BRONZE AGE REMAINS AND VOLCANIC ROUTES IN THIS SMALL MUNICIPALITY IN THE EAST OF ALMERIA.
The 3,500 inhabitants of Antas, a municipality located near the east coast of Almeria, crossed by a river to which it gives its name, already have a color map. It consists of 33 points in which the natural routes and the important heritage sites of the municipality have a special prominence.
In addition to the main locations related to mobility, such as bus stops in downtown Antas and El Real, facilities such as parks, day care or educational centers, the map indicates the distances between the three urban centers: the municipal capital itself, Aljariz and El Real, as well as the industrial area of Aljoroque, near the Mediterranean Highway.
The natural itineraries between Cabezo María and La Huerta, near the Antas River, a route of almost 5.5 km that passes through Las Cañadas and El Pilarico, stand out. Another important natural route is the one that joins Los Mosquitos and Los Raimundos, a 2.8 km trail that can be covered in less than half an hour. The cabezo María is a volcanic cone very close to Antas that is considered an important place of geological interest, of international relevance. These natural itineraries are defined in the Metrominute with textured lines, to indicate that they are not asphalt routes.
Two other places of natural recreation that appear in the Metrominute are the Era del Lugar, to the south of the town, and the Merendero del Puntal, to the northwest.
The important prehistoric and protohistoric findings of the municipality, among which the archaeological zone of El Argar and La Gerundia stand out, also have their place in the Metrominute. El Argar is considered one of the most emblematic cultural and urban manifestations of the Bronze Age, which were investigated during the 20th century.
In addition to the relevant archaeological site, two other points of the Metrominute tell us about the patrimonial relevance of Antas. These are two monumental aqueducts that derive from the agricultural development of the early twentieth century, used to expand the irrigated areas. The de las Monjas, with a row of arches and one kilometer long. The El Real hydraulic complex is almost 300 m long, with two rows of overlapping arches and an imposing span.