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48km (29 miles) N of Málaga, 99km (61 miles) E of Granada, 164km (101 miles) SE of Seville

Celebrated for its Moorish castle and its dozens of antique churches, Antequera is one of Andalusia's most historic, yet undiscovered, towns. Recent excavations indicate that it was populated as early as the 1st century A.D. Christian settlers who moved in after the Reconquista left a legacy of two dozen historic churches.

This market town and industrial city with a population of 40,000 straddles two hills in the valley of the River Guadalhorce. No remote corner, Antequera is on the main rail route to Granada and at the junction of three arteries leading to the most important cities of Andalusia: Seville, Granada, and Córdoba. It's also a convenient day trip from Málaga.

Allow at least a half-day to see the highlights of Antequera; set aside more time if you wish to explore the rugged, mountainous country to its south and east.