Albanchez de Mágina Castle

Albanchez de Mágina, Spain

Albanchez de Mágina Castle stands above the town, on the first crag in Sierra de los Castillejos Mountains.

Its origin is presumably Christian. It was built probably at the beginning of the 14th century, as an alternative to another Moorish castle, of which only a few remains are preserved. It was built with rammed earth on the lower part, nearer the town.

The castle was connected to the Order of Saint James and commissioned by Bedmar and Albanchez. The alcazarejo is preserved, built in masonry. It is made up of two small groups, which look impressive from the outside and because of the walls on the crag. It did not, however, have much room to hold troops and equipment inside. The castle also used to have a small triangular parade ground, with a crenellated parapet and arrow-slit windows, a square terrace with a wall tower to defend over the precipice, protection walls – which are practically destroyed today – and exterior rounded corners, typical of a castle of the Order of Calatrava.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Ricardo Osés (2 years ago)
The climb is tough but the views are worth it. From the beginning of the path, any local will tell you where it starts, there are a good twenty minutes of ascent up quite high masonry steps. Once at the top, one wonders how even a small guardhouse could stay there.
Luz Comboni (4 years ago)
Beautiful views but strenuous hike. The effort needed to climb the 400 steps to the very top of the castle is rewarded by the fantastic bird's eye view views.
Vjb (4 years ago)
Expectacular
Carl Cameron-Day (5 years ago)
Great climb and views at the top.
Laurent Brack (5 years ago)
No tourists in this small village. Super hospitable people and a wonderful view from the castle. Free access
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