History in Brief
The historic and monumental wealth of Antequera is unique. It boasts over thirty churches
and convents. The Alcazaba (Moorish castle overlooking the town) is a main feature, visible
from almost every angle of the streets. There are important Roman remains, and a unique
collection of Copper Age Dolmens (tombs) on the town edge. All are within walking distance
of the town centre for the interested tourist or town dweller. The town's history began over
4500 years ago with the settlement of the Megalithic people who built the Dolmens. It has
since seen Roman occupation, Moorish occupation, before the cultural and artistic 'golden
age' of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
The historic atmosphere of the town is closely protected by planning laws, and walking Antequera is, and will always be, a joy. There are many shops of all varieties from local fruiterers, bakers, fishmongers, to sophisticated clothes and leather stores. Bars and cafeterias abound, and it boasts restaurants that can be rated as some of the finest in Andalusia.
There is a retail centre on the edge of town offering furniture, building materials, bathroom suites, marble, car showrooms, and a shopping mall a 10 minute walk from the main street. Most main banks have branches in Antequera. The newly built hospital is regarded as one of the best in Andalusia. There are numerous hostales (one or two star rated hotels) in the centre, a splendid hotel converted from a noble house, and hotels on the perimeter of the town ranging from three to four stars.
Antequera is 30 minutes drive from Malaga city and 40 minutes from Malaga Airport. The expanding airport of Granada is also easily accessible (approximately 50 minutes drive).
It borders the provinces of Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada, offering easy access to these inspiring cities by road (car or coach) or rail (there is a local coach and railway station).
Roadways to Antequera are of motorway style, new, and make access to Antequera from the coast or inland easy and effortless. Once you leave the motorway you will likely pass through vast olive groves (the region is famous for the high quality of its olive oil) before entering the town itself.
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