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Centrally located for exploring all major cities

Antequera has a population of 40,000 and is the governing town in the north of the Malaga province. It's 45mins inland from Malaga airport and is a perfect base for exploring Andalucia due to its proximity to the main A92 motorway.

Seville 2 hours
Cordoba 1.5 hours
Granada 1.5 hours
Jerez 1.5 hours

Although you'll see numerous Brits wandering through the streets, this town is far enough inland not to have lost its traditional Spanish feel, main street lined with orange trees, the regional bullring, endless beautiful churches, plenty of tapas bars with pavement-side tables and chairs. The centre is compact and easily explored on foot.

Hire a car and explore the area

This area, north of the Malaga province, has spectacular scenery and I discover something new almost every time I set out in the car. When staying in Antequera, the best thing to do is grab your map and drive!

This is an agricultural area and you will still often see old men bent double working the land by hand, donkey pulling handmade ploughs, landowners surveying the land on horse back and locals gathering wild mushrooms and herbs.

You will stumble upon huge, whitewashed cortijos, crumbling ruins, shepherds huts, pristine chapels, saintly monuments and old bodegas.

Do not feel perturbed when people stare as they will :-) In the villages here, everyone knows everyone, so a new face is often instantly spotted and surveyed, more from curiosity than anything else.

Happy Exploring

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:bustling spanish town, central, architecturally rich
  • Cons:parking can be difficult
  • Last visit to Antequera: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kestell1's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2007 at 3:40 AM

    Hi there Just been reading your pages.We are coming to Alora area at xmas,and have hired a car.So it was interesting to get some commom sense info and advice from someone with similar interests to us. Many Thanks Claire and Trevor.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    great tips!

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Your tips are excellent and so interesting! I wish I could buy your house. Fantastic! We'll be staying in Mijas for a week in July, and after visiting your pages, I've put Antequera on my list!

  • Stevo68's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2006 at 7:50 AM

    Looking forward to visiting during week from July 2nd, hope I don't miss you this time. Steve

  • IanMacPhail's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2006 at 12:37 AM

    What can I say? absolutely superb!

  • omran's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2006 at 11:01 AM

    very excellent page

  • May 19, 2006 at 8:30 AM

    Excelllant. Place to visit next time

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2006 at 11:59 AM

    What a truly excellent page and tips. Don't think we'll have time to visit here, but will bear it in mind for another year. Look forward to meeting you in Marbella. (Very tempted by your house, but the timing's not right !)

  • zizkov's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 12:55 AM

    Enjoyed your pages - I only had a day trip so never saw El Chorro etc (though I did see icicles on the fountain!)

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