Antequera is a beautiful old Medieval city with a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age and indigenous Iberians.
The city features impressive Moorish-influenced architecture, much of which remains today, including the stunning Alcazaba fortress.
It was built over Roman ruins in the 14th century to counter the Christian advance from the north and is the second largest Moorish fort after the famous Alhambra in Granada.
The cliff between the towers of the fortress is called ‘Peña de los enamorados’ (The Lovers’ Cliff). Folklore tells of a young couple in love who jumped from the cliff because they couldn’t be together. This area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Antequera is protected by the mountain range of El Torcal to the south and east, known for its impressive limestone rock formations.
To the north and west lie some of Andalusia’s most fertile plains producing asparagus, cereals and olives. In the summer, the fields turn brilliant yellow with sunflowers.
Known internationally for its silversmith, Antequera has a broad range of thriving artisan crafts, including ceramics, wood work (particularly ornate carved furniture), leather work, stone masonry and textiles.
These crafts can be seen today throughout the city.
Antequera also has a well-earned reputation as a gastronomic centre, known for local specialities such as porra antequerana (a kind of cold tomato cream), mollete (Arab style bread), mantecado (bun), home-made piquitos (crusty bread fingers) and desserts, including angelorum,layers of sponge and eg yolk topped with meringue, and bienmesabe, made with honey, egg yolk and ground almonds.
There is a plethora of restaurants and tapas bars within the winding streets, and more than one or two bodegas as well. Plenty of options for refreshments of all varieties!