History, hiking and more, away from the travel crowds

The Moors called the city Medina Antequera and then tried to protect it from the Christian Kings for over two hundred years. Finally, the Moors were driven away in the early 15th century when Ferdinand 1 of Aragon, regained the dominion of this much sought after city.

Antequera . . . Off the Coach-Tour Circuit

In the mountains about an hour from Malaga, Antequera is mostly overlooked by tourists in favor of the Costa del Sol. Here is a real Spanish town and not tourist trap, the city is wonderful to visit year round.

Favoured by the emirs of Granada, Antequera’s hilltop Moorish
fortress has a fascinating history

Antequera has seen Roman ownership, and of course was governed by the Moors, responsible for the creation of the Alcazaba which dominates the town from its position alongside the barrio (district) of San Juan. Antequera was one of the last towns to fall (the last was the city of Granada) to the Christian crusade. The museum, in the town centre, contains relics to these periods. Antequera´s `Golden Age´ was during the 16th – 18th centuries, when many of the significant buildings were built.

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The Arco de los Gigantes (arch of the giants), which is situated near the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa Mariá la Mayor, was built in the late 16th century to replace a Moorish gate, as an artistic symbol of the Roman past of Antequera and the surrounding region

Evening at Plaza San Sebastian, Antequera Spain

Plaza San Sebastian was created in 1508 as a result of a royal warrant by Doña Juana La Loca

A small town with great dining

A tasty tapa of local artisanal cheese with a fruit relish at Arte de Cozina Antequers Andalucia Spain

 

A tasty tapa of local artisanal cheese with a fruit relish at Arte de Cozina

Mason la Bombonera Antequera,  Grilled Secreto Ibérico with a quail egg. A favorite all over Spain

The secret at Mason la Bombonera Grilled Secreto Ibérico with a quail egg. A favorite all over Spain.
This dish is served many ways but seldom better than this.

Antequera Dolmens
Top tourist attractions include the Dolmens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of three cultural monuments, the Dolmen of Menga, Dolmen of Viera, Tholos of El Romeral and two natural mountain features, the Peña de los Enamorados and El Torca.

For tours visit the Antequera visitors Centre or check with your hotel.

 

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