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.
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.