Antequera, a traditional town in Andalucia

Malaga Airport, on Spain’s Costa del Sol, is easy to reach from the UK. Beach holidays are not the only reason for visiting the area; historic towns, mountain scenery and protected natural areas are accessible.

White houses, red roofs in Antequera,
White houses, red roofs in Antequera,

Arriving at Malaga, traditional Spanish towns are only a short drive away but a world away in ambience. Fifty or so km north on Malaga is Antequera, an ancient town on a hill overlooking a fertile valley which has been settled since at least the Bronze age.

San Sebastian Square, Antequera
San Sebastian Square, Antequera

Today it is a typically Spanish town of white houses and red roofs with many churches and a central fortress, the Alcazaba, at its highest point. San Sebastian square in the centre of Antequera has a central fountain and a beautiful church with orange tree ouutside; reasonably priced hotels and guest houses are in side streets here. Pavement cafes provide coffee and breakfast for visitors, who are mainly Spanish; speaking a bit of Spanish is useful.

Cafe, San Sebastian Square
Cafe, San Sebastian Square

The Calle Infante Don Fernando, the city’s main artery, runs north from the square. Much of Antequera still has its medieval street plan and is best to explore on foot, enjoying the views on the climb upwards to the Alcazaba.

Calle Infante Don Fernando
Calle Infante Don Fernando

Much of Antequera still has its medieval street plan and is best to explore on foot, enjoying the views on the climb upwards to the Alcazaba.

Old street in Antequera
Old street in Antequera
Walking around Antequera
Walking around Antequera
Stork nesting in Antequera
Stork nesting in Antequera

 

 

Near Antequera there are two natural parks: Fuente de Piedra Lagoon with Europes second largest colony of flamingos and El Torcal, full of natural sculptures made by wind and erosion on a high limestone massif, with fantastic views and rare flowers.

There are buses and trains from Malaga to Antequera. Hire car is the easiest way to get from Antequerato the natural parks. There is an Alsa bus to El Torcal but not very frequent. The service to Fuente de Piedra looks better but both look like an adventure in reading time-tables and not getting stranded – El Torcal feels wild and remote as the sun sets!

 

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