Pena de los Enamorados, Antequera

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Peña de los Enamorados is a mountain near the city of Antequera, Málaga Province, Andalusia, Spain. It reaches a height of 880 metres above sea level.NameThe mountain was named after a legend from the local oral tradition. The most well-known version of the legend says that two young Moorish lovers from rival clans, a young man from Antequera and girl from nearby Archidona, threw themselves from the rock while being pursued by the girl's father and his men. This romantic legend was later adapted by Robert Southey. In his Laila and Manuel the lovers were a Muslim girl and her father's Christian slave.Christopher Columbus knew of this name. His chronicler, Barholome de Casas copied a log entry from Oct 29, 1492 in which Columus describes what he saw 8 days earlier in Cuba, "Remarking on the position of the river and port, to which he gave the name San Salvador, he described its mountains as lofty and beautiful, like the peña de las enamoradas... ". NB, the mistaken choice of gender by someone, be it the chronicler or the translator, the gender referenced is incorrect.The mountain is also popularly known as "Montaña del Indio" because it looks like the head of an Indian when seen from certain angles.
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  • The first settlers already saw the magic of the Peña de los Enamorados. They built Los Dolmenes aligning them with the Peña and the sunrise. On my Facebook I have pictures of the Peña from various places in Antequera. It is the face of an Indian lying down, the nose, mouth, chin is easily recognizable. In it lies a beautiful love story between a Christian and a Muslim. You were thrown from the Peña for love.
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  • Known to all as The Indian for his resemblance to a man looking up. This mountain is arguably the best known of the entire A92 road that crosses Andalusia. The story they told me said that a long time ago an Arab boy and a Christian girl who were in love, they did not allow their families to be together, and they would see themselves there and also leave notes at the top of this mountain. At the hiking/mountain level, it is a hard mountain to climb, and, although they do not require official permits, it is a private property of a villager that must be asked for permission to access.
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  • The best Thing is to see it from the Alcazaba or from the Dolmens.
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