Who said that the only ‘season nostalgia’ you can have is the summer one? In my case, it’s all about spring time. During fall, when the streets are being covered by a carpet of leaves, by reddish, brown and orange colors, leaves that are being carried all over by the powerful wind, that’s the period when I just want to go back in time. Spring time in Malaga, oh, I miss it! Today I have prepared for you a big portion of ‘the South’, so come with me and let’s explore Antequera.
Antequera is a famous inland village, well known for the famous Torcal, a natural reserve with an appearance out of this world. Torcal is a place with millions of years of history and definitely a must-see. The best way to do so is hiking though its valleys and imagine how that immense place would look like being the ocean bottom.
In case you are not a fan of hiking, there are still plenty of options in the village. The Alcazaba de Antequera is on top of the village’s hill and it’s reachable both by foot or car. It’s a lovely place with charming views of the whole village and its surroundings. Near it you can find the Arco de los Gigantes, a giant arch that leads you to the Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor, an impressive building from the 1550s, with a very photogenic façade. Around that area are taking place many village events, so if you decide to go, have a look at the agenda, maybe you are lucky enough to see some traditions. If there is no event and loud around, please take a moment on enjoying the breathtaking views of the Peña de los Enamorados.
The village is totally worth to be discovered trough a walk among its narrow and charming and calm streets. When it comes to food, you have plenty of traditional delicious recipes from which you can choose. Definitely try the “porra antequerana” (similar to gazpacho, but thicker, with tomatoes and dried bread) at the Restaurante-Taperia Nico restaurant, because there you can find the best one I’ve tried so far. After the porra and some tapas, you need to go to the Convento de Belén to try their sweets, made by the nuns. The typical sweets are called “bienmesabe” and you buy them in a unique way, without seeing their eyes during the “exchange”. They make them inside the monastery with a very old and secret recipe. That’s definitely an experience.
Antequera is a beautiful inland village, a place that you need to visit if you want to escape for a day of the beach. I would love to go back there right now, try out some tapas, enjoy the nature, explore the environment. I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos Kanszei took of me during our one day excursion. So, what do you say? Are you joining us on the next trip?