Antequera plays home to a collection of megalithic monuments - structures made using large interlocking rocks without the need for mortar.
Approximately just over an hours drive from Nerja, The Antequera Dolmens consist of three main archaeological wonders named The Menga Dolmen, The Viera Dolmen and The Tholos de El Romeral Dolmen. Over 5000 years od, this is the 45th protected UNESCO World Heritage site in Spain.
The Dolmens History
It is believed that the Dolmens were constructed during the Neolithic Period and Copper Age, 5000BC to 2200BC.
Constructed by local farmers, from the Guadalhorce valley, it is thought that the Menga and Viera Dolmens were built between 3500BC and 3000BC. El Romeral is thought to have been constructed later, around 2500BC, thus making it the youngest of the trio.
Significant due to their importance in the positioning of where the Dolmens were constructed, located in the geological complex are two mountain formations - La Peña de los Enamorados (Lover's Leap) and El Torcal de Antequera. The Dolmens are "outstanding examples of megalithic architecture and among the most recognised and quoted in the world" as said by protectors UNESCO.
Visiting the Dolmens
Entrance to this stunning historical and natural attraction is FREE! You can enjoy the Dolmens on many occasions, opening hours and dates can be found here.