Antequera has EVERYTHING31/05/2018
Let me suggest a great plan for you to include on your next trip to Andalusia. Simple but very powerful, you just board the bullet train in Madrid and get off in Antequera: our local time will meet you there and take you into the city for you to discover one of the less known cities of the region. It could be just 4 h for a short visit, or it would take you some 3 days if you wish to explore the huge heritage available in the valley, ready for you to enjoy in calm, away from the hordes of tourists queuing in the ultra famous landmarks of Seville or Granada.
Antequera Dolmens Site was recently included in the Unesco World Heritage List. As per the official nomination:
Located at the heart of Andalusia in southern Spain, the site comprises three megalithic monuments: the Menga and Viera dolmens and the Tholos of El Romeral, and two natural monuments: La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal mountainous formations, which are landmarks within the property. Built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age out of large stone blocks, these monuments form chambers with lintelled roofs or false cupolas. These three tombs, buried beneath their original earth tumuli, are one of the most remarkable architectural works of European prehistory and one of the most important examples of European Megalithism.
I love megalithic constructions: I admire how ancient civilizations could erect such huge pieces of rock with no other tools than their intelligence! Amazingly, Mankind has always been interested in the hereafter. Maybe is exactly and only this point what distinguishes us from animals
But dolmens are only one stop among the many options: Antequera is a Baroque tiny city that will surprise you in every extent, and this obviously includes gastronomy as well. One of my greatest surprises was the restaurant I chose, though. Charo Carmona cooks in her tiny old restaurant Artedecozina with passion and determination. She has been researching the history of Islamic and Sephardic cuisine, which she presents today with a new twist. An amazing experience for foodies, I must say!
The ice on the cake is El Torcal Natural Park, where you can have wonderful hikes. The karstic formations remind somehow the Cappadocia and the beautiful surroundings make it the ideal setting for a perfect day.