El Torcal de Antequera, Antequera

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Must see · World heritage site · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
El Torcal de Antequera offers impressive views of an expansive stretch of dramatic natural rock formations. Limestone from the Jurassic era remained here after the prehistoric sea dried up. The formations left behind now have names: the Sphinx, the Jug, the Camel, the Screw, and more. Keep an eye out for wild roses; orchids, of which there are 30 varieties in the park; and wildlife, such as the Andalusian mountain goat. Scenic viewpoints are accessible from all the hiking trails. As long as it’s not one of the busier weekends of the year, you can take your car all the way to the upper visitors’ center. Plan your El Torcal de Antequera visit and explore what else you can see and do in Antequera using our Antequera route builder app.
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  • What a wonderful scenic view from the top of El Torcel. You need your wits about you driving up the steep, winding road to the top but it is definitely worth it. You can see all the way to the...  more »
  • This limestone plateau is amazing. There are 2 fairly easy walks with some scrambling involved which take you through the rocks but it is easy to leave the path and explore a little on your own with.....  more »
  • Simply loved it! I've already been twice and will go many more times. It's simply incredible what nature is capable of, and this site is a clear example. There are various routes and paths to follow, depending on how fit one is. There's also a cafeteria to have a nib and vending machines for refreshments. I would also recommend nocturnal visits to the observatory, on site, where an astrologer explains the formation of constellations, the different planets, which you can even see through an amazing telescope. It's 9 euros, and completely worth it!
  • Nature is the best sculptor. Rainwater has shaped these rocks and it is up to your imagination to align them with real existing images. Avoid to visit on weekends and try to get their in the morning (10 a.m.). But carry a sweater. It is fresh up there.....

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