History, Hiking and more, away from the travel crowds

The Moors called the city Medina Antaquira and then tried to protect it from the Christian Kings for over two hundred years. Finally, the Moors were driven away in the early 15th century when Ferdinand 1 of Aragon, regained the dominion of this much sought after city.

Grilled octopus
at Mesón Ibérico

Grilled Padrón peppers and albondigas, favorates everywhere in Spain.


Antequera . . . off the coach-tour circuit

In the mountains about an hour from Malaga, Antequera is mostly overlooked by tourists in favor of the Costa del Sol. Here is a real Spanish town and not tourist trap, the city is wonderful to visit year round.

Plaza San Sebastian was created in 1508 as a result of a royal warrant by Doña Juana La Loca

Favoured by the emirs of Granada, Antequera’s hilltop Moorish
fortress has a fascinating history

The Arco de los Gigantes (arch of the giants), which is situated near the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa Mariá la Mayor, was built in the late 16th century to replace a Moorish gate, as an artistic symbol of the Roman past of Antequera and the surrounding region

the Alcazaba, Antequera Spain

Antequera has seen Roman ownership, and of course was governed by the Moors, responsible for the creation of the Alcazaba which dominates the town from it´s position alongside the barrio (district) of San Juan. Antequera was one of the last towns to fall (the last was the city of Granada) to the Christian crusade. The museum, in the town centre, contains relics to these periods. Antequera´s `Golden Age´ was during the 16th – 18th centuries, when many of the significant buildings came to be.

Antequera Spain