With an incredible rock resembling a man’s face, endless ornate churches, dolmens dating back to 1800 BC, and beautiful views, Antequera is an incredible place for a day trip from Malaga.
Things To Do In Antequera
La Peña de Los Enamorados:
Also known as Lover’s Rock, the rock resembles the profile of a man’s face. There’s a local legend about a couple who, after facing capture, chose to leap off the edge of the rock holding hands. It’s the icon of the area and you’ll be able to spot it from miles away, whether you’re at the top of Antequera or over by the dolmens.
Wander the city:
Antequera is a classic white Andalusian city. With narrow cobbled streets and a steep hill up to the 11th Century Moorish Alcazaba, there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the city.
Hike in El Torcal:
The area is known for its unusual limestone rock formations, resembling stones stacked up high. The El Torcal natural stones are so unusual! There are three main walking routes, with the most difficulty reaching a height of 1300m and offering panoramic views across the region, and even as far as Morocco!
Discover thousands of years of history at the Dolmens :
Built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age out of large stone blocks, the large monuments are one of the oldest man-made structures on the planet. It’s incredible to think how much work went into creating these cave-like buildings, considering there was no machinery to help.
Recently protected by UNESCO, the dolmens face Lovers Rock and are thought to have been used for rituals and burials.
Go back in time at the Museu de la Ciudad de Antequera:
Antequera’s museum offers a fascinating insight into the local area and features items from as far back as the 1st century. From burial coffins to Roman pottery and bronze statues, there’s plenty to see. Not only is it a great museum for history buffs, but it’s also a highly instagrammable building with beautiful staircases, huge doors, and a wonderful courtyard!
How to reach?
Antequera has an urban bus network and a bus line for the outskirts: The M-253 is the line that connects Antequera with Malaga and Casabermeja. Antequera can also choose from up 3 different train stations: Antequera station, Bobadilla station (8 Km. away), Antequera-Santa Ana station (for the AVE high-speed train).
The high-speed train connects Antequera with Malaga train station and with the stations in Cordoba, Puertollano, Ciudad Real, Madrid and another line to Barcelona from Malaga.
The medium distance train connects Antequera with Seville, Granada, Almeria, Malaga, Cordoba, and Algeciras, also connecting the municipality with other nearby towns such as Teba, Campillos, Loja, Alora, Osuna or Montilla.
If you wish to visit Antequera, first of all, head towards Cordoba, we’ll find road signs to Antequera as soon as we pass Casabermeja.