Alcazaba de Antequera

Antequera, Spain

The Alcazaba of Antequera was erected in the 14th century to counter the Christian advance from the north, over Roman ruins.

The fortress is rectangular in shape, with two towers. Its keep (Torre del homenaje, 15th century) is considered amongst the largest of Moorish al-Andalus, with the exception of the Comares Tower of the Alhambra. It is surmounted by a Catholic bell tower/chapel (Templete del Papabellotas) added in 1582.

Connected to the former by a line of walls is the Torre Blanca ('white tower').



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Mike Salter (6 months ago)
A wonderful place with great views. We had a very peaceful enjoyable walk through the gardens.
Tonya Santos (10 months ago)
Fantastic place and well-preserved. Amazing views. Enjoyed visiting this place. Not to be missed.
Olga Hanninen (10 months ago)
Wonderful experience to visit medieval Arabian castle XI century Alcazaba with ancient ruins of the roman baths with mosaic floor, which are located down of the castle walls. Must see
G Griff (10 months ago)
Moorish ruins within the old town of Antequera on a strategic hilltop overlooking the entire valley. Free Parking at Alcazaba or along street. Can get a combined ticket with Real Colegiata next door. Or come on non festival Tuesday’s between 2:00 and 5:30 for free entrance to both!!! Enter the hilltop plaza containing the sites through the large Arcos. To the right is the Alcazaba. Nice gate entrance followed by garden of mainly green shrubbery. Wide walkway through the ruins leading to the main wall and 2 towers. The ruins are not much to see. Little more than holes and some rock walls. But the 2 towers and wall are excellent! Bell tower has interesting side rooms. One has 16 inch stone cannon shot. The old clock mechanism still remains. Nice views at top with bell. The plaza also has views of the Roman baths and of course the Arcos. It really is a good visit. Makes a great Antequera day visit with the Dolmens and The El Torcal rock formations! If you are heading back to Málaga, take the scenic route back on A7075 until it connects with A7!
Ahaeli C (11 months ago)
Beautiful scenery and not many people around on weekdays in April. Basically no wait time, affordable tickets and free audio guide which can be scanned with QR code! Lovely place!
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