El Torcal


El Torcal Park is a nature reserve located near Antequera in Andalusia, only 40 mins drive from the Malaga airport. It’s famous for amazing and strangely-looking Jurassic age limestone formations. The highest point of the nature reserve is Camorro de las Siete Mesas at 1336 metres.

Getting to El Torcal

Whether you choose to drive from the direction of Antequera or Villanueva de la Concepcion, the road to El Torcal is full of amazing atmospheric scenary. The El Torcal Centre consists of a medium size parking and visitor’s building.

Like walking on the moon

Wandering around the geologically stunning El Torcal is like being on another planet. Under the sea until 150 million years ago, this land was suddenly pushed upwards around that time. Over millions of years she slow but continuous natural forces of wind, snow and rain have shaped the limestone into weird structures. The limestone rocks take most outwardly shapes connecting with each other at funniest angles. Some look like a stack of plates, others remind of a hat, a monster or a human face – depending on the imagination of the person who looks at them.


El Torcal de Antequera offers a couple nice walking routes – a green one of 1,5 km, a yellow one of 2,5 km and a red one of 4,5 km – both for the beginners and experts looking for a challenge. Even if you pick the shortest green route you will be able to see plenty of mind-boggling rocks and some wildlife as well, e.g. mountain goats climbing the rocks, foxes hiding in the bushes or vultures circling over the rocks. Additionally, there are two viewing points offering some great panoramic vistas near the car parking.


Pick the right time

A good tip for photographers is to come very early in the morning when the light is softer and creates nice shadows. There is also a little bit of fog in the early hours of the days which adds to the spiritual side of Torcal de Antequera.

Another tip is to come in spring or autumn, when the sight is less crowdy, and you can enjoy the nature even more. El Torcal can be very hot in July and August. Try to avoid wet season when El Torcal is full of mud and slippery rocks, and even good shoes will not make the walk enjoyable.



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.

Zahara de la Sierra

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A fairy-tale small white village, Zahara de la Sierra extends a warm welcome to all those seeking some quiet time in absolutely spectacular settings. Zahara is perched on top of a steep rocky hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the Zahara-el Gastor reservoir. A crumbling old castle, once a major Moorish outpost, towers over the tranquil pueblo blanco. Among the fortress ruins you will find Zahara’s most famous attraction, the lookout tower, the Torre del Homenaje.

Zahara lies in the heart of Sierra de Grazalema Naural Park, one of Spain’s most famous and most visited natural parks, renowned for great hiking trails and varied wildlife.

Zahara de la Sierra is one of the best Andalucian destinations for romantic holidays. Also recommended for anyone interested in hiking, exploring nature, or to kayaking enthusiasts!

Zahara de la Sierra – nearest destinations: Ronda, Casares

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Manilva is a small quiet village located just 2 kilometres inland from the coastal town of Sabinillas and Puerto la Duquesa. The town is nestled on a hill overlooking beautiful Costa del Sol and surrounding vineyards and countryside.

Hedionda Roman baths is probably the most famous spot in Manilva, located in La Hedonia valley close to Manilva. According to the legends, the sulphuric springs of Hedionda helped Julius Cesar cure his skin infection in 61 BC when he was governor in southern Spain. The baths are enclosed by Roman-built arched structure with four chambers inside. Despite the foul smell hanging over the water, local people still like to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters believing in its healing powers. With the exception of weekends, you won’t find too many people here, and if you come early enough, it is very likely you will have the place for yourself, just like Julius Cesar did!

Roman baths is also a good starting point for an amazing hiking trail in the direction of Casares, upstream Río de Manilva.  During your hike you will see waterfalls, lagoons, amazing rock formations and different species of birds.

Canuto de la Utrera, located just next to Roman baths, is another amazing spot worth a visit. It’s a beautiful hiking trail along the valley that passes through the Sierra de Utrera. The valley is quite narrow and the path rocky, but the views of the spectacular limestone gorge are definitely worth the effort.

Quiet and peaceful Manilva provides a perfect setting to relax, unwind and get close to nature. Manilva can also be a good destination for golf breaks as Casares Costa Golf and Coto Real Golf are located nearby. If you are looking for summer beach holidays in the area, the coastal Sabinillas and La Duquesa might be a better choice.

Manilva is conveniently located only 20 minutes drive from Estepona and 30 minutes drive from Gibraltar. It’s close both to the main costal road as well to the Autovia del Mediterráneo highway.

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