Vélez Castle

Mula, Spain

Castillo de los Vélez was built in 1524 on the ruins of an older castle from which some remains are visible. The castle was ordered by Mister Pedro Fajardo (Marquis of Vélez) to Luis Fajardo to ensure submission of the town of Mula, which was up in arms against the Marquis. This castle of Renaissance style and simple lines was created as a defense structure.

The castle, built on a rocky outcrop, has one single nave with vault, a tribute tower, a tanks and an annex. Inside there is little decoration, with rough, functional lines. The only ornamental pieces are eight shields of the Fajardo and Silva families. There are beautiful views of the Mula river from the North side and of the entire town from the lower terrace. The tribute tower was accessed via a rising footbridge later replaced by a fixed bridge. In case of invasion, the soldiers went to the tower, where a tank ensured water supply. 

From the high part of the town, where the Royal Encarnación Monastery is located, the Albacar trail leads to the Castle. You can also go by car taking the road to Caravaca. Right after exiting the town, there are indications for the castle. Follow them all the way to the Castle base.



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Calle Paleras 25, Mula, Spain
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Founded: 1524
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Jean Cook (2 years ago)
Brilliant place to explore. Fantastic views.
Kenneth Cook (2 years ago)
Walked up from the old town castle it self was closed due to refurbishment didn't stop us having a great time climbed the mountain next to the castle to get the best views then back in to mula for a beer in the old square
Paul Hyland (4 years ago)
Spectacular veiws
Terry Dicks (4 years ago)
Walked all the way up and it's closed. Like most of mula to be fair. Nice views though
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