Belmez Castle

Belmez, Spain

Castillo de Belmez is a small fortress located in Bélmez, northwest of Córdoba. It is visible from any angle, as it sits on top of a high limestone rocky outcrop. It seems to have been around at least since 1245, although the main tower and the wall were built later on, in the 15th century. It belonged to the Order of Calatrava after belonging to the Cordoba Council. In the 15th century it became an important area of control during the Reconquest.

From 1810 to 1812, during the Peninsular War, the French troops took over the castle for a long time. It was so important for them that they even rebuilt part of the site. The French domination affected the people of Belmez so much that they decided to get rid of that bastion, which was so attractive to their enemies, so they tried to destroy it.

To get to the fortress visitors must walk up winding stairs starting on Calle Rafael Canalejo Canteroy, through an arched doorway, situated on one of the turrets.

The floor plan is elongated and adapts to the terrain on which it is built – an enormous rock which is impossible to get to from the northwestern side because there is a steep cliff. Six semi-cylindrical towers are built along a wall which is thicker in some parts. In the bailey inside there is a well, known in the town as the 'horse's hoofprint', which is always is full of water thanks to the features of the terrain.

The keep is pentagonal and 11 metres high. It has two floors with brick vaults above them. It used to have parapets and battlements – clear defence elements which have disappeared over time.

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

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Raul Sanchez (3 years ago)
Una subida hasta la zona más alta del castillo muy entretenida, subi de día pero algún día cuando vuelva debo hacer una subida nocturna pues debe ser muy bonita las vistas también de noche.
Juan Moya Garcia (3 years ago)
Lugar precioso.Acceso bien cuidado con rampas y escalones de piedra,se hace fácil si vas tranquilo,en menos de quince minutos estás arriba.El coche se deja abajo y buscas una cancela y encuentras el acceso.La construcción esta poco restaurada y no está puesta para su visita turística con lo cual puede resultar peligrosa para niños(agujeros en el suelo,ausencia de barandillas o petriles)La experiencia es tipo aventura.Las vistas espectaculares.
Remedios Leal Hernández (3 years ago)
Le he puesto cinco estrellas porque a mí todo lo que sea una piedra me encanta. Realmente el lugar es magnífico, es increíble la poca pereza que les daba subir piedras en otras épocas. Las vistas son inmejorables. El entorno y el castillo en si lo tienen descuidado. Deben subir las cabras porque está la firma y hay nombres con pinturas de colores que la gente hace. Supongo que cuidar el patrimonio es costoso, pero deberíamos utilizarlo como generador de riqueza y no estropear lugares tan hermosos. Se ve desde la carretera porque está en un promontorio increíble, así es que dan ganas de subir a verlo.
Raquel Fernandez Chapa (3 years ago)
Precioso, el castillo en si es muy sencillo, es una torre que han reconstruido casi por conpleto y es genial poder subir arriba del todo, las vistas merecen la pena. Cansa bastante subir, sobre todo con niños, pero puedes ir parando. Antes de subir hay unas escaleras con una pared preciosa de geráneos.
Francisco Marquez Gutierrez (3 years ago)
Digno de visitar, si quieres pasar una mañana agradable. Hay que dejar el coche al principio de la subida, luego es una subida permanente y fuerte, si no estás acostumbrado. Esta muy bien para una aventura
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