Set right in the heart of Andalucia, on a rich, fertile plain, Antequera is a fantastic town, known as the ‘crossroads of Andalucia’. There is an incredible amount of history in Antequera, unrivalled by any other town in Spain. The medieval spires dominate the skyline, but there are treasures from every age all the way back to the Bronze Age to be found within Antequera. There are some wonderful outdoor sports to be enjoyed from a holiday rental property in Antequera too, with many special walks and rides in the surrounding countryside, especially up to the huge crag known as La Pena de los Enamorados or Lover’s Leap, which stands 880m above the town.
There is a vast amount to discover and enjoy simply wandering the streets of Antequera. Only on Fridays are the streets awash with people, with the arrival of the lively weekly market. The rest of the week sees streets staying very quiet, perfect for stress free exploration. You will regularly catch a glimpse of the stunning views that surround the town as you walk, especially from the top of the roman Arco de los Gigantes (Giants Arch). However, it is the ornate Arab Castle which dominates the town. There is so much to see from an Antequera property that a trip to the Municipal Museum may be the best starting point, allowing you to get an idea of the immense history of Antequera before trying to piece it together for yourself. The most famous Dolmen Caves in Europe are also found in Antequera, dating back to 2,500 BC, and open to the public.
The country surrounding Antequera is an absolute delight to explore. Taking an Antequera country property allows you to enjoy the peace and beauty of the best of Andalucian nature without distraction, whether you decide to explore on foot, horse back, bicycle or by car. The forty minute drive to the Fuente de Piedra lakes are well worth it, especially if the flamingos are adding their iconic flash of pink to the scenery at the time of your visit.
The Antequera Holy Week is one of the finest times to be staying in an Antequera country property. The whole town celebrates with traditional ceremonies, music and food, in a festival dating back to Baroque times. The Spring Feria and Real Feria, in May and August respectively, attract visitors to Antequera from many miles, with huge displays or traditional culture, including bull fighting.
The Torcal de Antequera Nature Park is a wonderful place to visit from an Antequera country property. The park is home to some of the most remarkable limestone features found anywhere in Europe, as well as over 660 species of animal and plant species. Well worth exploration from any self catering Antequera accommodation, walking, climbing and riding holidays are a real treat in the natural wonderland that is the park. Andalucian horses are available for riding holidays, and the Wolf Park, (Antequera Lobo Park) is a must for families.
This region of Spain is known for its excellent climate. During the long summer, temperatures are always warm, with almost endless evenings. July and August are the hottest months in Antequera, with daily temperatures peaks sometimes breaking the 40°C barrier. Even in the coldest month (January), daily temperatures will still rise to between 15 and 20°C on most days.
Malaga International Airport (AGP) is the closest to any apartment or villa in Antequera. Although there has been talk of building an airport in Antequera for many years, it looks like a stalemate has occurred, so until progress is made, you must make the 45 minute journey between Malaga and Antequera by road. There are a huge range of direct flights from the UK to Malaga, with flights leaving from a large number of British airports.