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Fortaleza de la Mota

Castillo-Fortaleza de la Mota, 23680 Alcala la Real, Spain
+34 953 10 27 17
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Declared Heritage of Cultural Interest of Andalusia. The monumental group of the Fortress of La Mota is strategically perched on the peak of a rugged hill, 1033 m. above sea level. These features, its structure and location, enabled it to have a panoramic view, like a natural watchtower, over the surrounding area. Its most significant historic moment took place during the Islamic invasion: the Castle of La Mota was ordered to be built by the second Lord of the Kingdom of Granada "Aben-abus Ben-Zeiri", around the year 1000. The old walled city included several religious, administrative and government buildings, as well as commercial centres, and was the home of civil and ecclesiastical authorities. One of the most remarkable buildings is the citadel, built on the highest point of the enclosure, at 1033 metres above sea level. It is comprised of three towers joined by the walls that surround the bailey. The Homage tower, 20 m high, that of the Candle or the Bell, in charge of surveillance of the area in conjunction with the network of watchtowers all over the surrounding land. And lastly, the tower of La Mocha, an excellent lookout point over the city. Within the monumental group of the Fortress of La Mota, there are several themed areas explaining the concept of frontier, the way of life of its inhabitants, the role of the various areas and the relationship of the Fortress with the surrounding areas. Timetable: Autumn/Winter (15 Oct to 31 Mar): 10:00h 17:30h. Saturdays we close at 18:00h Spring/Summer (01 Abr to 14 Oct): 10:30h to 19:30h Open: Monday to Sunday Closed: 25Dic, 01Jan, 06Jan Special opening times: 24Dec, 31Dec, 05Jan: 10ºº to 14ºº hrs.
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Castillo-Fortaleza de la Mota, 23680 Alcala la Real, Spain
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great couple of hours spent investigating this old city built on the top of a rugged hill. Many different cultures from the Moors to medieval Spanish have left their mark on this location. Well worth a visit if nothing else to marvel at the views!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well-preserved ancient fortress that bears traces of the different cultures that have occupied it over the centuries.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Alcalá La Real is near our base, so we visited on a sleepy Spring Sunday morning. There were very few visitors and we were able to have a good leisurely look round. It’s a fort complex overlooking the modern town below. It’s mostly walls, towers,...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We spent 2 hours walking round the castle with a translation handset. It was not busy so we were able to get round very easily. It was fascinating and really good value for money

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Moorish fort with stunning panoramic views. Parking on site and lots of relics to see, well wort a wonder round

Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

We made a small detour from Granada to Cordoba and stopped in this amazing place. There is free parking next to the ticket office, and the entry fee includes the audioguide. Afterwards we start our climb to the main site, passing through several stop points....More

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

This castle is rightly the number one attraction in Alcala. There are plenty of English translations at various points around the extensive area of the fortress, and do not miss the video presentation in the main church at 1-30pm. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We visited Alcala la Real on impulse and hadn't really planned to come here, but we were very lucky that we chose to visit, as the castle is an amazing example of regional culture and is well looked after. There is restoration work still ongoing...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Well worth the 1.5hrs it takes to visit the remains of this fortified town. Complete with foundations of the houses that once stood in the town, it is worth the climb up the towers to obtain a 360 degree view of the surrounding country.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

How it should be done. Wonderful restoration which is still ongoing. Visited many times with friends all of whom are really impressed. The film inside the church gives a good impression of the history, and the interactive touch screen on the mezzanine floor provides a...More

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ismail s
27 September 2015|
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Response from Bernd S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry meant to say "didn't"
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Derekforeman
2 July 2015|
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Response from jiminysimpson | Reviewed this property |
The car park is located at the foot of some steps up to the entrance of the fort. The steps are obviously uphill but are not too difficult, probably about 80 to 100 metres. Then there is a gently walk up to the main entrance... More
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Derekforeman
2 July 2015|
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Response from Ángel L |
Hello Derek, Thank you for your interest to visit the fortress of La Mota. Near to the parking in the tourism information point you can buy your ticket and after that you can go up to the top by car. Thank you¡¡
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