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Antequera: Andalucia’s Hidden Gem

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In the heart of Andalucia is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered – Antequera. Aptly nicknamed “El Corazón de Andalucia” (The Heart of Andalucia), this enchanting town offers a captivating blend of rich history, stunning natural sights, and cultural experiences.

Antequera’s Layers of History

Antequera’s ancient history has been recognised by UNESCO with the Dolmens of Antequera (Menga, Viera, and El Romeral), ancient megalithic burial mounds dating back thousands of years, recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Also in evidence are Roman and Moorish Influences. Discover the Alcazaba, the imposing Moorish fortress overlooking the town, and the remnants of the Roman Baths, echoing a bygone era.

Architectural splendours grace the streets of Antequera, each a testament to the town’s storied past and vibrant cultural heritage. The Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor and the Palacio Fernández de Córdoba are just two of a unique blend of architectural styles from different historical periods.

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Beyond History – Antequera’s natural wonders

Immerse yourself in the mesmerising landscape of El Torcal, where time seems to stand still amidst the rugged terrain sculpted by the relentless forces of nature. As you walk the winding paths, marvel at the otherworldly rock formations, each a testament to millions of years of erosion.

Legend whispers through the winds that caress La Peña de los Enamorados, weaving a tale of forbidden love that has echoed through the ages. Listen closely, and you may hear the whispers of the lovers whose fates became entwined with the rock, forever immortalised in the annals of Andalucian folklore.

The landscape surrounding Antequera is decorated with olive groves and sprawling vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Here lies the heart of Andalucia’s culinary heritage. Take a leisurely stroll through the sun-drenched groves, inhaling the fragrant aroma of ripe olives and grapes, or tantalise your taste buds with the finest olive oils and wines the region has to offer.

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A Taste of Antequera

Antequera’s cuisine is traditional and rustic. Treat yourself to the simple yet irresistible pleasure of mollete de antequera, a soft and round bread with a slightly crispy exterior. Enjoy at breakfast with local olive oil and jamon, or pair it with a refreshing bowl of porra, a version of gazpacho, the quintessential Andalucian cold tomato soup.

The Plaza de Toros, the historic bullring, serves as the epicentre of Antequera’s tapas scene where you can sample an array of local dishes. A particular TOMA favourite is Arte de Cozina where the chef is giving traditional food its renaissance.

For dessert there is the sweet and uniquely Antequeran bienmesabe. Buy it from the convent next adjacent to Plaza Santiago. The nuns who make it, hand it to you through a hatchway in the convent’s entrance.

Visit remarkable Antequera

Antequera promises something different for visitors to Andalucia, as well as fewer tourists. A town which is still clearly linked to its history and landscape.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the magic of Antequera for yourself on our Twin Towns in the Olive Grove tour. Start planning your Andalucian escape today and discover the secrets of this wonderful town.

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