Parador de Antequera
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- Twin rooms (50)
- Double rooms (4)
- Room with living room (4)
- Capacity (116)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air-conditioned bedrooms
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (60km)
- Station (2km)
- Port (49km)
Parador de Antequera - Modern hotel (4*)
This spacious, modern, white-walled Parador is situated in the historic city of Antequera, known to the Romans as Anticaria, and now called ‘The Heart of Andalusia’ because of its central position in relation to Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Seville. The Parador de Antequera was recently renovated to bring a thoroughly modern feel to its traditional rustic appearance.
The Parador’s gardens are an ideal location for a few days’ pure relaxation with some sun and a good book. In addition, the outdoor swimming pool is always on hand as the perfect refreshment if and when you need to cool off.
The Parador’s elevated position also furnishes its gardens with superb panoramic views of the plains of Antequera.
The historic city of Antequera, known to the Romans as Anticaria, and now called ‘The Heart of Andalusia’ because of its central position in relation to Andalucia’s principal cities. The city was recaptured from the Moors in 1410, and there are some fine buildings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, while nearby are two famous Bronze Age burial sites and the strange rock formations in the national park of El Torcal.
Modern-day Antequera is both a charming city and a very authentic Andalucian experience. On a stroll down into town from the Parador you will pass the bullring and if you turn left onto Calle de la Alameda you will be presented with numerous options if you feel like savouring some tapas with the locals.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.00 to 22:30 Sunday to Thursday and 20:30 - 23:00 Fridays and Saturdays.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
The restaurant offers "Porra antequerana" (smooth cream of tomato and peppers with cooked egg and ham), "Bienmesabe antequerano" (sponge cake make with special squash compote, syrup and almonds), "Gazpacho" (cold tomato and vegetables soup), "Angelorum" (dessert made from sponge cake with cooked egg yolk and whipped egg whites).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 15 May until the 30 September.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador is located on the Paseo García del Olmo, a beautiful landscaped part of Antequera just a few minutes from the historical town centre of Antequera. It is 49 km from Málaga, 99 km from Granada, 150km from Sevilla and 122km from Córdoba. The Parador is located very close to the city's Plaza de Toros (bullring).
Malaga Gibralfaro - 40km
Malaga Golf - 55km
Nerja - 80km
Ronda - 96km
Malaga Airport - 55km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.