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Fortaleza de la Mota
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yesterday, my wife and I toured this property and came away very impressed with not only the buildings, but the renovation, signage and general information. Micha at the ticket office was exceptionally helpful and welcoming. We encountered less than ten people in our 2 hour visit and were surprised as it is such a wonderful thing to do.

Thank William S
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"different cultures"
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"fantastic place"
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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Cannot miss seeing this castle which rises up high above the surrounding olive fields and visible for miles around. As with most attractions in Andalusia is virtually deserted in the day! Mad dogs and Englishmen maybe! Have to drive up a very steep hill to reach the car park. The town below is worth a little stroll as well. Incredible ruins in the castle wall, good audio guide with excellent translation in English. Great views across the surrounding land. When we visited it was only us and a French family there! It’s about a 30 min drive from Granada airport. We were lucky to have free entry that day - a Tuesday. Not sure if this is a regular thing.

Thank Clairepearson735
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Fabulous views over the town of Alcala. The catacombs are amazing and so interesting .
Cheap entrance, parking and ruins are so interesting.
Video and talk in Spanish with English translations. Even a wedding ceremony......perfect setting.

Thank BridgetDevon
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

This is a fairly nice place to visit - not 100% spectacular, but all the same, well worth 90 minutes if you are in the vicinity of Alcala la Real

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

A truly wonderful experience and the most amazing history. The friendly team at the Ticket office speak beautiful English and so helpful!

Thank alciston1990
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