by Saskia Mier
The Castillo Fortaleza (castle) is well worth a visit for its splendid panoramic views over the town and surrounding countryside.
The castle was built in the middle of the thirteenth century and remained in use until the early sixteenth century, when it lost its military functionality. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was used again, as headquarters for troops during the conflict of the Portuguese Restoration and the French occupation in the War of the Independence.
It was divided into two; court of arms and fortress, separated by a wall where the Torre Mayor stood. Archaeological evidence indicates two great moments of occupation. The first stage corresponds to the fifth and sixth centuries during the moments of the Caliphate of Cordoba and the Taifa Kingdom of Seville. The second stage was developed from the twelfth century until the mid-thirteenth century when Al-Andalus formed part of the Almoravid and Almohad empires.
The castle itself now only consists of ruined defensive walls and is only open for guided tours that take 50 minutes. For a visit from Monday to Friday, you must reserve at the tourism office and if in the summer if you don't fancy the walk up the castle, take the tourist train from Plaza San Pedro. The church has a little shop where church souvenirs and drinks can be purchased.
Monday-Friday, reservation in advance.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30-14:00hrs and 15:30-18:30hrs.
Closed, 24, 25, 31 December, 1 and 6 January.
Individual, 2.00 euro
Groups (+20), 1.00 euro
Senior 65+, 1.50 euro
Children (6-12), 1.00 euro
Tel: 663 93 78 77
Cerro del Castillo