Archidona & Antequera – Twin Towns in the Olive Groves

Discover the hilltop towns of Archidona and Antequera, bursting with history and tradition


  • Stroll the winding streets of two classical Spanish towns
  • Uncover local legends
  • Discover original architecture
  • Lunch in one of TOMA & COE’s favourite “secret restaurants”
  • Learn about Andalucia´s most important export – the olive!


Trip Profile

1 Day
Best Time To Visit:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct, Nov
Tour Dates/Days:
Group Size:
Min: 2
Max: 20
Girl picking olives

Tour Summary

Archidona and Antequera – Reconquered by the Christians in different generations, their combined histories are intertwined with the sagas, adventures, anecdotes and complicated allegiances of the Catholic Re-Conquest.

The tour takes in both towns ad the beautiful scenery between them as you uncover some of rural Andalucia’s best-kept secrets.

On the hill, overlooking Archidona is one of Andalucía´s oldest surviving Mosques, now a Christian chapel dedicated to the local patroness – Our Lady Of Grace. The views from the top are breathtaking. The town also has a very unusual square in octagonal form where we can observe typical Andalusian village life. Archidona has stood the test of time and remains entirely authentic.

On the neighbouring hill but separated by the legendary Lover´s Rock, or La Peña de los Enamorados, is the monumental town of Antequera; The Heart of Andalucia. Having gained UNESCO status for one of its historical sites, the town is alive and buzzing.

Here we can enjoy a wonderful lunch in a restaurant dedicated to reviving lost recipes of rural Andalucia after enjoying a gentle walking tour of the beautiful Old Town.

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  • Arrive in Archidona, mid-morning
  • Enjoy views from the old mosque/Christian chapel
  • Tour of the octagonal town plaza and its original architecture
  • Travel past olive groves to the town of Antequera, taking in the view of the legendary Lover’s Rock
  • Explore the beautiful Old Town of Antequera on a gentle walking tour
  • Lunch at a recommended Toma & Coe restaurant which is dedicated to reviving recipes of rural Andalucia
  • Scenic drive back to the designated drop off point, stopping at an antiques emporium.


Depart in the morning for Archidona. You will be transported in one of our air-conditioned vehicles.


You will return to the drop-off point in the early evening.


Please enquire for prices

As TOMA & COE is a bespoke travel agency working with private clients and small groups, prices may vary slightly according to the time of year.

Costs are based on double occupancy/a minimum of two guests

Frequently Asked Questions

Where in Spain is Archidona?
Archidona is a town and municipality in Malaga province, Andalucia. It is 666 metres above sea level, and under 60km from Malaga city.

Is Antequera worth visiting?
Absolutely, Antequera is worth visiting. The town has monasteries, a fort, beautiful architecture, prehistorical dolmens and sits in countryside with exceptional geological features. The fact that it is not on the main tourist trail is an added bonus!

What is the rock formation near Antequera town?
El Torcal de Antequera is a small limestone mountain range, which separates Antequera from Malaga.

What is Archidona famous for?
Archidona’s Plaza Ochavada is its most famous site. Each of the 8 sides of the square has a different architectural decoration.



This was our second time to tour with TOMA & COE, and once again they did not disappoint us. We did the Twin Olive Town Tour. We especially enjoyed visiting the small towns and not being surrounded by tourists… and learning more about the people and the culture.

Destination Guides

Our guide to Archidona and Antequera is coming soon.

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