Explore the wonderful history and nature of Antequera: Dolmens, El Torcal and the Old Town with Alcazaba and Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor
Explore the beautiful history and nature of Antequera
Explore the beautiful history and nature of Antequera. Antequera is known for its impressive sights dating back to ancient times. From imposing monuments to quaint streets, this city offers a unique blend of architecture and heritage.
The majestic Alcazaba: A fortress full of history and stunning views
A paragon of Moorish architecture, Antequera’s Alcazaba tells the story of ancient civilisations that shaped this region. Dating back to the 14th century, the fortress has undergone numerous invasions, sieges and changes over the years.
Once inside, you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful details and structures that testify to its rich past. The mix of Islamic, Christian and Roman influences make this fortress one of a kind. Admire the perfectly preserved walls, towers and gates as you stroll through the winding paths.
But the highlight of a visit to the Alcazaba is undoubtedly the panoramic view of Antequera. From the top, you have a breathtaking view of this charming city surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.
Magnificent architecture at the Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor
The Gothic architecture of the Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor is impressive in its precision and detail. Its high vaults, slender columns and pointed arches create a majestic atmosphere that reflects the grandeur of the divine.
Stepping through the imposing entrance to this sanctuary, one is immediately immersed in a world of splendour. Gothic elements are everywhere, from the elegant stained-glass windows to the finely crafted capitals on the pillars.
Visiting religious buildings like the Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor offers not only an aesthetic experience, but also a chance to learn about Antequera’s rich heritage and history. It is a place where one can reflect and feel connected to centuries-old traditions.
Whether you are a lover of architecture or simply want to enjoy beautiful works of art, this magnificent Gothic church is sure to impress you.
A stroll through the charming old town of Antequera
The narrow cobbled streets will lead you past beautiful buildings and monuments that testify to Antequera’s rich past. From impressive churches to ancient city walls, every corner reveals a new piece of heritage to admire.
The impressive Dolmen landscape: dive into the past of prehistory
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these impressive dolmens, including the Dolmen of Menga and the Dolmen of Viera, are an important heritage that connects us to our ancestors.
The Dolmen of Menga is an imposing stone structure dating back to the Neolithic period. With its huge stone ceiling and carefully placed pillars, it evokes a sense of awe at the craftsmanship and knowledge of our prehistoric ancestors. It is a place that takes you back to an era long gone, where you can get a taste of the mysteries and rituals that took place back then.
The Dolmen of Viera, on the other hand, offers a different perspective on these ancient civilisations. With its unique architecture and decorative engravings on the stone walls, it offers insight into their artistic expression and symbolism. Exploring this monument takes you into a world full of meanings and stories that are still intriguing today.
Discover the breathtaking beauty of El Torcal and the saltwater lagoon Fuente de piedra
In the immediate vicinity of the city are the nature reserve El Torcal de Antequera and the saltwater lagoon Fuente de Piedra. El Torcal de Antequera was the first protected nature reserve in Andalusia (1929). Here we traverse an area of strange rock formations. A full description on this can be found by clicking on “El torcal de Antequera – a fantastic rocky world“. The saltwater lagoon Fuente de Piedra is one of the few breeding places of the flamingo in Europe.
Getting there from Finca La Toronja
Antequera can be reached by 2 different routes from Finca La Toronja. You have the fast route (A-357 & AP46) via the motorways to Málaga and then towards Antequera. Or you take the route via Alora and Valle de Abdalaijs, which is definitely worthwhile as you drive through diverse landscapes and this route also gives you beautiful views of the Andalusian interior.