Northern Málaga Province

Northern Málaga Province

Only around 50km northwest of Malaga is some surprisingly rugged landscape with a dramatic gorge, several immense reservoirs and a scattering of Moorish towns and villages with intriguing histories. Also here is one of the most impressive limestone landscapes in Europe, the Torcal de Antequera Natural Area, with its strangely eroded shapes, located near the village of Villanueva de la Concepción.

Northern Málaga Province destinations

In Sierra de Yeguas, whose surroundings are very plain and agricultural, the most recognised monument is the 18th century Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción (Church of Immaculate Conception. This… More →

Anyone interested in the Christian reconquest will be fascinated to know that it was here where Infante Don Fernando of Aragon knelt, kissed the sword of San Fernando and swore that he would not… More →

A visit to this historical Andalucían town is a journey almost 5,000 years back in time, beginning with the Bronze Age and the native Iberians. The timeline is there to be followed in this… More →

This small town of barely 5,000 inhabitants north-west of Antequera is probably most famous for its cadaverous celebrity El Tempranillo, the legendary 19th century bandit born in nearby Jauja and… More →

This peaceful little town of less than 8000 inhabitants, equidistant between the Costa del Sol, Granada and Sevilla, has been an important cattle farming, leather production and mining centre… More →

To my mind, one of the nicest drives inland from the Costa del Sol and Malaga is out towards Loja and Granada on the A 359, turning off at the A333 to Villanueva de Tapia. This little village of… More →

The name Almargen, in Arabic, translates as "Los Dos Prados" ("the two fields"). It's a small town and is the perfect place for people who enjoy tranquillity and outdoor tourism. For those who… More →

High on a rocky saddle in the mountains east of Ronda, some 15km north of Ardales, the small (pop: 4,000) town of Teba has one of the most extraordinary historical connections of any of Andalucía'… More →

This handsome hill town, just 35 minutes north of Málaga and 20 south of Antequera, is described as "al pie del Torcal", 'at the foot' of the El Torcal Natural Area. This is a remarkable 17km-… More →

The village of Villanueva del Trabuco is one of the attractive Andaluz white villages in the Antequera area (34 kilometres from the town of Antequera) and is just 45 kilometres north of Malaga… More →

In the north of Málaga Province, about 50 kilometres from Málaga City (and 20 kilometres from Antequera), at the foothills of the Sierra de Gracia, is the welcoming village of Archidona. Bordering… More →

There has been a human settlement on the site of this small town (current population just over 3,500) since Neolithic times. Just 15km north-west of Antequera on the A92, on the lower slopes of… More →

The village of Fuente de Piedra (with a population of approximately 2,000) is close to the Natural park and lake; Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. Due to the presence of the lake, it seems that man has… More →

If you are searching for hidden treasure, the white village of Villanueva del Rosario could be a good starting point. Easily accessible at 39 kilometres north of Malaga City, just 2.5 kilometres… More →

Cuevas de San Marcos is a municipality north of Antequera in Malaga with a village by the same name that sits on a hillside not far from the Iznajar River dam. It is just south of the Genil River… More →

The hilltop town of Cañete la Real, located in the northern part of the Serrania de Ronda is an ideal destination for enjoying nature, but also great for seeing monuments and heritage. The area… More →

The town of Cuevas Bajas, whose name comes from several caves located on its outskirts, is located in a small valley on the banks of the River Genal.

Its most important monument is the… More →

This little Málaga town is the birth place of a prestigious international sculptor, the man behind Spain’s famous Goya Awards (the Spanish “Oscars”) statues, and that is Miguel Ortiz Berrocal. He… More →

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Hotel Rural Carlos Astorga

Located just outside Villanueva de Tapia, 40 km from Antequera, in central Andalucia, this hotel has easy access to the A-92 Motorway. It features an outdoor pool set in gardens. All air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Rural Carlos Astorga have a private bathroom. Decorated in typical Andalusian country style, they also have a telephone and TV. The Carlos Astorga restaurant serves regional cuisine. Apart from the rustic dining room, there is also a poolside terrace and bar, where you can enjoy eating outdoors.



Along with Fuente de Piedra are a number of wetland lakes attracting flamingos along with many additional species of waterfowl. Just south of the Fuente de Piedra is a series of protected lakes, the Lagunas de Campillos Natural Reserve, a few kilometres from the town of Campillos. North of the Fuente de Piedra is the Laguna de la Ratosa Natural Reserve, near the village of Alameda. East of Archidona is the Lagunas de Archidona Natural Reserve.


Also north of Malaga is Antequera, which offers an incredible array of sights, including a medieval fortress, elegant mansions and several fascinating museums. Around this town is an area dotted with historic villages such as Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco, Mollina, Alameda and Villanueva de Tapia.