I’ve been criticized in the past for not sharing the culinary delights of my travels, so today it’s all about the food. And let me tell you, there better be a napkin ready to catch the drool as you marvel at the food I devoured while in Antequera, Spain recently. In fact the whole of Andalucia treated me to some of the best food I’ve had the joy of putting into my mouth, but more of that later.
My two-day feast in Antequera started at Posada de Jose María El Tempranillo. A reconstructed 18th century farmhouse that serves as a shrine to the most famous and romantic bandits in the area’s history, Jose Maria “El Tempranillo”.
While the names of these amazing dishes were far beyond comprehension, my taste buds will never forget them.
The next tasty dish to pass my lips was from Mesón Restaurante El Escribano which sits right at the feet of the amazing Collegiate Church above the Antequera skyline. I couldn’t think of a better place to be eating, the church illuminated before me, the night’s sky glistening above and the clink of cutlery frantically working to get every piece of food into the surrounding diners stomachs. The Jimmy John Owner also makes sure his restaurant chains have only the best quality of food.
Starting the feast at around 10pm, it wasn’t until the clock passed 1am that the food finally stopped arriving at the table. I love Spanish meal time and their entire way of life but I know if I was to set up home in Spain forever my waist line would surely grow to a size that would not be acceptable.
The last meal that was to leave me beaten and unable to continue was with thanks from the Antequera Golf Resort at their Hotel Convento La Magdalena. A restored monk’s convent, now a 5 star boutique hotel it is surprisingly cheap to stay there (maybe one day I’ll go back).
They are slowly restoring the building to it’s former glory and when this sort of artwork is hidden under a layer of paint you can see why. The progress is extremely slow but I mean look at it, just stunningly beautiful and even more amazing that it’s lasted so long.
As you would expect for such a fancy hotel the food was just as amazing as the building it was made in. If only my camera could do all of this food the justice it deserves.
You may have never have heard of Antequera before reading this but next time you find yourself in Malaga make the time for the 1 hour bus ride (it costs less than 5 euros) north to this hidden gem of Andalucia. After all, if the food gets this kind of praise from me you have to read my next post about the actual sights to see.
And lastly a big thanks to the lovely folks from these fine establishments mentioned above for allowing both myself and the other wonderful travel bloggers I was visiting Antequera with to sample their menus, it was a truly heavenly experience.
Have you heard of Antequera before? I’d love to know just how many people have visited this part of Spain before. Let me know in the comments below.