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Almodovar Castle

Being one of the major attractions throughout the Province of Cordoba, you should not miss this impressive castle. Located just 22 kilometers or 14 miles to the west of the capital city, it is truly worth visiting!

 

The Almodovar Castle, or Castillo de Almodóvar, sits above the town of Almodovar, on top of a sheer-walled monolith. Therefore, it cannot only be seen from large distance, but offers spectacular vistas over the entire Guadalquivir Valley.

The castle’s origins date back to Roman times. The actual construction, however, was built by the Arabs in 760. Under the rule of Fernando III it came to the Christians in 1240, and under Pedro I and Enrique II it even served as royal residence. Later the fortress was handed to the knightly order of Calatrava and then to the order of Santiago. Finally, in 1903 the Earl of Torralva, then the owner, began restoring the castle. These efforts lasted until 1936. Therefore, the historic structure is amazingly well-preserved even today.

All times the Castillo was important for the city of Cordoba, since its strategic location contributed to assuring the city’s security. Located above the Guadalquivir, which was navigable until Cordoba at ancient times, the castle could control the traffic on the river.

Castillo del Almodóvar has a total of nine massive towers. The two largest ones, the Donjon (
la torre del Homenaje) and the School Tower (la torre de la Escuela), are located at northern and southern edges and can be ascended. From top of the towers, visitors can enjoy spectacular secenic views.

The castle is open year round with exception of December, 25 and January, 1. On sundays and holidays there is no midday break.

Visitors may tour the castle on their own account or attend a guided tour. An unforgettable experience is attending one of the knight’s banquets that are offered on various dates. To attend one of these rustic events, visitors should contact the castle management well before visiting for further information regarding dates and details.

 

Hours

Open all year except for 12/25 and 1/1 (all day) and 12/24, 12/31 and 01/05 (afternoon).

1
April - 30 September
Monday - Friday
11 am - 2.30 pm and
4 pm - 8 pm
Weekends and holidays
11 am - 8 pm

Summer special (July thru September)
Monday - Thursday
10 am - 3 pm
Friday, Saturday
10 am - 3 pm and
7 pm - midnight
Sunday
10 am - 4 pm

1 October - 31 March
Monday - Friday
11 am - 2.30 pm
4 pm - 7 pm

Weekends and holidays
11 am - 7 pm

 

Admission fees

Adults: €7.00
Juniors (4-13 years): €4.00
Kids under years: free admission

Special rate for groups esceeding 25 persons: 1 EUR discount per person
 

Guided tours



Notes

Available on weekends and holidays at 12 noon and 4.30 pm for individuals and groups upon prior request.

Visitors get a castle map at the entrance. Information boards in Spanish, French, German and English.
Tavern (open on weekends).
Knight’s Banquets (contact castle management for dates and details)
 

Getting there





Address

From Cordoba follow the A-431 highway westbound, direction Palma del Río. You can’t miss the castle.
There are free parking facilities right at the entrance.

Castillo de Almodóvar
14720 Almodóvar del Río (Córdoba)
Tlf.: 957 – 63 40 55
Email: turismo@castillodealmodovar.com
Web: www.castillodealmodovar.com
 


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