Set in beautiful Andalucian countryside, this historic town is rich in fertile land making it Andalucia's top producers of a number of foods like asparagus, cereals and olives. A stay here offers countryside walks, excursions to world famous historical monuments, namely the Dolmens of Antequera and La Peña de los Enamorados (lover's leap) which can be seen shadowing the town.
Antequera is a very popular tourist destination and, as a result, has a number of high quality hotels dotted in and around the town. Being located just half an hour from Málaga, it is a great place to choose to stay and visit other nearby cities and towns, such as Granada. It has a very ´Spanish´ feel to it and is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in Andalucian culture.
Thirty kilometres north of Malaga is the 12km² Torcal de Antequera Natural Area, with one of the most dramatic and exceptional karstic landscapes in Europe. This surreal and lunar grey limestone plateau, dating from the Jurassic period, is riven by deep gullies and characterised by its fantastically weathered natural sculptures, like the Tornillo Natural Monument.
Just outside Antequera you can visit three 5000-year-old dolmens: Menga Dolmen (the largest in Europe) and Viera Dolmen, which are both located just outside the town, while El Romeral Dolmen is a few km away. These three prehistoric burial chambers represent some of the largest and most complete megalithic structures in Europe.
Antequera Cuidad station is the old train station just to the north of the town at the end if the aptly named Avenida Estacion. From here there were regional trains on the following route until the line was closed in 2013 for the construction of the AVE from Antequera to Granada. It may reopen in 2019.
Within the Torcal de Antequera Natural Area is this protected geological feature, the Tornillo del Torcal. Its name - the Screw of Torcal - comes from its distinctive appearance, as its limestone layers have been eroded making them look like the threads twisting around a screw. It is used as a symbol for the Torcal Natural Area.
In the north of Malaga province 19km from Antequera is the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, a famous beautiful lagoon. The largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula at 2.5km wide and 6.5km long, it is a haven for birds with over 170 different species recorded here.
This comfortable inland getaway has reopened at the end of 2008 after an extensive refurbishment. Enjoy brand new slick minimalist rooms, funky furniture and creative cuisine. It provides an excellent base for exploring El Torcal, the city of Antequera and the ancient dolmens, among other local attractions.