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“Call Before you Go”

Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Iznajar
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

A few reviews mentioned that there was only one tour per day, at 12:30. We reported to the ticket desk an hour beforehand only to be told that there would be no tour that day. The mayor had called for an impromptu meeting!

I think it shows little concern for tourists if a mayor decides to cancel the only tour of the day of its main attraction for a meeting. So call before going!

2  Thank BraboFreestyler
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you're in the area, do not miss this charming attraction. Boasting stunning views of the surrounding countryside, it's a work in progress as the local council is restoring some of it's glory. The guided tour begins in the library, once a grain store, at midday and takes you through a history of the area and the castle and ends with a weird and wonderful look at the gallery of a local artist. Entrance fee is only 2.50 euro per head. Visit the blue square afterwards for tapas.

1  Thank caitnicanbhaird
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We have a house not far from here and we often visit Iznajar. Last year we visited the castle for the first time in 10 years of living in the area. You can of course see it for miles around but for one reason or another we never went there.

Make sure you check the times, it's only open certain days of the week and for short periods in that time. It's all very informal so don't expect anything highly organised, they probably only see 10 visitors a week in high season! This is typical of the region, everything is laid back and chilled, which is of course refreshingly nice once you get into the groove.

The Castle itself is crammed with history having been there for 1400 years, a lot longer than similar buildings in Northern Europe. Much of it is inaccesible or dangerous but the guide will tell you all about the different sections and what they were used for. Much of it has been reformed for tourism as for years it was just left to rot. I think after a few large sections fell on the houses below they realised it was time to shore it up! The views are awesome and it doesn't take long to realise why they picked the spot being on a route from the port of Malaga and Córdoba, the biggest city in the whole of the Islamic caliphate at one time. The lake is man made and has only been there since the 1960's but it makes for a really nice setting as the water pretty much creeps around the whole hill in the winter months, it recedes a fair bit in the summer. There are several villages at the bottom of the lake and I've often wondered what a dive down there might be like.

The best bit for me was the trip down to the underground storage tank, used pretty much all the time when the castle was active but of course designed for sieges, which the castle did endure at one point during the reconquista in the 1400's. Not for the faint hearted as you have to shimmy down a narrow ladder and it's pretty dank and dark down there. Health and Safety never was a Spanish strong point but that's why I love the place as you're not nannied about like a child.

Not everyone's cup of tea and there's a lot of walking up some nasty 40 degree slopes and hills but you do get to see the church built on the site which is quite nice with some great architecture to see and also a little exhibition of a local artist who has some very nice work there, some of it for sale too.

The town is beautiful but if you don;t speak Spanish, you're going to have a tough time as you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who speaks English!

It's only a couple of Euros to get in and kids are free.

If you want a far more awesome castle, try Antequera just 30km South down the road. They've just revamped it and they even have some knights there!

2  Thank Ken_Evans_UK
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It's a nice view and looks great, but you have to get there early doors to get in. So my review is really this - don't travel to see it unless you are confident you will arrive in the morning. TBH, although it looks nice enough, I wouldn't bother travelling far as there is plenty to see around the area in the bigger cities.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Worth a visit but opening times are limited. As far as we could tell the only opening time was 12.30 pm . However it was interesting and worth arranging your visiting time around this. Isnajar was very pretty, but very hilly with very very narrow streets. Small cars easier if you want to drive up to the castle rather than walk. There is a stepped path from the main road up to the castle.

2  Thank Elaineforrest1
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