Antequera, a town on the main crossroads of Andalucia, is an unmissable stop for all travellers. It has been called “the heart of Andalusia.”
The municipality of Antequera, (810.39 km2), is the largest municipality in Malaga province and one of the largest in Spain (fifth in size).
Crowned by the castle walls and the Basilica of Santa Maria, Antequera offers visitors an urban landscape, a maze of streets of different character according to the times, interspersed with innumerable monuments. It also offer splendid landscapes such as the Vega, the dam of El Chorro, or the Natural Park of “El Torcal“, declared a protected area by the Government of Andalusia, where you can enjoy hiking, horse riding or cycling.
The archaeological remains such as megalithic tombs found in the Antequera area suggest that there were settlements of some importance since ancient times, between 2000 and 2500 BC and beyond.
Antequera retains much of its original name, Antikaria, of Roman origin. In fact, the foundation of Antequera is closely related to the existence of the Roman town of Antikaria, which created the only College of Pontiffs of the Caesars in the peninsula. During the fourteenth century the city was a Muslim stronghold that served to protect the borders of the kingdom of Granada against Christian attacks. After the Christian reconquest, Antequera was declared a city on November 9, 1441 by a royal decree.
Antequera, in the XXI century, is considered a city with very promising development prospects. This is due in large part to its important cultural and artistic heritage, which is turning the city into a major tourist destination.
Arch of the Giants
Dolmen of Viera
Dolmen of Menga
Dolmen of El Romeral
Casa de los Serraider
Casa del Conde Pinofiel
St. Mary’s Roman Baths
Peña de los Enamorados
Casa Conde de Colchados
Santo Domingo Basilica
Santa María de Jesús Church
Ntra. Señora de Loreto Church
Tribuna de la Cruz Blanca Chapel
Ntra. Señora de los Remedios Church
Gómez Serrano House
San José Convent
San Pedro Parish
San Miguel Parish
Peña de los Enamorados
San Agustín Convent
San Sebastián Collegiate
Madre de Dios Convent
Santa Eufemia Convent
San Zoilo Royal Monastery
San Juan Bautista Parish
Marqués de Villadarías Palace
Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor
Gastronomy is an additional attraction of tourism in Antequera. In our region, the food is determined by geography, for products that are harvested in the Vega with a predominance of cereals, vegetables and olive oil, and the idiosyncrasies of the people. One of the most famous dishes of the gastronomy of Antequera is the porra, which is made primarily with bread, oil, garlic, tomatoes and peppers. Other top dishes are the garlic soup, paprika, soup with mayonnaise, breadcrumbs and some salads, such as thistles.
In our kitchen are also popular game dishes such as rabbit and goat grazing country houses, and the recipes for pickled fish, a way of preserving food that goes back to Roman times.In the section on desserts, excel bienmesabe, a sweet made out of ground almonds, sponge fingers and angel hair,visitors to the city may acquire in our cafeterias and cloistered convents (such as the Convent of Bethlehem or of San José ). In these same establishments, but on the eve and Christmas season, put on sale mantecados, anothertypical sweet cuisine of Antequera. Nor should we forget the pestiños, torrijas and donuts, typical of Easter.
And we can not close this paragraph without talking about the “mollete”, enjoy soon appellation of origin, which is a type of Arab bread, white crumb and lightly cooked, prepared using traditional methods.Muffin lends itself to multiple accompaniments: butter, oil, fried zurrapa loin, pate, sausage, etc., And consume it feels good any time of day. It is sold in bakeries and supermarkets, and can taste it in any of the bars in the city.
How to get there
Antequera is articulated with the most important communication networks Andalusia
* By railway has two stations, the Antequera and Bobadilla.Bobadilla station is one of the hubs largest railroads in Andalusia and Spain. * Its roads have been improved with the construction of highways Granada-Sevilla and Malaga, Antequera, linked both.In the near future, this meeting knot cities in Andalusia Cordoba will join his new highway under construction, thereby also significantly reduce the distance between Antequera and the capital of Spain.
Antequera, with a bus station, offers travelers a regular service to all peoples of the region and cities in Andalusia.
Distances from the town
Malaga 50 km
Seville 160 km
Córdoba 117 km
Granada 104 km