Castellar de la Frontera Castle

Castillo de Castellar, Spain

Castellar de la Frontera is a village within a castle surrounded by the walls of a well preserved Moorish-Christian fortress. It is located within the Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales next to a reservoir formed by the Guadarranque River.

The history of the village goes back to prehistoric times and the Bronze Age, after which the place became a medieval fortress. The prehistoric presence is still evident in the many caves around the area, where enthusiasts can see the wonderful cave drawings as proof of its heritage. It played an important role in the wars between the Spanish and the Muslims. In such a high up advantageous strategic position, peoples of many cultures wanted to control this strong vantage point.

The village was conquered and won back between Fernando III, the Moors and then Juan II, who described it as 'such a wonderful, strong town'. After the many battles of medieval times, by October 1650 Teresa María Arias de Saavedra, the Countess of Castellar, took possession of the town and later it was in the hands of the Medinaceli family.

The village was abandoned in the 1970s and its inhabitants moved to the aptly named Nuevo Castellar. The derelict state of the village attracted a number of Germans who took over the empty houses and built temporary dwellings outside the walls. The village was later repopulated.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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J. Bezzina (7 months ago)
A memorable stay very welcoming staff, clean and spacious. Definitely would love to return even in winter time.
Murad Ahmed (8 months ago)
Great to walk around an active castle. You can put yourself in purples shoes from olden days. Great sunsets.
Andy Green (9 months ago)
Beautiful place to stay
Andressa Kellen de Oliveira (2 years ago)
It's a perfect place for visit
Mike Al (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit. We stayed here on our way to Gibraltar, unfortunately we didn't get to experience the area in full. We thought our 4 year old boy would be so excited to stay in a real castle and we were right. We arrived at dusk and parked in the large parking lot at the southwest edge of town and walked up. You enter as you would any defensive fort, through the massive fortified wall and up the cobbled walkway. The staff were friendly enough, but there was a definite language barrier. We were given a map of the town with directions to the restaurants (which don't open until 8 pm). The room didn't have a cot for my son, a mistake on my part as it turns out, so they moved us to another room with a bed on a small loft type platform, he loved it, we were lucky it wasn't busier I suppose. The rooms are spacious and laid out as best as possible for a modified castle and each seems totally unique in layout. Everything was quite clean and well kept. The furniture seems a bit out of place though, I think with a minor amount of investment in styling and design this place would be at another level. We wonder around the building for a little bit and out on the roof top terrace, where you could clearly see the rock of Gibraltar at night. The breakfast was a waste of time, bring something to eat or head down the mountain, its basically rest stop food in packages. I would have booked directly through their website, but if there was an English version I couldn't find it. We would easily stay here again, but probably for a couple days and explore the area properly.
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