The Zalia Castle is easily accessed by the road up from La Viñuela Dam address Ventas de Zafarraya-Granada.

Although hardly can be seen today due to their state of total ruin, Zalia Castle had an irregural plant of approximately 120m x 150 m. You can still see some towers and remains of the wall between the gorse and scrubland existing around.

Zalia Castle had a double walled, both being very irregular. Account outside with thick masonry walls, punctuated by towers of square section and some circular; they have disappeared several stretches of wall, while other very displaced. The fortress provided inside of a water tank and a large entrance gate flanked by two large masonry towers regrown with mud on top. Its main entrance was facing north.

It is believed that it was a fortress rebuilt by the Arabs on the other primitive built by the Phoenicians. In September 1485 it was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs. After the war of the Alpujarras the Zalia Castle became prison-bishopric.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Natalie Futter (11 months ago)
Beautiful views
Natalie Futter (11 months ago)
Beautiful views?
David José Garcia Rivas (15 months ago)
Amazing views to viñuela
David José Garcia Rivas (15 months ago)
Amazing views to viñuela
Mystic Merlin (2 years ago)
Filled with Moorish mystique. Ruins that are many centuries old. Mystical place and the surrounding countryside is quite simply breathtaking. Wonderful camera shoot and resplendent views of Alcaucin, nestling on the other side of the valley, with Mount Maroma in the backdrop. Wonderfully Spanish setting. One of my favourite views of Axarquia.
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