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Archidona and Antequera

Twin Towns in the Olive Groves – Archidona and Antequera

Discover rural Andalucia as you explore the two hill top towns of Archidona and Antequera, bursting in history and tradition and on the cutting edge of local cuisine

Just a short drive from the Costa del Sol, you find these two neighbouring and contrasting towns. Spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the coast in this idyllic setting.

Archidona and Antequera are two hilltop towns just a stone´s throw from the Costa but brimming with autentic Andalucian charm. These contrasting towns give us a huge insight into the life of rural Andalucia, the people´s reliance of agriculture and community. They stand west and east of an enormous flat valley of fertile soils called La Vega de Antequera and from the midst of the landscape rises one of Andalucia´s most prominent features; the splendid mountain peak of Los Enamorados.


Archidona and Antequera


  • Stroll the winding streets of two classical Spanish Villages
  • Purchase the local white floury bread rolls (Mollete)
  • Lunch in one of TOMA & COE favourite "secret restaurants"
  • Learn about Andalucia´s most important export - the olive!

About the tour

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.

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. Archidona also has a very unusual town 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 just 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.

Oh and we almost forgot…we also pop in to an incredible emporium of antiques and collectables hidden in the back roads of the countryside. It´s so much fun to peruse the collection and perhaps purchase a very original souvenir.


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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.

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