For the rest of our trip we stayed in a superb airbnb 🏰 is a town called Antequera 🏯.  Antequera is directly north of Malaga and in-between Seville and Granada, a good location 📉.

We scooped up Laura from the train station 🚂 and arrived at Calle Federico Garcia Lorca (the nice lady on the sat nav isnt too good at Spanish – ‘calais federi co gar cia lor ca’ – I don’t do it as well as her – she says the ‘c’s hard ‘c’s, like ‘k’ for ‘kettle’ – it’s almost delightful.)  The airbnb was great –  modern with a pool 🏊 and an amazing view out over the town and the countryside towards the ‘Peña de los Enamorados’ 💔, a large rock 🗿that looks like a man’s head in profile and is known as the ‘Lover’s rock’ 💘 as a moorish girl 👧and a christian boy 👦threw themselves from it, knowing that they could never be together.  I was fond of this rock by the time we left, it’s a really wonderful landmark 🗿.

The airbnb was ideal and we decided we should also explore Antequera 🏯 – Andy’s guidebook described it at the ‘Florence of Andalucia’ ⛪️ and it does have some rather nice churches and old streets.  I think the nicest thing is that there aren’t too many other tourists 👫👫.  We visited the Acazabar – the fortress 🏤 – which has an excellent audio guide, and nice views.

The other things we got excited about in Antequera was a fruit shop  🍓🍊🍌🍍🍇- SO MUCH fruit – the man running the shop was quite baffled by us, the oranges are the best 🍊.  We had some good food 🍴- Friday night was spent in Sal y Pimienta – and if you ever find yourself in Antequera please go here.  It is a tiny little bar 🍻, with one lady behind the bar 💁 and her mother 🙋in the kitchen, and was full to the brim with locals 👪.  More and more intriguing tapas kept appearing 🍛 – ‘you must try this’ – and much ‘jerez’ 🍷was drunk.  We even made friends with the woman who runs the ‘Lobo Parc’ (that’s wolves) 🐺 and promised her we would visit.  Whilst in Antequera we ate at a number of good places – however would not recommend the 80s bar 🎤.  Spanish 80s music……and we really did try our best to dance, but they could have just played some Madonna 💃 – the poor youth of Antequera.  Surprisingly it was mainly filled with middle aged ladies all samba / salsaing away 💃- so perhaps we had chosen the wrong nightlife – they were much taken with Andy’s dancing 👯.

We visited La Laguna de Fuente Piedra ⛲️ where the flamingos 🐦 spend their time when they aren’t in Africa.  We were very excited to see the flamingos 🐦 but sadly they are more sensible than us – and almost all of them had to decided to hide away from the horrid weather ☔️ – but we did see some , including a black and white one 🐦- apparently this happens when they don’t eat the right food 🍤 that gives them their pink colour 💕.  They are really quite marvellous birds, and we watched them for quite some while – although it looks as though their knees bend backwards – they don’t – these joints are actually their ankles.  They are very handsome birds 🐦💕.

I liked Antequera a lot 🏯 – I liked the airbnb with it’s amazing view and we did spend lots of time reading 📚 and not doing too much. The following day was our trip to Granada to see the Alhambra 🏰, and I will tell you all about it tomorrow!

Alice xxx

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Enjoying the view
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Stocking up
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view over Antequera
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Pena de los Enamorados (view of the ‘lover’s rock’)
At the top of the Alcazaba tower – Antequera’s Fortress
Took a photo
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Fun tower
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And the countryside – I liked the tree on the hilltop in the distance
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The sun came out! Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor
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Church and a good sky – Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor
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blue blue skies
Some flamingos
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Andy’s afternoon snack..
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And then we went out to Sal y Pimienta

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