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The Alcabaza, Antequera

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The Alcazaba, Antequera
The Alcazaba, Antequera
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The lure of sunswept beaches draws plenty of visitors, and in consequence plenty of of budget priced flights, to Malaga Airport on Spain's Costa del Sol.

Arriving at Malaga, traditional Spanish towns are only a short drive away but a world away in ambience. Fifty or so km north from Malaga is Antequera, an ancient town on a hill overlooking a fertile valley which has been settled since at least the Bronze age.

Today it is a typically Spanish town of white houses and red roofs with many churches and a central fortress, the Alcazaba, at its highest point. San Sebastian square in the centre of Antequera has a central fountain and a beautiful church with orange tree outside; reasonably priced hotels and guest houses are in side streets here. Pavement cafes provide coffee and breakfast for visitors, who are mainly Spanish; speaking a bit of Spanish is useful.
The Calle Infante Don Fernando, the city's main artery, runs north from the square. Much of Antequera still has its medieval street plan and is best to explore on foot, enjoying the views on the climb upwards to the Alcazaba.
Reaching the Alcazaba there are great views over the land around, including the dramatic rock formation known as the Lovers Leap. The fortress dates back to the times of the Moors and it held out against the Reconquista for a while. Most of the fortress is about a thousand years old but Christian conquerers added the bell tower, where visitors now stand waiting for the bell to strike the hour.
Check the opening times, which are longer April-September, to get access to the ramparts and the tower. Even if it is closed it's worth the climb just for the views.

Near to Antequera, Fuente del Piedra lagoon is worth visiting to see Europe's second largest colony of flamingos.

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

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