Have you ever visited Antequera? If not, you should definitely consider adding it to your list of ‘places to visit’ as it’s probably one of the most overlooked attractions in Andalucia.
This summer you’ll have the perfect excuse as the Antequera Town Hall will be running a special campaign called ‘Luz de Luna’ (‘Moonlight’). This unique initiative consists of a series of night visits – in English and Spanish – which will take you to some of the most iconic landmarks in the area; a great idea as visiting this beautiful part of Andalucia during the day and having to deal with the extreme heat is probably not a good idea
The town of Antequera is located just 45km north of Málaga City and can be easily reached via the new motorway opened last year (probably about 45 minutes by car from Sunset Beach Club). The area’s rich history, dating back to the third millennium BC, make it the perfect stop for culture lovers and history buffs.
Below we’ve summarised the 4 main visits available during the summer (until 16th September, 2013):
This walk takes place just before sunset in the beautiful ‘El Torcal’ nature reserve and includes:
- A visit to the impressive limestone landscapes which the reserve is famous for as well as enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.
- A meal
- A chance to see the stars using the visitor centre’s powerful telescopes.
Available every Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 1am. Price is €37 for adults and €25 for children under 14.
‘Dream Nights in the Alcazaba’
The Alcazaba (Fortress) dominates the Antequera skyline and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the town. On this fun visit you’ll get to meet Governor Al-Karmen in a magical evening which includes:
- A guided tour of this impressive building accompanied by actors who will help transport you to the 1400’s through the use of animation and theatre.
- A food tasting session at the end of the evening
This visit is available on the following dates (Starts 9pm):
July: 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
August: 2nd, 16th, 30th
September: 6th & 13th
Entrance Price: Adults €15, Children €7
Guided Tours of the Dolmens
Another of Antequera’s cultural treasures are the dolmens of Menga and Viera, the two largest Bronze Age burial grounds in Europe dating back almost 4000 years! The visit includes:
- A guided tour
- Viewing of a film showing how the Menga dolmen was built
Entry is free and you’ll be able to visit on the following dates in July: 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. To avoid disappointment we recommend you call to make a reservation. Telephone: 952 712206 (try ending in 07 & 08 too).
So there you have it, another great idea to add to your ‘To do’ list if you’re planning on visiting the Costa del Sol this summer. Do you think you will head up to Antequera for these wonderful night visits? Let us know in the comments below.
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