Fortaleza de la Mota

Fortaleza de la Mota, Alcala la Real: Hours, Address, Fortaleza de la Mota Reviews: 5/5

Fortaleza de la Mota
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Philip C
York, ME478 contributions
Mar 2020
Part ruins, part reconstructed centerpiece of a small hill town along the defensive “wall” of Moorish Andalusia. The site contains the evolution from early Moorish occupation to the return of Catholic rule. It’s layouts, ramparts, and sweeping views are very rewarding. Apparently, we “missed” the ticket booth when we took a path up the hill from the parking lot, only noticing the gift shop on the way down! I don’t think it’s very expensive and an audioguide would have been useful.
Written March 30, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
Sep 2021
Quite a surprise at this castle. Large, imposing and well restored. The style of the restoration seems to have followed not trying to build in the same style and stones exactly and create a replica, but to use similar stone so you can see new and old. Information is similarly well provided in English as well as Spanish with some boards and audio guide via QR code. The church was exceptional. Normal looking from the outside, internally it is unrestored with glass walkways over tombs and other uncovered underground history. Well worth a visit.
Written October 12, 2021
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potvc7
Paris, France68 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Don’t miss stopping to the Fortaleza de la Mita in Alcalá La Real on your way from Córdoba to Granada. This is a fascinating place to visit, not only a fortress that included an actual city in the Middle Age but a place where to better understand the history of Andalucia over the centuries from islamîc to Christian periods. We visited it at the very end of the day because we arrived late, however the staff was extremely nice with us, from the ladies at the ticket office to the guides watching out inside the fortress itself who not only accepted to keep the place open for the visit a bit longer just for us but also took us by this fact on a quasi private tour of the main things to go and see within the monument. In the beautiful light of the end of a sunny winter day, the atmosphere of the fortress being empty of visitors, the breathtaking views we were surrounded with and the rare quality of the ruins of this huge site and of the remaining monument itself make visiting the Fortaleza de La Mota a MUST in Andalucia, for both adults and children!
Written March 1, 2020
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NStrudwick
Whaddon, UK174 contributions
Sep 2019
We were encouraged to visit Alcalá by our hotel owners. It is truly a remarkable place, visible from way off, in a spectacular location. I won't go into details, but the manner in which it has been restored is very sympathetic, and it has one huge advantage over other fortresses is that the walls etc of the mediaeval settlement are still there, so it is possible to see where the rest of society in the fortress lived. Very worth a visit.
Written September 30, 2019
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Koen66
Merchtem, Belgium86 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
this is an amazing place, beautiful and impressive, but so few visitors find there way to this castle on the rocks (compared to Sevilla and Granada)

The site is well restored, provides interesting explanation, ao a excellent 15 minutes video !
Also the audio guide is very useful and included in the price of only 6 euros

It is absolutely worth the drive!
Written May 19, 2019
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lesleyrobinson73
Priego de Cordoba, Spain16 contributions
May 2016
We went to visit this place as we had passed it a few times. It was absolutely amazing, We have seen the Alhambra a few times and although it is much bigger than the Fortaleza we were more impressed by this. You can almost picture yourself being taken back in time. You pay 6euros which we thought was very reasonable and you get a head set (in your language) which informs you how people lived and how they were in the pecking order depending on where you were standing. Information was amazing as were the views from the top. Would definately recommend this place and we will be visiting again. Do wear sturdy shoes as the streets are cobbles and make your feet sore. I wore flat shoes and regretted afterwards.
Written May 17, 2016
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Jo_Rose_Gum
Queensland, Australia507 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Travelling between Granada and Córdoba, our travel agent had arranged for us to visit the ruins and reconstruction of Fortaleza de la Mota a 13th/14th century outpost between the Christian and Morrish kingdoms. Very interesting to see the work on the reconstruction. Make sure you see the film in the cathedral. Recommend that this is worth a visit, not only for the history but the panoramic views.
Written September 27, 2019
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FS OAL
166 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
the location is overhelming...view to sierra nevada...don't miss the film in the church...duration of visit about 1h...vety hot in summer sun
Written August 10, 2019
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HistorianMom
Columbia, Missouri174 contributions
Jun 2019
Seeing the castle is a nice way to spend a couple of hours. It's on a lovely location, and there is a lot remaining or reconstructed. The terrain is not difficult.
Written June 26, 2019
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baldilocks247
Castillo de Locubin, Spain17 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
In the mid - late XVth century, there were many goings on in this part of Spain as the Catholic Monarchs were trying to oust the Moors. As in many other parts, the area to the North of Granada was a constant battleground with the border between Christians and Moors moving back and forth as, first one side and then the other, gained the advantage. The Fortaleza de la Mota was a significant stronghold both to be won and to be held. Today, it is an example of how such strongholds were vital to both sides and how, with the aid of the Atalayas (watchtowers) battles were won and lost in those times.
Written October 17, 2018
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