Antequera

Antequera is just one hour from Nerja and well worth a visit

Antequera is a busy market town and was strategically important to both the Romans (who called it Anticaria) and to the Moors, who used it as a border fortress to defend Granada.

Getting there

The easiest way to get to Antequera from Malaga Airport is to use a private transfer servce. You can find a comparison of transfer companies from Malaga Airport here. Leave Nerja on the main road. Continue on MA-105 for 462m. Take 2nd exit from roundabout. Continue a short way then take 2nd exit at roundabout. You are now on the N-340/E15. Continue for 52.7km then take exit 166B signposted Córdoba/Granada/Sevilla. Follow the A-45/N-331 for 40.2km then take exit 124 to Antequera. Continue on the A.354 for about 2.5km. There are 4 roundabouts, take the 2nd exit at each one and with a bit of luck you should be in Antequera! If not, then you probably shouldn't be let out unsupervised....

Statistics

Area: 817 square kilometres Altitude: 577 mtrs above sea level Population: +/- 41,000 Distance from Nerja: 101 km Driving Time: +/- 1 hour 25 mins

Location

Places of Interest

The 19th century Plaza de Toros also houses a museum. Tel: 95 284 58 85 The 18th century Palacio de Najera is home to the Municipal Museum with exhibits dating back to Roman times. Tel: 95 270 40 51 The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen is impressive with a huge Baroque altarpiece. On the hilltop is a castle built in the 13th century on the site of an old Roman fort. Entering through the impressive 16th century Arco de los Gigantes you can walk round the castle walls and get a good view of the town below. Just outside town are the Dolmens, believed to be the burial chambers of local tribal leaders and dating back to 2500 - 2000 BC. The most impressive and famous of these is the Cueva de Menga (Open Sun & Tues 9am - 3.30pm, Wed - Sat 9am to 6pm, free entry), its roof formed by an immense 180-tonne monolith.

Local Cuisine

One of the most common dishes in Antequerana gastronomy is la porra, fundamentally bread, oil, garlic, tomatoes and peppers. Others typical dishes are: ajoblanco, pimentón, gazpachuelo and migas. Game is also popular, conejo a la cortijera (rabbit) and chivo pastoril (young goat), as are fish dishes such as pescado en escabeche, a recipe which dates back to Roman times. Desserts to look out for are bienmesabe, a sweet made with ground almonds, mantecados, pestiños, torrijas and roscos. Mollete, soon to receive its 'denominación de origen ' status, is a type of Arab bread, white and lightly cooked. It is sold in the local bakeries and supermarkets, as well as being available in most bars. food 1 food 2

Local Festivals

Holy Week Feria de Primavera (last week in May) Real Feria de Agosto

Local Info

Ayuntamiento C/ Infante D. Fernando Tel: 952 70 81 00 Fax: 952 70 37 50 Tourist Office Plaza de San Sebastián, 7 Tel: 952 70 25 05 Fax: 952 70 25 05 Casa de la Cultura C/ Carreteros, 10 Tel: 952 70 40 52 Fax: 952 70 81 36 Taxi Ranks C/ Alameda de Andalucía Tel: 952 70 26 27 C/ Calzada Tel: 952 84 10 76 C/ Carreteros Tel: 952 84 10 08 Guided Tours Sondytour: C/ Merecillas, 31 Tel: 952 70 65 10 Fax: 952 70 30 90 Anprotur, C.B: C/ Najera, 18 Tel: 952 70 51 06 or 615 18 37 76 Viajes Toral: C/ Infante D. Fernando, 40 Tel: 952 84 01 12 Fax: 952 70 61 43 Car Hire National ATESA: Pol Ind, C/ Papabellotas, 19 - 21 Tel: 952 84 30 04 Fax: 952 84 30 44 Top Cars: Pol Ind, C/ Hortelanos, 1 Tel: 669 37 09 29 National Police C/ Carrera, 14 Tel: 952 70 63 50 or 091 Local Police Avda. de la Legión, s/n Tel: 952 70 81 04 or 092 Guardia Civil Avda. de Andalucía, 23 Tel: 952 84 01 06 Tel: 952 84 03 57 Red Cross Paseo María Cristina, s/n Tel: 952 70 22 22 Tel: 952 70 22 83 Civil Protection C/ Picadero Tel: 952 70 81 01 Hospital Comarcal de Antequera Centralita Polígono de la Azucarera, s/n Tel: 952 84 62 63 Información General 951 06 10 12 Urgencias 951 06 11 50 Bus Companies Automóviles Casado: Paseo García del Olmo, s/n Tel: 952 84 19 57 Automóviles Mérida: Tel: 952 70 15 24 Tel: 952 23 55 59 Automóviles Torres, S.L Tel: 952 84 24 92 R. L. Doblado Tel: 607 50 89 22 T. Alsina Graells SUR S.A. Tel: 952 84 13 65

Where to Stay

Antequera Golf Development Santa Catalina, s/n Telephone: 952704531 Fax: 952845232 E-mail: comercial@hotelantequera.com /www.hotelantequera.com Casa del Conde de Pinofiel**** calle Tercia, 10 Telephone: 952842464 Fax: 952705007 E-mail: info@hotelcondepinofiel.com /www.hotelcondepinofiel.com Finca Eslava**** Ctra. Córdoba, km. 120 Telephone: 952844934 Fax: 952845382 E-mail: info@fincaeslava.com www.fincaeslava.com La Sierra**** Ctra Nacional, km.331 , Las Pedrizas Telephone: 952845410 Fax: 952845265 E-mail: hotelsierra@grupolasierra.com /www.grupolasierra.com Las Villas de Antikaria*** Ctra de Córdoba, 3 Telephone: 952844899 Fax: 952845621 E-mail: info@hotellasvillas.com www.hotellasvillas.com Lozano*** Avda. Principal, 2 Telephone: 952842712 Fax: 952842012 E-mail: hotellozano@hotellozano.com www.hotel-lozano.com Papabellotas*** calle Encarnación, 5 Telephone: 952705045 Fax: 952704842 E-mail: info@hotelcosoviejo.es www.papabellotas.com Parador de Antequera*** Paseo García del Olmo, 2 Telephone: 952840261 Fax: 952841312 E-mail: antequera@parador.es www.parador.es Posada de Jose María El Tempranillo*** Ctra Alameda-Antequera, km. 1 Telephone: 952711009 Fax: 952710463 E-mail: tempranillo@infhos.com www.posadaeltempranillo.com Castilla** calle Infante Don Fernando, 40 Telephone: 952843248 Fax: 952843090 E-mail: vidal@castillahotel.com www.infohosteleria.com/tempranillo Las Pedrizas** Ctra. Madrid-Málaga, km526 Telephone: 952730850 952730856 Fax: 952730852 Plaza San Sebastián** Plaza de San Sebastián, 4 Telephone: 952844239 Fax: 952844239 E-mail: informacion@hotelplazasansebastian.com www.hotelplazasansebastian.com/ Nuevo Infante* calle. Infante Don Fernando, 15 Telephone: 952700293 Fax: 952700086 Hostal Residencia Colón** calle Infante Don Fernando, 29 Telephone: 952840010 Fax: 952841164 E-mail: info@castelcolon.com www.castelcolon.com Hostal del Polígono** calle Efeso, 8 La Yedra** Ctra. de Sevilla Telephone: 952842287 Fax: 952842287 Madrona** calle Calzada, 31 Telephone: 952840014 Hostal Bella Vista calle Archidona, 27 Telephone: 952841997 Hostal Manzanito Plaza de San Sebastián, 4 Telephone: 952841023 Número Uno calle. Lucena, 40 Telephone: 952843134 Fax: 952843134 Pepe calle Nájera, 1 Telephone: 952603764 Reyes calle. Tercia, 24 Telephone: 952841028