The Archaeological Ensemble of the Dolmens of Antequera is divided into two sites which are 4 km apart from each other The dolmens of Menga and Viera are at site 1, while the tholos of El Romeral is at site 2. Click here to see how to access.
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Both private cars and coaches must be left at one of the specifically designed parking lots (numbers 1 and 2 on the plan).
The tour begins at the Reception Centre at site 1 (number 3 on the plan) where you are recommended to watch the "Menga. The Construction Process" audiovisual to understand the effort required and techniques used in erecting monuments like these. You can request a free guided tour, but this should normally be booked in advance.
After the screening, head to the Observatorio de El Caminante (the Walker's Observatory) (number 5 on the plan), a large open space in the Antequera plain from where you can view the Peña and the Cerro de Marimacho (number 10 on the plan), and also appreciate the spatial relationship of the tumuli (artificial mounds of earth and stones covering each tomb) with these features.
Continue on to the Michael Hoskin Solar Centre (number 6 on the plan), a circular plaza located on the path to the Campo de los Túmulos (Field of the Tumuli). It was designed to help visitors to understand the sun-orientation notion of the megalithic monuments.
The tour along the new paths begins in the Field of the Tumuli, where you can appreciate the importance of these tumuli (mounds) in megalithic constructions. These burial mounds serve two functions: they act as landmarks, and they also help to preserve the structure itself. This is where you can visit the dolmens of Viera and Menga (numbers 7 and 8 respectively, on the plan).
Regardless of the tour we recommend here, it is possible and advisable to wander about the other adapted paths; visitors can appreciate the landscape in which the site is set and can see the connections that exist between the two at various points.
You then leave site 1 to head towards the megalithic tomb of El Romeral, at site 2, some 4 km away (click here to see the route, new window).
All the marked elements are explained in the Special areas section. Click here to access, new window.