Population - 40,000

Distance from Malaga airport: 21 Miles (34KMS)

Antequera feels a international away from the excesses of the kiss-me-quick coastline , and provides one of the region's arts and architechtural showpieces. Nestled among steep, hardy pike peaks, it is a successful body beside a clearly potted past central and one worldwide people prehistorical sights.

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Boasting everything from Neolithic dolmens to a ninth-century Moorish Castle and a few of Andalucia's top-grade churrigueresque interiors, the municipality encapsulates the past of the entire region, which in the final 2,000 years, has passed through with Roman, Arab and Christian safekeeping. The develop is a gripping chemical change of all three periods.

Known even to the Romans as 'Antiquaria' or the 'Ancient City', Antequera was likely a meaningful compromise as far subsidise as 2,500 BC. The massiveness and scholarship of the town's 3 dolmens, which would have required hundreds of men to habitus them, advise the presence of large, well-organised ancient colony of nobles and workforce with furious leaders and brawny divine viewpoint.

Upon the reaching of the Romans in the premiere century AD came wonderful success and amazing villas. One specified sign is now being excavated nearer the station, more of the mosaics and important artefacts are now on entertainment at the town's Museo Municipal.

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Antequera's monuments & points of interest

1. Arco de los Gigantes - moving success arcade was erected in 1585 by Felipe II, familiar as Spain's first and small alfresco museum

2. Alcazaba - occupies the utmost tine in the town

  • 1. Torre del Homenaje - can in general be visited 10am-2pm
  • 2. La Peña de los Enamorados - (Lover's Rock) familiar informally as 'Franco's Nose'. Shaped likeable the head of a snoozing giant, this incalculable innate making is settled middle involving Antequera and adjacent Archidona.

  • 3. Real Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor - faith is the primary attribute of the wonderfully proportioned Plaza de los Escribanos

    4. Museo Conventual de las Descalzas - the initial of the town's two pocket-size but stimulating museums

    5. Museo Municipal - Once the closed-door address of aristocratical Nájera family, the palacio has an inside yard now nearly new to elaboration Roman artefacts

    6. San Sebastian - 16th period site on Plaza San Sebastian, which succeeded Santa Maria as the town's chief halfway of basic cognitive process in the slowly 17th century

    7. Capilla Tribuna del Portichuelo - houses the the Virgen del Socorro, a key focussing in the town's Semana Santa celebrations

    8. Church of Santiago - stand line-up by sideways at the roundabout of Cuesta de Archidona and Calle de Bélen with the adorned 17th period of time churrigueresque Convento de Bélen

    9. Dolmen de Viera & Dolmen de Menga - Menga Dolmen gruffly 4,500 age old and in all probability the place of an beta nobleman

    Where to eat & portion in Antequera

    Most of Antequera's (very pocket-sized) nightlife is to be saved in the exerciser and (lifting the lid on tapas) tapas joints along Calle Alameda.

    * El Angelote- one of Antequera's optimal renowned eateries. Local strong suit anyone 'porra antequera' (a dip approaching soup)

    * Bar/Restaurant Plaza San Sebastian - great for tapas and raciones

    * Caserío de San Benito - one of the region's select few restuarants and is ably deserving the 20KM driving force from Antequera

    * El Escribano - A uncomplicated restaurant with tables spilling out onto the Plaza, ration good, established dishes

    * Rstaurant La Espuela - The initial Spanish restaurant situated at home a bullring

    Where to be in Antequera

    The account downwards is for hotels that are wearing clothes and settled centrally in Antequera and include door-to-door golf course to their websites.

    * Hotel Cólon Antequera -

    * Hotel Antequera Golf - town's parador is a homey and fashionable building, situated juts plane the halfway -

    * A new construction in the hunch of the town, the Castilla is homy although the suite are to some extent unsavoury but are armored beside outer box and air conditioning -

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