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Castles of Andalucia

Although the region of Castille, the modern precursor of Castille la Mancha is, rightly, famous for the number of castles within its borders, Andalucia also has its fair share. There are over 270 castles in Andalucia.
The majority of the castles in Andalucia were built by the Muslims and the Christians between the 10th and 15th centuries during the long reconquest. They range in size from the huge and opulent Alhambra Palace at Granada to single watchtowers, most of which were within sight of a hilltop castle dominating a town or village. Many of these castles and towers found themselves on the border between Muslim and Christian lands between the 13th and 15th centuries and gained the suffix ‘de la frontera’ as a result. Many changed hands many times.
Other castles include the coastal defences, built to warn the coastal inhabitants of imminent raids by the Barbary pirates, particularly those commissioned by Carlos III during the 18th century.
Each castle in Andalucia has its tale to tell. Here are our favourites.

Castles of Andalucia

A short guide to the castles and fortresses in Andalucia to wet the appetite. Where to go and what to look for. ... Read the complete article >>


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Batería de San Juan de Terreros

Batería de San Juan de Terreros, also known as Castillo de San Juan de los Terreros is a good example of one of the coastal defe ... Read the complete article >>


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Castellar de la Frontera

Castellar de la Frontera is a Mediaeval town in Los Alcornocales Natural Park in Cadiz province, Andalucia, Spain. Within the cas ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Alcaudete

Castillo de Alcaudete in Jaen province was one of the most fought over castles for over 400 years ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Baños

Castillo de Baños, in the Jaén town of Baños de la Encina is the oldest castle in Spain and the second oldest in Europe. It wa ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Castril

Castril is located in an area of high strategic value and a key point in the natural communication routes between the Altiplano d ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Hornos

The castle at Hornos del Segura is in use today as a museum and cosmolarium ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Santa Ana

The Castillo de Santa Ana, or Roquetas Castle, has had numerous face-lifts during its 700 year history. ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Santa Catalina

Castillo de Santa Catalina overlooking Jaen city in Andalucia, an 11th century Muslim castle. ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Serón

Seron castle occupies a strategic position towards the top of the Almanzora valley with commanding views into Granada, down the A ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo de Tabernas

Castillo de Tabernas, built in the 11th century, is a key fortress in a chain protecting the important trading route between Alme ... Read the complete article >>


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Castillo Sohail

Castillo Suhail overlooking Fuengirola in Malaga province, Andalucia, is a fortress built during the Moorish occupation. Renovate ... Read the complete article >>


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Castle of San Miguel

San Miguel Castle was built by the Phoenicians and modified by the Romans, Muslims and Christians ... Read the complete article >>


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Fortaleza de la Mota

Although Fortaleza de la Mota at Alcalá la Real has its foundations in the 8th century AD, the remains you see today are mainly ... Read the complete article >>


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Segura de la Sierra Castle

Segura de la Sierra Castle in Jaen province was a key fortress on the border between Muslims and Christians for two hundred years ... Read the complete article >>


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The Gibralfaro and Alcazaba

Once considered the most impregnable fortress in Spain, the Gibralfaro at Málaga overlooks and protects the Alcazaba, both on a ... Read the complete article >>


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