Antequera, one of the most interesting sights is its dolmens. The closest ones to the city are the ones of Menga & Viera. It is just outside Antequera in direction to Malaga before the industrial Area

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  • The hill top castle at Teba

    A 30 minute drive West of Antequera is the small town of Teba which boasts one of the few castles (ruin )in the area. The Castillo de la Estrella. originally built by the Romans, can be seen for miles around and is one of the reasons that Teba has been declared of historical interest. If you're a keen bird watcher, this is great territory for...

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Antequera Favorites

  • GETTING TO THE CASTILLO

    The Tour Bus let us out at the Plaza Coso Viejo where the Palacio de Najera is. When you walk to the rear of the Plaza, you turn left one block and then right and you will see the stairs that take you up to the Castle. It's quite a climb, but so worth it.I just took my time and made my way up.

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  • ANCESTRAL HOMES

    The nobility settled during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, in Antequera. They built magnificent ANCESTRAL HOMES of which lasting testimonies remain. One of the most notable is the Palace of Najera (Pic # 5) which is now the Municipal Museum. Remarkable examples of Baroque are the house of the Marquis of La Pena, that of the Baron of...

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  • ARCO DE LOS GIGANTES - ANO DE 1585

    Built in 1585 by Felipe II, the ARCO DE LOS GIGANTES or "Arch of the Giants" leads to the medieval Alcazaba and Church of Real Colegiata de Santa Maria La Mayor.Spectacular views of the city can be seen from this area of Antequera, which was by the way quite a climb. But we were well rewarded with wonderful views, especially of "La Pena de los...

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