Antequera – So much to see, so much to do
Antequera is a wonderful and historic town that lies north of Malaga and south of Cordoba. The town of Antequera is a mixture of modern and historic buildings and a place that is very “Andalucia”
Naming all the places to visit in Antequera would take up pages on this website. So, I will be providing links to websites that are of interest.
For a start there are more than 30 churches. Many of them elegant and ornate, so much so, the town is referred to as the “Florence of Andalucia”.
My first link for you is to the Lonely Planet website where you will find a good list of sites to visit.
Antequera: Moors, Romans and Spaniards
To understand the town of Antequera, you really need to look back over the long history that has made it the historic gem that it is. Go way back!
One of the top tourist attractions to Antequera are the Dolmens. Located at the heart of Andalusia in southern Spain, the site comprises three megalithic monuments: the Menga and Viera dolmens and the Tholos of El Romeral, and two natural monuments: La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal mountainous formations, which are landmarks within the property.
They were built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age out of large stone blocks, these monuments form chambers with lintelled roofs or false cupolas.
These three tombs, buried beneath their original earth tumuli, are one of the most remarkable architectural works of European prehistory and one of the most important examples of European Megalithism.
Please follow this link to the Unesco site to read more about this great monument.
The city was known to the Ancient Romans as Anticaria or Antiquaria. It lay within the lands of Tartessos and their successors the Turdetani, the most civilized of the Prehistoric Iberians. Carthaginian Iberia developed along the coast from the sixth century bce, with their port of Malaca (Málaga) on Anticaria’s coast. Read more on Wikipedia.
The town of Antequera has plenty of modern buildings and monuments. Entering the town there is a Paseo Real, a tree lined walkway that leads up to the Estepa Gate. This is an old monument that was destroyed and rebuilt and mark the entrance to Antequera.
Across from the Estepa Gate is the Antequera Bullring.
All around the town there are lots of shops, bars, restaurants and little squares where you can get a good coffee or a glass or two of wine.
Most places have WIFI available and the shopping is second to none. The only problem with shopping in Antequera is that the shops close at 14:00hrs and re-open again at 17:30. If you are going shopping, get there at 10am.
Along the main street that runs from one end of town to the other, you will find plenty of bars and cafe’s with my favourite being a small place on Calle Enfante Don Fernando called “La Herradura” (Horseshoe)
There is a large shopping mall, very handy if you are on holiday and want to stock up in one place. A” Wally Bus” or tourist bus is available, this has just been updated from the old bus which was more akin to a milk float. The tourist bus will take you around all the monuments and places of interest, including the Dolmens.
Antequera is a place you really should visit. Young and old alike will love a day out in this beautiful and historical Andalucian town.