Antequera - Fact 3 - Roman Holiday

So much to explore in the charming town of Antequera © Michelle Chaplow
So much to explore in the charming town of Antequera

Antequera - Fact 3 - Roman Holiday

The Roman era brought great prosperity to Antequera (named "the Ancient City", or Antikaria, by them). Among the treasures from that age are a very rare, small bronze statue of a boy, "Ephebus of Antequera", dating from the 1st century AD, in the Museo Municipal, as well as other well-preserved artefacts and mosaics found in the Roman villa. Then, there are the Roman baths, next to the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor; and finally, the mansion itself, next to the station, which was discovered in 1998, and is still being excavated. Nearby is a structure known locally as the "Carniceria de los Moros", a large springs and pool which would have belonged to a Roman villa. The sulphorous springs of nearby spa town Carratraca were popular in Roman times.

  • Fact 1 - Four large gates and arches adorn Antequera's streets.
  • Fact 2 - The biggest dolmen in Europe is in Antequera.
  • Fact 3 - Perfectly-preserved Roman remains are not be missed.
  • Fact 4 - See bizarre rock formations or walk along a heart-stoppingly high path.
  • Fact 5 - Regional cuisine? Antequera is famous for its puddings.
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