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A little bit of Spain in one week – Part two: Antequera

Another place I visited in Andalucia was Antequera. It’s beautiful and it has a great historical past. We have many places to eat and drink, trying the amazing tapas. The surroundings are amazingly beautiful and still full of green Nature. This is a place where I think I could live. It’s so good to be in a middle of a city with lots of places to visit and things to do but still see Nature all around you.

Antequera is known as “the heat of Andalusia” since the early 16th century, not only because it is a very central place, but also because of the contributions in the fields of agriculture and craftery.

Nearby you have El Torcal, which I only saw in the distance, but I want to visit and see closely some other time. El Torcal is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range. I don’t have pictures of it but I found this one on the internet to show you what I’m talking about.

torcal-de-antequeraFrom http://www.jetviajes.com/viajar/escapadas-naturales-espana/

 

Antequera has two burial mounds/dolmens dating from the 3rd millennium BC. They say that when archaeologists opened the graves they found several skeletons inside. One of the dolmens dates from about 1800 BC.

You can also find evidence of Roman invasion. I have some pictures of the roman baths, which can still be seen very clearly and you can distinguish the hot, medium and cold water places.

Antequera was also invaded by Muslims, and after they were driven out the city became a Catholic fortress against the Muslims who were still invading Granada.

There are many catholic monuments all around. You can visit, for example, the Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor, a 15th century church that is amazingly beautiful. In the main entrance of the church you can see a statue of Pedro Espinosa (you can see in the the pictures below), a spanish humanist, on the Plaza de Escribanos. In here there is a nice cafeteria with tables outside where you can enjoy the sun. We didn’t go inside the church, but from the pictures I’ve seen afterwards, it must be really beautiful.

Another one I’ve seen on the outside is Insigne Iglesia Colegial y Mayor Parroquial de San Sebastián, or Real Colegiata de San Sebastián. This one is in the middle of a square where you can also find good places to eat, drink and rest a little bit from a long walk around town.

You can make the big shopping there since you have bigger supermarkets and it’s quite cheap. There are also pubs to go out at night and lots of types of restaurants and shops.

Here are some pictures for you. I have to say sorry to two of my friends who got caught in some of them.

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A little bit of Spain in one week

Not long ago I was in Spain on holidays, spending a week in Andalucía. I am going to write a couple of posts about the places I visited because I don’t want to make a single post that is too long to read.

The house I was staying in it’s placed in the middle of mountains. I did a lot of sleep and eat and read and watching movies. It was brilliant to run away from a big city craziness and routine. In the morning I would wake up to the sound of the birds and in the evening all I could hear was the amazing song of the crickets and some dogs barking. No traffic, no city noises, no packs of people.

The house is surrounded by trees and it has a small river nearby. It is amazing to wake up with the sun on your window and listen to the birds outside instead of cars. I could even find the first poppies of the year in the middle of big green fields.

The weather there in the beginning of April was real spring time, with the warm sun and a gentle breeze during the day. The sun went down between 8 and 9 p.m. At night it would get a little bit cold but the fireplace was the perfect solution for that.

These  are some pictures of the surroundings of the house I was staying in.

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Arroyo Coche is a small village next to Los Palomos, where I was staying. It took me and my friends more or less 20 minutes to walk there and it was a pleasant walk because we were in the middle of a beautiful landscape all the way there. You can find shops for the basic things and there is a bar where we ate delicious paella and some good tapas. People are friendly and nice to you, even if your Spanish is not that good.

I don’t have pictures from Arroyo Coche. The ones below were taken on the way home.

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Soon I will post some more about the places I visited in Spain and some nice pictures as well. I hope you like it!

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