Málaga Province - Northern Málaga Province

Alameda Antequera
This small town of barely 5,000 inhabitants north-west of Antequera is probably most famous for its cadaverous celebrity El Tempranillo.
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A visit to this historical Andalucían town is a journey almost 5,000 years back in time.
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Archidona Campillos
In the north of Málaga Province, about 50 km from Málaga City at the foothills of the Sierra de Gracia, is the village of Archidona.
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A peaceful little town of less than 8000 inhabitants, equidistant between the Costa del Sol, Granada and Sevilla.
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Fuente de Piedra Mollina
The village of Fuente de Piedra is close to the Natural park and lake; Laguna de Fuente de Piedra.
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There has been a human settlement on the site of this small town since Neolithic times.
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Sierra de Yeguas Teba
In Sierra de Yeguas, whose surroundings are very plain and agricultural, the most recognised monument is the 18th century Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción.
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The small town of Teba has one of the most extraordinary historical connections of any of Andalucía's pueblos.
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Villanueva del Rosario Villanueva de Tapia
If you are searching for hidden treasure, the white village of Villanueva del Rosario could be a good starting point.
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This little village of just 2,000 inhabitants is 85 kilometres from Malaga City and at sits at around 660 metres above sea level.
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Villanueva del Trabuco  
The village of Villanueva de Trabuco is one of the attractive Andaluz white villages in the Antequera area.
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You don´t have to travel far from Malaga city to encounter a bit of rural tranquility. A mere 2km north of the centre are the immense pine forests of the Montes de Malaga Natural Park.

Only around 50km northwest of Malaga is some surprisingly rugged landscape with a dramatic gorge, several immense reservoirs and a scattering of Moorish towns and villages with intriguing histories. Also here is one of the most impressive limestone landscapes in Europe, the Torcal de Antequera Natural Area, with its strangely eroded shapes, located near the village of Villanueva de la Concepción.

From Malaga city, you can follow the Guadalhorce valley northwest of Malaga, which becomes more and more stunning as you get closer to the series of reservoirs at the top of the valley. Cártama and Pizarra are the first villages you pass on this route, then Álora with its hilltop Moorish castle and Ardales, which makes a great base for exploring the area and the pretty villages around the reservoirs.

Close to Ardales is the main attraction of this valley, the magnificent steep-sided gorge of El Chorro, otherwise known as the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Area. Other places worth a visit in the area include the extraordinary medieval citadel of Bobastro; the spa village of Carratraca; Teba, which has its own mini-version of El Chorro, the gorge known as the Tajo del Molino which is rich in wildlife; and the Valle de Abdalajis, popular with hang-gliders. The Guadalhorce reservoirs north of El Chorro have many excellent spots for a picnic or for swimming.

If you´re here in spring or summer, don´t miss the unforgettable sight of thousands of flamingos on the lake in the Fuente de Piedra Natural Reserve, north of El Torcal and El Chorro. The lake has been dubbed the pink lagoon, because of the burst of colour created by the flocks of flamingos.

Along with Fuente de Piedra are a number of wetland lakes attracting flamingos along with many additional species of waterfowl. Just south of the Fuente de Piedra is a series of protected lakes, the Lagunas de Campillos Natural Reserve, a few kilometres from the town of Campillos. North of the Fuente de Piedra is the Laguna de la Ratosa Natural Reserve, near the village of Alameda. East of Archidona is the Lagunas de Archidona Natural Reserve.

Also north of Malaga is Antequera, which offers an incredible array of sights, including a medieval fortress, elegant mansions and several fascinating museums. Around this town is an area dotted with historic villages such as Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco, Mollina, Alameda and Villanueva de Tapia.