Yedra Castle

Cazorla, Spain

The origins of the Castillo de la Yedra could be Muslims, possibly from the Almohad era. During the 11th and 12th centuries, the first fortress was built, but the current appearance was built by Christians during the 13th and 14th centuries and during the papacy of don Pedro Tenorio. The alcázar was built by the archbishops of Toledo at the end of the 14th century. There is a keep and a small parade ground that surround the alcazar.

Its construction was designed exclusively for military use as a palace of a feudal lord or small court of medieval monarch. That is why its architecture is sober, although compensated by the beauty of the topography of its location and the surrounding landscape.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Bob Dunford (2 years ago)
We had a very interesting visit to the castle. We had simply walked up from the town to find that visits are done in groups. The lady said if we waited a short while a group was starting. Shortly after she called us forward and we went in with a group of walkers. I found it interesting, the tour of the castle is guided and free of charge. It is all in Spanish however the lady explained some parts to us in English and gave us a paper guide in English so that we got to know about the different areas of the castle. The tour is really the castle keep/Tower which is well kept and has a variety of interesting displays throughout. The steps inside the tower are quite deep and steep so be prepared. The walk up to the castle is also uphill but quite pleasant, it is possible to drive up to it. The tour takes around 40 to 45 minutes. There are lovely views from within the castle. Personally I think it is well worth a visit and the lady who runs the castle and conducts the tour couldn't be more helpful.
Miriam González (5 years ago)
Best plan if you aren't claustrophobic and want to know how does it feel. You will learn the value of an elevator. The best part of the visit was the return. Of course the visit to the castle is free (it would be an offense to pay for that)
Wr1ghtym (6 years ago)
Great view from the top, it's private but escorted tours are available
Eric Sellekaerts (6 years ago)
The visit to the castle is at certain hours, free and only in group. The guide explains about history and artefacts witch are exposed. Very interesting and also good view from top of the tower
chris james (6 years ago)
Extremely impressive castle museum, excellently restored and renovated. The castle itself a master asked of castle engineering begun by the Almohads and finished by the Christians in gothic style. Interesting museum on local culture and tradition and magnificent views. A must visit whilst staying in Cazorla. You'll need an hour. Lots of steep steps, narrow passage ways.
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