Antequera and the El Torcal Park Nature Reserve

The medieval town of Antequera is famous for the many church spires and the walls and towers of the great Moorish fortress. The El Torcal Nature Reserve is famous for its limestone rock formations. "The enchanted mountain range".

Directions by car.

Take the north bound road out of Torreguadiaro, now either take the toil road towards Malaga, the E15/A7 or the coastal road, the N340. As you approach Malaga head north, A45, towards Guadalmedina and continue on the 331, come of at junction 124 sign posted Anteguera. The journey is about 100 miles and should take just less than two hours. The El Torcal rock formations are to the south of Antequera, on the C3310, near the village of Villaneva de la Concepcion.

Moorish architecture

Moorish architecture

Park near to the 19th century bullring, then walk through the narrow streets up towards and through the Arch of Giants to get to the Royal College Church of Santa Maria which overlooks the town and the recently excavated roman hot baths. Another site worth visiting, is the Renaissance church of Santa María la Mayor.

After all that walking there are lots of nice bars and restaurants within the town as well as gardens to rest a while.

Also of interest are the dolmens, which are large megalithic mass tombs made from huge slabs of rock and date back over 5,000 years ago to the Bronze age. There are three sites located on the outskirts of the town.

Santa Maria hot Roman baths

Santa Maria hot Roman baths

Church

Another moorish building.

 

 

The spire of one of the many churches in Antequera

The spire of one of the many churches in Antequera.

The 19th Century bullring

The 19th century bullring and arch.

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Looking out over Antequera from the Royal College Church of Santa Maria .

Looking out over Antequera from the Royal College Church of Santa Maria .

The Royal College church.

The Royal College church.

The El Torcal Natural park is easy to get to from Antequera and contains impressive limestone rock formations. There is a small visitors museum and three different sign posted routes around the park varying from 30 minutes to 3 hour walks. It can be very hot during the summer months, so take some water with you.

The El Torcal rock formations..

The El Torcal rock formations..

View of rock formations from the museum car park

View of rock formations from the museum car park