Hotels in Antequera Spain
Antequera has always been of great historical importance in Spain and in particular in Andalucia. Due to it’s excellent location it has seen numerous different conquerors stake claim to it over many many centuries. You only have to delve into the history of Antequera to see just how rich and varied it has been. This is one of the big attractions of the town to this day. Many tourists come from all over Spain and Europe to see for themselves all of that history, and of course to soak up the atmosphere of one of Andalucia’s well known places.
Antequera features in many guide books and as a recommended place to visit when in Andalucia and Spain. This is also helped by its many historical buildings and squares, its golf course, the El Torcal national park, the nearby Flamingo Lake and Wolf Park. This has meant that a growing number of international and national visitors come here to see it, not only for its history, but because it has a great selection of things to do.
Then there is the business visitor. Antequera is called the ‘crossroads of Andalucia’ because of its geographical location in Andalcuia. It is close to all the major Andalucia cities and easy to reach via train, bus or car. Apart from many businesses locating here for that reason it is also a very central place to meet for those businesses holding conferences or meetings.
So, where are the places to stay in Antequera ?
There is a hotel for every experience in Antequera and they are found in different areas of the town. As Antequera is a place that attracts both business and pleasure visitors there is an ever increasing demand for hotels and places to stay.
There are the hotels in town or rather in the centre and these are all within easy walking distance of the shops, bars, restaurants and historical attractions. Antequera is a place best explored on foot as this way you get to see all the hidden corners that driving just does not allow you to spend enough time enjoying.
The central hotels are often functional hotels that offer good, clean but basic accommodation at a very reasonable price. Usually 2 or 3 star, they often family run and it is not unusual to meet the whole family on duty at one stage or another. Some great places to stay in the centre would be Hotel La Castilla, Hotel Coso Viejo, Hotel Colon, Hotel Plaza San Sebastian, and Hotel Coso San Francisco. All of these places will offer you a warm welcome and meant hat you are close to everything in the centre of Antequera so that exploring on foot is made very easy.
Staying on one of these hotels will bring with it a few downsides! It can mean that parking is a little more difficult as Antequera is a very busy town during the days. Most of the hotels will have parking available at a small extra charge but it will be in a garage away from the hotel itself. Usually within 5 minutes walk but it does mean that you have to unload collect the entrance key and then go and park.
To first time visitors in Antequera it may also mean that a hotel in the centre is a little harder to find as you will not be acquainted with the streets and road system. Having said that most hotels will have signs dotted on the outskirts of the town to direct you into the general area and then it will be a case of asking a local who we can assure you will be only too happy to help.
The final downside will be noise. Some of the hotels will be on prominent streets in Antequera and this can mean that when the day starts, and ends you may find it a little noisy. In the summer months the rubbish is collected during the early hours as well so don’t be surprised to hear the trucks passing and lifting the bins!
However all this is the real Spain. What you see, hear, eat, smell here will be what nearly all busy, working Spanish towns are like and is what makes them interesting, worth visiting and adds to the charm of the experience.
There are then the hotels on the inner outskirts of the centre of Antequera such as the Hotel Las Villas and Hotel Antequera Golf. They are a 3 and 4 star respectively and with this comes a few more creature comforts. The hotels both offer parking on site, and a more comprehensive ‘hotel’ experience. Easier to find and use when arriving by vehicle to the town. However without the lively buzz that the centre offers. Both are within walking distance of the centre, Las Villas slightly closer than Antequera Golf Hotel but the golf hotel does offer transport into the centre in the form of a free mini bus (when in operation). The Las Villas can still be a little noisy but there is no doubt that the Antequera Golf is in the quieter side of town.
The outskirts of Antequera have a number of hotels available to you. There is the Finca Eslava Hotel, the relatively recently opened Hotel Los Dolmenes and the Hotel Lozano. These are all easily accessible from the motorways which run around the town of Antequera. All have parking and offer all the services related to a hotel. Due to their location it means walking into the town is more difficult and it is likely you will need to drive or taxi into town. Although only 5 minutes drive from the centre it may mean that you miss the opportunity to experience the centre of town to its maximum.
If you decide to visit without arranging a hotel before hand do not worry as the tourist office on Plaza San Sebastian will be happy to help you to find one and recommend one that meets your needs.