El Torcal de Antequera

Parque Natural El Torqual


Useful Information

Location: 40km north of Málaga, 15km south of Antequera. Follow the road C3310 through Villanueva de la Concepción. Some km after the village a road to the left leads to the Visitor Center.
(36.963611, -4.545556)
Open: Visitor Center: NOV to MAR daily 10-17. APR to OCT daily 10-19.
Closed 25-DEC. 01-JAN, 06-JAN.
Route of Ammonites: All year Sat 10:30, 15:15. Please be there 30min earlier for briefing.
[2020]
Fee: free.
Route of Ammonites: Adults EUR 10, Children (7-12) EUR 9, Children (0-6) not allowed.
[2020]
Classification: KarstBare karst KarstStone Forest
Light: n/a
Dimension: A=1,100-1,370m asl
Guided tours: self guided.
Route of Ammonites: L=4.5km, D=3h.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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Address: Centro de Visitantes Torcal Alto, Ctra. A-7075, km 42 (Antequera, Málaga). E-mail: E-mail:
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Description

The limestone rocks of El Torcal de Antequera are formed by erosion and corrosion. You see Karstkarren giving the rocks a fantastic shape. There are towers, gorges, sculptures and balancing rocks. And of course there are typical features of a bare karst area: loosing streams, karren, dolines, and caves.

The easiest way to visit this area is by foot from the Visitor Center. Here start several trails which are easy to walk, physical ability and appropriate clothes (shoes) provided. The green trail is for the sunday visitor, 1.5km stroll, an interesting hour in the park. The yellow and red trails are for the more ambitious visitors. As typical for Spain, the weather is mostly sunny in the park, only in winter there may be some rains and the park is often misty. Normally sun protection, a hat, enough to drink and good walking shoes are the appropriate equipment.

The Route des Ammoniter (Route of Ammonites) is a trail which is only accessible with a guided tour. The reason is not its difficulty, but the abundance of ammonites in the rock which were