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El Torcal de Antequera

El Torcal de Antequera: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Malaga: Torcal Antequera Natural Park & Dolmens Site

1. From Malaga: Torcal Antequera Natural Park & Dolmens Site

Explore Antequera's natural beauty and fascinating history with a half-day trip from Malaga. Go on a 3km hike through the El Torcal Natural Park, stop at the Torcal Visitor Center, and see the famous UNESCO World Heritage Dolmens Site. Begin your tour in Malaga near the María Zambrano train station. Meet your guide there and board your bus before heading to Antequera. Your first stop in Antequera is the Dolmens Site. Marvel at the massive monolithic monuments. See the Menga and Viera dolmens, Tholos of El Romeral, La Peña de los Enamorados, and El Torcal before driving to the El Torcal Natural Park. At the park, join your guide on a 3km hike past ghostly rock formations. After your hike, enjoy some free time to eat and visit the Torcal Visitor Center. Check out the bar, souvenir shop, toilets, and a small museum before returning to Malaga.

Antequera: Dolmens and El Torcal Tour with Transfer

2. Antequera: Dolmens and El Torcal Tour with Transfer

Discover three neolithic graves that show the death not as the ending of live, but as a transition to another way of being. Learn about the connection between the graves and nature from your knowledgeable guide. All three dolmens formed rock chambers with lintelled roofs and were used for rituals and funerals. 1200 meters above sea level, these megalithic structures display fossils and limestone formations. Take a walk where millions of years ago fishes were swimming and take in the breathtaking countryside surrounding you.

El Torcal de Antequera Hike with Transfer

3. El Torcal de Antequera Hike with Transfer

Get picked up from your hotel the center of Antequera in a vintage blue van and travel for 20 minutes to the hike's starting point, 1200 meters (4000ft) above sea level. Then, your adventure begins. Begin the 4,5 km hikie (3 miles) along the Ammonites Route. Listen to your guide explain about all the different steps involved in the geological formation of the Natural Park of El Torcal.  As you walk over the stones and fossils, feel the mystery of this place, which has only changed because of millions of years of erosion. Take in the extraordinary views and curious stone shapes which make you feel as if you're walking across another planet altogether. 

Málaga: Dolmens and El Torcal de Antequera Guided Day Trip

4. Málaga: Dolmens and El Torcal de Antequera Guided Day Trip

Meet at the convenient meeting spot in Málaga and enjoy comfortable transfer on this guided day trip. On the tour will you will discover the nature reserve and its wondrous rock formations, named karst towers. Explore this peculiar landscape that is quite unlike anywhere else, and learn about the terrain and how the towers are formed from your expert guide. Then you can investigate three neolithic graves, also called dolmens. These rock chambers were used for rituals and funerals. 1200 meters above sea level, the megalithic structures display fossils and limestone formations and you can hear the stories of what lived here millions of years ago, as well as the funeral rites and culture of the people entombed there.

From Malaga: Torcal de Antequera Hiking Tour

5. From Malaga: Torcal de Antequera Hiking Tour

Your day of adventure starts with a comfortable mini-van ride. When you arrive, your tour guide will lead you through the UNESCO world heritage site to see the sphinx, robot, screw and cathedral rock formations, as well as discover the hidden Ammonites in the park. Regarded as one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe, El Torcal de Antequera is full of unique geological rock formations for you to discover. While you hike, your local guide will teach you about how these ancient rock shapes were formed. Enjoy the scenery around you with multiple stops at different viewpoints. And, don’t forget to keep an eye out for griffon vultures, wild goats, reptiles, and wild foxes that sometimes appear looking for food.

From Malaga: El Torcal de Antequera and Dolmens Tour

6. From Malaga: El Torcal de Antequera and Dolmens Tour

Located one hour from Malaga, the El Torcal Natural park has one of the most complete and spectacular Karstic landscapes in Europe . This walking tour of 1.5 kilometre contains amazing limestone accumulation that are over 200 million years old , caused by the purification and deposition of marine sediments over the year. As well as the affect of of the weather system. In addition, its fauna and flora will amaze you . You can find animals such as the mountain goat , the griffon vulture and the golden eagle among others in El Torcal. After enjoying a cooling refreshment in the park´s cafe, we head to Antequera, and it´s Dolmens, which date back 4500 years. Here, our guide will show you the ancient Dolmens, which are Bronze age chambers used for burials and made from huge blocks of stone, covered with soil to form great mounds. These Dolmens are even older than the great Egyptian pyramids!

From Málaga: Guided Hike in El Torcal de Antequera

7. From Málaga: Guided Hike in El Torcal de Antequera

Discover one of the most amazing karstic landscapes in the world on this hiking trip from Málaga to the Torcal de Antequera nature reserve. Embark on a magical 3-mile journey, traveling millions of years into the past as you walk through stones that were under the Tethys Sea. After pickup, cross the mountains of Málaga, first by highway and then by road, into the beautiful countryside. Arrive 1200 meters above sea level at the starting point, the Torcal Alto Visitor Center, and begin your 4.5 km (3-mile) hike via the Ammonites Route. Explore all the different geological formations of the natural park. Feel the mystery of this place, only changed because of millions of years of erosion. Spot unique scenery and stone shapes that will make you feel you’ve traveled to a different planet or time. Finish your tour back at the visitor center.

From Málaga: Guided Tour of Torcal de Antequera and Dolmens

8. From Málaga: Guided Tour of Torcal de Antequera and Dolmens

Explore these two wonderful Unesco World Heritage Sites, Los Dolmenes, and the Torcal de Antequera, on a half day excursion. We will depart in a comfortable coach from Malaga accompanied by a guide who will take us into the history of these two sites. Marvel at the massive monolithic monuments. See the Menga and Viera dolmens, Tholos of El Romeral, La Peña de los Enamorados, and El Torcal before driving to the El Torcal Natural Park. At the park, join your guide on a 3km hike past ghostly rock formations. After your hike, enjoy some free time to eat and visit the Torcal Visitor Center. Check out the bar, souvenir shop, toilets, and a small museum before returning to Malaga.

Antequera and Torcal from Málaga

9. Antequera and Torcal from Málaga

Explore the beautiful Antequera and incredible Torcal on this day trip from Malaga with an expert local guide. Your first stop on the tour will be Antequera. Antequera presents a great historical relevance since the earliest settlements in the Palaeolithic period took place, later becoming a very important point thanks to its busy commercial activity for being in the middle of different provinces. The city with more churches per capita in Spain is full of palaces, white houses, convents and monasteries. You'll stop off at the collegiate church of Santa María for amazing views of the whole city, across to the Roman archaeological site, the Arab fortress of Alcazaba and the natural landscape around the mountain Peñón de los Enamorados, subject of an interesting local legend. You will penetrate deep into history with a visit to the archaeological complex of Antequera’s Dolmens, declared a Cultural Asset. From here you'll travel only a few kilometers to see the Torcal, a unique geological natural site, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. During all the day you will be accompanied by an expert guide, that not only will accompany you throughout the day, but will also regale you with important facts about the places that you will visit to help you understand the local history and customs.

Costa del Sol: Private Tour to Antequera

10. Costa del Sol: Private Tour to Antequera

Antequera is known as the Heart of Andalusia, and this private tour shows you exactly why. Explore this charming city's extensive archaeological and architectural heritage in the company of a knowledgeable guide. After pickup from your hotel, take a relaxing ride through the Spanish countryside to Antequera, where you are greeted by clean, white homes and buildings with elegantly shingled roofs. Charming cobblestoned streets dotted with shops and cafes can be seen at every turn as you drive through the city, enjoying fascinating stories from your guide. Have your camera ready as you make stops at churches, convents, and palaces representing various periods of Spanish history and several styles of architecture. Visit a complex of dolmens, cave-like tombs, which serve as a burial ground dating back to 3,000 B.C. Your guide will inform you of how these caves were built and their relationship to astronomy. Continue your tour to the Alcazaba of Antequera, a monumental fortress erected during the 14th century. Admire its 2 imposing towers and the Moorish ruins surrounding them before making your way to the Roman baths nearby. Your journey ends with transportation back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about El Torcal de Antequera

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Had a great time, Jose Miguel is a good guide, driver and photographer. He's enthusiastic and knows what he's talking about. The views are amazing. Unfortunately we didn't do the 3km hike as said in the description. We only did the 1.5km as this was more beautiful or maybe some other reason? Please change the description cause we were up for a bit of a hike. However definitely worth it. After the hike we saw the incredible dolmen. Oh and the mountain goats were cool!

Amazing trip! Our guide José Miguel was very friendly and helpful. He explained a lot about the place and guided us through one of incredible routes. I really recommend this trip. The view is wonderful, also it’s very peaceful and quiet. It was a great pleasure to visit this natural park. After our route we visited the dolmens. It was very interesting!!!

Nice trip done through a coincidence nature reserve with our enthusiastic guide/personal photographer José Miguel, he can tell a lot about the area, that's great

Super sweet, knowledgeable and service-oriented guide .. exciting trip in nature

Amazing landscapes. A factual and smiling guide. A trip worth recommending!