Álora Castle

Álora, Spain

Álora's castle was first built by the Phoenicians and subsequently expanded under Roman rule. In the 5th century the castle was destroyed by the Visigoths.

The present Álora Castle was built in the 9th century by the Moorish state of Córdoba during a campaign against the Mozarabic rebel leader Umar ibn Hafsun. Later modifications in the 10th century added two enclosures. The inner enclosure was square and used as a fortress. The outer enclosure, with several towers, covered a large area of the perimeter of the hill.

During the 17th century the parish church was built on the old mosque inside Álora Castle also using one of the castle towers. The castle was damaged by the earthquake of 1680 and since then was also used as the village cemetery. The church tower still shows several bullet holes made by a squadron of French cavalry in August 1823.

From the castle you can enjoy breathtaking views of the fertile Guadalhorce Valley and the town of Álora.

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Calle Ancha 67D, Álora, Spain
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Stephen Wood (7 months ago)
Do not try to drive up, much better to walk and immerse yourself into this authentic village. Free to enter and great views all around.
michael comerford (8 months ago)
Steep road up to it but views fantastic when up there. The opening times of the castle seem a bit hit + miss.
Scotty pojke (10 months ago)
Lovely spot to enjoy some views of the town and region. The castle itself was nice but not amazing.
Jayn Collins (13 months ago)
Visited the castle for the Halloween fright night. The views are just amazing and I can only imagine how impressive they are in the daytime. Worth a visit!
Inés Macías (15 months ago)
Small but beautiful. The sights are amazing and has a lot of charm to it.
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