If Antequera may be hailed as an architecturally beautiful town, no less may be said of many of the villages in the surrounding area, also well worth a visit. Archidona, a white village with steep streets and a typical, well-preserved old quarter offers its magnificent 18th century Ocahavada Square, its parish churches and convents, without forgetting the Sanctuary of the Patron Saint, Virgen de Gracia.
Alora is another town steeped in history in the Guadalorce valley. Sprawled over the hills, enhancing its beauty, the village offers the remains of the walls and fortified towers, churches such as Vera Cruz and in particular, La Encarnación.
Ardales, in the proximity of The Chorro, is another lively village of the Sierra, in the surroundings of which are the ruins of the mythical Bobastro, capital of the ephemeral Kingdom of Omar ben Hasfum, bastion of resistance to the caliphate of Cordoba... The spa town of Carratraca is also nearby.