Excursions into the unremembered past of Spain’s Malaga

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MALAGA province is steeped in history — both ancient and modern — and autumn the perfect season to plan excursions and discover its historical treasures.

Malaga city itself is one of the oldest cities in the world with close to three thousand years of history with Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian influences.

This rich artistic heritage throughout the city and province makes it a history aficionado’s paradise.

The ruins of the Roman theatre of Acinipo, the Alcazaba and the dolmens of Antequera are among the many places you can plan to visit this autumn.

1. Those visiting Ronda or travelling to Seville should consider this detour. The ancient city of Acinipo is at a place known locally as Ronda la Vieja (Old Ronda) being 15km north of Ronda.

Some historians believe that Acinipo was created after the battle of Munda (45 BC), fought between the armies of Julius Caesar and the army of Pompey’s two sons, Gnaeus and Sextus.

Acinipo has one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in Spain.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-2.30pm, free.

2. The Alcazaba, a fortress palace, whose name in Arabic means ‘citadel’ is a limestone, palm tree-lined palace built under Arab rule.

This fortress, which lasted for nearly 700 years during the 11th century. is a gem of Moorish design and is one of the Malaga’s most visited historical monuments.

Winter (November 1 – March 31): 9am to 6.00pm.

Summer (Abril 1- Octubre 31) : 9am to 8.00pm.

The standard price is €3,50

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The Alcazaba: One of the Malaga’s most visited historical monuments.

3. The Antequera Dolmens Archaeological Site, included in the List of World Heritage Sites of Unesco, comprises three megalithic monuments Dolmens of Menga, Viera and El Romeral in Antequera, Malaga, and is considered one of the best and best-known examples of European megalithic complexes.

Open Tuesday-Saturday: 9 am to 6.00pm free.

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The Antequera Dolmens: considered one of the best and best-known examples of European megalithic complexes.

Cristina Hodgson

Half English, half Spanish animal person. Cristina loves writing about all things fitness, travel and culture, she is also a script writer and novelist. When she's not typing away, you can find her enjoying outdoor sports somewhere off the beaten track in Andalucia. If you have a story get in touch! [email protected]

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