Cártama Castle

Cártama, Spain

The Cartama Castle is located in the Monte de la Virgen (Mount of the Virgin), where the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios is also located and where it is possible to be enjoyed some impressive panoramic views. Cártama Castle was built by the Moors in the early Middle Ages. During the Mozarabic revolt of Omar ibn Hafsun, between 881 and 914 AD, Cártama stayed loyal to the Caliphate of Córdoba and the castle was strengthened.

Because of the advancing Christian troops Cártama Castle was again strengthened during the 14th century. By that time the castle would probably have had a double curtain wall and several towers. In 1485 however, the castle was taken by Christians troops. Because the castle was important for their siege against the city of Málaga the Catholic Monarchs invested large sums of money in maintaining the castle between 1485 and 1487. From 1491 on the castle lost its strategic importance and the castle was used as a quarry by the locals.

What you can see today are the scarce remains of a rectangular alcazaba with its surrounding walls and a cistern.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Marius D. (14 months ago)
Good hike up the hill, very good view. Clean spot, but else nothing much to see or do.
John Montijn (17 months ago)
Beautiful chapel, the location is perfect. Awesome views over the city, and at a distance the sea. The mountains in this region are famous for the views it gives. Andalucia is heaven on Earth for me. I love to go there.
Amadu Musa (18 months ago)
love it's
Nuno Martins (2 years ago)
Old ruine castle with a very nice view
Jose Buitrago (2 years ago)
OK
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