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“A real gem”

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 May 26, 2014

Visited the castle on a rainy day in May as to be honest we were at a loss for something to do. The castle was excellent value at 6€ for adults and only 4€ for OAP's. We were almost the only visitors there and were able to wander around for almost 3 hours viewing this fantastic restoration site. It is work in progress and it would be interesting to return in 20 years time! Alcala are missing a trick as this is poorly promoted locally and would be an ideal day out for families. Tip - take a picnic as there is no cafe!

Thank sooty31
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

We visited the Fortaleza de la Mota, on a hill above Alclala la Real, on the way from Cordoba to Granada in May this year. We took a wrong turn and ended up by driving up an exceptionally steep and narrow cobbled street, which felt like a 45 degree angle! Unfortunately, another driver decided to turn into the road from higher up, rather than waiting for me to go past, so I had to put on the the handbrake, wait for her to squeeze by and then I had to do the most frightening hill start of my entire life!

However, once we arrived at the Fortaleza, we found that is was well worth it. There is quite a steep walk up from the ticket office to the entrance (similar to the steep walk up to either Edinburgh or Salzburg castles).

The Fortaleza It had been a sizeable fortified castle during the time of the Arab rule over Spain, and has been well excavated. The views from the top are amazing. There is a video show explaining the history, but we did not have time to stop for that, as we had to be on our way at 1.30pm. However, I am sure it would have been interesting.

There is an entrance fee (about 4 Euros), but on your way out, do stop at the shop, which is also the ticket office, as there is a range of flavoured olive oils unusual presentation packs. We bought quite a number, so I think the girl in the shop thought all her Christmases had come at once! There is also a range of local wines, some of which we also purchased.

This was a lovely way to break our journey between Cordoba and Granada, and I would highly recommend it. There is free parking just below the ticket office.

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Our hosts at Casa Girasol had great things to say about Foraleza de la Mota in Alcala la Real, so we had to see for ourselves. It was even better than we had expected! The site appears to be an active archeological site. It has clear signage for a self-guided visit, and plenty to see. On top of that, there were only a handful of visitors that day we visited, no tourist buses. In a way, it's a shame, as the view of the castle and fortress is spectacular, and the views from the site equally good.

The walk up from the parking lot was very do-able, and could accommodate someone in a wheelchair (with assistance). We enjoyed seeing both towers of the fortress, walking along the walls, the church, and the views of the city and countryside below. Fortunately, we were there during the daily showing (12 PM) of a movie about the site shown inside the church. The movie was in Spanish, though there were English subtitles on a side screen. The video was well done and added good information about the history of the site.

I highly recommend the Fortaleza at Alcala la Real. It was just as interesting as other sites we visited in Andalucía, without the massive amounts of fellow tourists. It is about 30-45 minutes from Granada, and the highway between Granada and Cordoba. Great way to see the country side and enjoy a nicely preserved piece of history. The ticket for the site also provides free entry to a small museum in the city.

Thank djbpdx
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This medieval fortress has been renovated to an excellent standard. The audio guide is superb and the video show in the former church splendid - telling the stories of the Moorish/Catholic occupation and wars. The views on the surrounding area is excellent. Perfect place for a stop-over between Cordoba and Granada.

Thank akrab
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

On the scenic route from Ganada to Cordoba. Excellent place to take a break along the route. Particularly impressed with the small tourist shop where we bought some locally produced wine, olive oil and from a selection of flavoured olive oil capsules. We chose chilli flavoured.

Thank VicW51
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