Zahara de la Sierra Castle

Zahara de la Sierra, Spain

Zahara de la Sierra Castle is actually a six-hectare area on the rocky hill, known as the Villa Arabe or Villa Medieval; its crowning glory is the Homage Tower. The town was originally a Moorish outpost, overlooking the valley. Due to its position between Ronda and Seville, it was a perfect site for a castle to be built to serve as a fortress in case of attack.

The path starts at the car park on the roof of Hotel de la Villa and is wide with a handrail in good condition.  It is a steep climb through the cacti and pines with wild flowers, prickly pear and almond trees. Initially you pass by foundations of unmarked buildings clinging on the more level slopes.  The first historic building looks like the homage tower but is the Iglesia Major and you still have a long way to climb. Be careful here as the birds nest in the walls and make a mess on the path or persons below. The supporting buttresses are modern but the walls are original.


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


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José Francisco Pereira da Silva de Pádua (3 years ago)
Wonderful view. Its worth to climb Possible see all Zahara de la Sierra and villages near
Lukasz Taborski (3 years ago)
Staying in the town itself is nothing. Start your climb up to the remains of the 13th-century Moorish castle and you will experience the magic of this place. Amazing views of the Zahara el Gastor reservoir and its turquoise waters. All these valleys and mountains around and the town below. The wind gently chills on a hot day and the silence all around. Fantastic place!
Patrick O Connor (3 years ago)
Excellent views but need to be relatively hot weather..
Traveler (3 years ago)
Lovely views from the top of the small castle-tower. I strongly recommend going hiking to take cool shots:)
Emma Glaisher (4 years ago)
Lovely town. We arrived by bike just in time for an evening procession - music, drums and incense. Unforgettable.
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