Thursday, 26 May 2011

Travels with Bruce and Russ

I met up with friends Bruce and Russ this morning for a trip to Mollina and Antequera, about 70 kms or an hours drive east of Olvera.
Our intention was to visit an english language bookshop in Mollina but unfortunately it was closed so we continued to the nearby historic town of Antequera.

Recalling my last visit a year ago, we parked near to the bullring and walked the short distance to the main shopping area.

Through a side entrance we saw an incredible courtyard and followed a sign indicating that the main entrance was in the next street.

After passing through a security gate and scanner, it turned out to be the 17th century "Casa Consistorial", now housing the administrative offices of the local authority.

The patio was stunning in its architecture.

We continued our exploration, heading onwards and upwards to the ancient fortress that overlooks the town.

The main thoroughfare ends at the Plaza San Sebastian.

Here, the Colegiata de San Sebastian, open to the public and containing some beautiful paintings and artefacts.

A relatively easy uphill stretch brought us to the 16th century "Arco de los Gigantes", through which you enter into the Plaza Santa Maria.

The Real Colegiata de Santa Maria de la Mayor dominates the Plaza.

The view looking back across the plaza towards the arched entrance.

The entrance to the ancient 14th century "Alcazaba" is also in the Plaza though since my last visit, a small entrance fee is now charged....but well worth it.

Here, "Homenaje's Tower", the entrance to the ramparts and fantastic views over Antequera and beyond.

The main Parade Ground.

Part of the old clock mechanism is now a feature on the ascent up "Homenaje's Tower" and below the huge bell at the top of the tower.

Looking through to the "Torre Blanca" (White Tower).

Bruce and Russ enjoying the scenery and the fabulous views over Antequera.
Incredible views, even though today was slightly overcast with occasional light showers.

A thoroughly enjoyable day out in good company and a great destination with much more to explore on another occasion.

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