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El Torcal de Antequera, Antequera

4.8
Must see · World heritage site · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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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El Torcal de Antequera reviews

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4.8
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  • Up to the visitor centre by 10 am on a Wednesday morning, plenty of parking, amber walk for 3km, plenty of photos and time for a coffee and way by 12. Great views, well worth the visit 
    Up to the visitor centre by 10 am on a Wednesday morning, plenty of parking, amber walk for 3km, plenty of photos and time for a coffee and way by 12. Great views, well worth the visit  more »
  • In Antequera I rented an e bike for 35€, to get me up to this park. Getting out of town was the most complicated of the journey. It took about an hour to cycle there, and I hiked the yellow trail... 
    In Antequera I rented an e bike for 35€, to get me up to this park. Getting out of town was the most complicated of the journey. It took about an hour to cycle there, and I hiked the yellow trail...  more »
  • We travel by moto, so any road is good in Spain. El Torcal trails at peak, end of the road, give great views of the rock formations and surroundings. Visit the dolmens in Antequera and the... 
    We travel by moto, so any road is good in Spain. El Torcal trails at peak, end of the road, give great views of the rock formations and surroundings. Visit the dolmens in Antequera and the...  more »
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  • Nice for easy and short walk. Parking on top, just next to path start. Restaurant/bar available there with pleasant prices. Great panoramic views. Rocks on path very slippery though during rain. Brush and bucket for cleaning shoes at the end of path is very nice and thoughtful touch!
  • Really enjoyed this park. We went on a Sunday and while it was very busy we still had a great time. We arrived at 10.30 and the top car park was already full. A good shuttle bus system is in place so we were able to park in the bottom car park and catch the shuttle for €2 per person for the return trip (keep your ticket for the return trip), When we came back to our car about 12.30 the bottom car park was also full and people were parked on the side of the road. I’d recommend coming early or later in the afternoon when some people have left. The scenery is great, we enjoyed the walk and the cafe had good coffee.
  • Amazing place to take a hike and discover interesting rock formations that aren't that common to find in nature. We took a shorter, green road that's easy to hike with kids (about 40 min without kids they say) and yellow one makes a bigger circle.
  • Magnificent scenery and amazing rock formations. Easy to access with a good visitor centre and good size car park. Small café/ bar in the complex and a toilet block. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
  • Amazing example of “karst” landscape. Its name comes from torcas Meaning sinkholes. Interesting formations Of circular concavities. This is limestone more than 150 million years old formed by marine debris thanks to erosion. It’s really something different to see and feel when you’re up in the antequerras. Expect the temperature to be a few degrees lower than sea level due to altitude. There are walking circuits anything from one to 3 1/2 km. I would suggest suitable for beginners but there is some essence and decent and pebble paths with big rocks that require large upward and downward steps are in so the fitness of the hiker must be ample. There are disability provisions made by the national park please check these are suitable for your purposes on an individual basis. All in all the drive up and down the mountain to spend an afternoon walking around a wonderful national park is well worth your time in a visit.

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