City with ancient heritage

Antequera is a fairly inconspicuous city north of Malaga. Because of it’s central position in Andalucia, between Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, it is often called “the heart of Andalucía”. Antequera boasts many interesting places to see, however, it remains unspoilt by massive tourism.

The fortress of Alcazaba stands out as a dominating feature over Antequera. You can visit Alcazaba’s walls and the main tower and enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the top. It is also worth to visit the churches in the centre: Iglesia de San Sebastian and Iglesia de Sanitago.

Those interested in the prehistory should visit the Dolmen of Menga at the city outskirts. It’s an access corridor and an oval-shaped burial chamber from 3000 BC. The tomb most probably served as a grave for the ruling families. Hundreds of people were buried there. If you stand just inside the entrance to this ancient site, you will clearly see Pena de los Enamorados (The Lovers Rock) also known as Montana del Indio (Indian Mountain), because the 880 metre mountain looks like a head of a sleeping Indian.

Another interesting megalithic construction located just outside the city is Dolmen del Romeral. Lastly, there is a megalithic sepulchre of Tholos de El Romeral located 3 kms north of the city. Access to all three archaeological sites is free.

Nature and adventure around Antequera

We also recommend exploring the Antequera region. Whether you are interested in wild animals, climbing, canyoning or hiking, you will surely find something for your liking near Antequera.

Central Andalucia, including the Antequera region, is a real paradise for climbers. The small towns of Villanueva del Rosario, El Chorro, Archidona as well as small villages of Valle de Adaliajis or Pinares de San Anton are very popular climbing destinations. Ten kms south of Antequera there is a Wolf Park (Lobo Park) for those who would like to learn more a about wolves and observe wolves  in an environment that is very close to real nature.

El Torcal Natural Park, located just a couple of kilometers south of Antequera, is a definite must-see. It is famous for weird and bizarre rock formations which are wonderful to look at. Each of these intriguing rocks resembles something different and has some affectionate name, e.g. camel or canary.


Bird lovers or hikers should not miss Fuente de Piedra lagoon. This beautiful park is located 20 kms north-west of Antequera. It boasts second largest colony of flamingos in Europe.

Iznajar, located around 60 kms north of Antequera, is another interesting place to visit. It’s a classic white village perched on a hill, beside the largest lake in Andalucia. Iznajar boasts spectacular views of the extensive lake and olive hills that surround it from all sides.  The views from Iznajar castle stretch as far as the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.

Best canyoning Costa del Sol

Make your way down the canyons, gorges, waterfalls by jumping, splashing in the water, swimming, climbing, crawling and sliding! Get out into nature, marvel at stunning scenery while you manoeuvre through various natural obstacles.

Canyoning is an increasingly popular activity all around the world and Andalucia provides excellent conditions to indulge in this exhilarating fun and adrenaline-inciting activity. Big mountains, hills, different rock formations, numerous streams and small rivers and great weather most of the year make Andalusia a canyoner’s paradise.

It’s possible to book a canyoning adventure with one of the many companies operating on Costa del Sol, Andalusia which offer safe canyoning experience. However, if you are professional and have your own equipment, you can also do some barranquismo in Andalucia individually. Remember, however, that you will first need a permission from the local department, in Spanish medio ambiente.


  1. BENAHAVIS – Rio Guadalmina near Benahavis.
  2. MARBELLA – Rio Verde to the west of Marbella
  3. CANILLAS DE ACEITUNO (60 km east of Malaga) – Rio Almanchares
  4. SIERRA NEVADA REGION– e.g. RIO SALERES and other small rivers west of Albunuelas
  5. SERRENIA DE RONDA – small rivers e.g. Rio Zuas
  6. AlMUNECAR – OTIVAR (east of Motril) – e.g. Rio Lentegi
  7. ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA – Garganta Verde
  8. SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES –  Jorox region