Things to do in Antequera and the Alpujarras
Just 47km north of Malaga, on the A45, Antequera sits at the foot of the El Torcal and El Arco Calizo Chimenea mountain ranges.
Situated over 570 metres above sea level, Antequera retains much of its Andalucian charm. The Moorish occupation of Antequera is still apparent with ruins of the castle and walls still visible. Occupying a commanding position, Antequera boasted strong natural defences in times of conflict, and still stands proud as one of the largest municipalities in Malaga.
Properties for sale in Antequera are highly sought after by ex-pats and locals who want to make the most of the countryside, while still being within easy reach of the coast.
As with many locations in Malaga, Antequera has become popular with ex-pats and foreign visitors, but it has not been spoiled by mass tourism. Local bars, restaurants and cafés still offer wonderful local food at a fraction of the price you would pay on the coast. Try the speciality Antequeran molletes for breakfast, flat bread which is delicious split and toasted with olive oil and tomato. Local recipes and ingredients are served throughout the day for lunch and dinner, and fresh local produce including fruits and vegetables are widely used. Just 60 minutes from Marbella, Antequera continues to attract day trippers from all over the Costa del Sol.
Antequera properties for sale attract holidaymakers and ex-pats who want to experience the ‘real Spain’ just an hour’s drive from the coast.
No visit to Antequera is complete without taking time to explore Fuente de la Piedra, just up the road from the town. This salt water lagoon attracts hundreds of greater flamingoes which nest here. There are plenty of viewing platforms and parking areas around Fuente de la Piedra and the flamingo lake is well signposted from the town. The limestone rock formation of El Torcal is also a must-see spectacle, and this amazing nature reserve attracts visitors from all over Europe.
The region´s economy relied heavily on agriculture and furniture manufacturing. Tourism has overtaken agriculture as the main industry in Antequera, and the city´s museums are home to 80% of all the art treasures in Malaga. The most spectacular monument is the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor, which is a national monument which overlooks the whole town. With diverse architectural influences from the days of Roman and Moorish rule, Antequera offers a wealth of culture, history and fine art, plus some damn fine restaurants.
A mountainous region of the Costa del Sol, La Alpujarra is situated in the provinces of Granada and Almeria (eastern part in Almeria and the western part in Granada). This is the region of fairytales and beautiful countryside. Consisting mainly of valleys, with the Sierra Nevada to the north and the Sierras Almijara separating it from the coast, La Alpujarra offers stunning scenery and Andalucian charm.
Reliable irrigation from the Sierra´s rivers ensure rich fertile soil in the Granada region, and you will see an abundance of lemon, orange, grape, persimmons, almonds and fig trees. Thought much drier, the eastern part of La Alpujarra still boasts some amazing scenery. The largest and most spectacular villages in the area include Lanjarón, famous for its spring water, Orgiva, Ugijar, Laujar and Trevélez, which is the highest recognised town in the whole of Spain.
Properties for sale in Antequera
Properties for sale in Antequera include village houses, fincas, apartments, villas and townhouses.