One of the biggest surprises during our hikes in the area was undoubtedly the natural park “El Torcal de Antequera”. This park, full of extraordinary karst formations, is one of the most unique natural areas in the whole of Spain.
El Torcal de Antequera is located in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range in the north of the province of Málaga, between the towns of Antequera and Villanueva de la Concepción. The park is no less than 1171 hectares. It is also sometimes called the pancake mountains, because of the different layers of rocks that seem to be piled up like a stack of pancakes. In 1929 the park was recognized as a protected area and recently El Torcal de Antequera was even declared world heritage by Unesco.
During a walk through natural park Torcal de Antequera you can let your imagination run wild. The karst formations, which were already formed in prehistoric times, have been sculpted by erosion into the most extraordinary shapes over the years. During your walk you may also come across griffon vultures, lizards, foxes, ibexes and many wild flowers.
From the parking place at the visitors center there are three routes: yellow (1,5 km), green (2,5 km) and orange (4,5 km). If you are going to walk the yellow route you can follow the green route for the most part and then keep following the yellow route for the 1,5 km. At that point you can still decide to follow the green route.
How to get to El Torcal de Antequera by car?
For people who like nature, the park is very good to visit as a day trip and is about 65 minutes drive from our accommodation on the highways. (paying tax) Driving through the inland (about 90 minutes) is an experience in itself and a fantastic route through the mountain landscape with many hairpin bends and great views. Along the way you will find several nice places and villages where you can enjoy a drink and snack on the terrace. The last kilometers the park is well indicated with signs to El Torcal and parking at the visitor center is free!
By google maps you can easily reach the park.
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