Cabra Castle

Cabra, Spain

The Castle of Cabra was raised, within the walled enclosure  in the North West of the present town, on a spot high enough to overlook the whole town. It is said that it had a central square surrounded by a strong wall with eighteen towers where eight or ten thousand men could march. At present, most of what remains, it is enclosed within the constructions of the present School of the Escolapias. Among the constructions we have been able to locate the wall, of which something more than half still remains and to track the rest until we were able to determine, quite accurately, the plant of the enclosure which must have been quadrangular, of about 76x47m. The thickness of the walls is about two meters and sixty centimetres, approximately. The fact that the rest of the walls- and possibly of towers are surrounded by modern constructions hinders their thorough study.

As far as the towers are concerned, we can say that two of them are well known, plus the location of other two, that were to the sides of the present front door to the enclosure. In the centre of the East wall and half way out is the tower of Homage. It is almost square shaped and it is more than twenty meters high. At about eleven meter above ground level there is a squared chamber with an eight sided vault ceiling with tubes in the angles. The other tower is located in the northwest angle. It is of squared plant, with the angle that looks to the interior of the chamfered enclosure. The lower part is massive and in the upper part there is a chamber with a barrel vault. It still keeps about ten meters of its height and its maximum surface on the plant is 6.5×6.3m.

Of the other two acknowledged towers there only remain their foundations upon which modern constructions have risen.



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

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kathryn McMenamin (6 months ago)
Beautiful food in a fabulous setting. Terrific staff in the bar!! Very much value for money when you compare to other similar establishments in the county! Couldn't recommend any more! Don't have to as super busy
Sandra Smith (6 months ago)
Stayed here new years eve. Arrived just after check in time to make the most of this beautiful place. Service was superb all the staff were really friendly. Bar food was delicious as was the food in restaurant. Will definitely return.
Tim Kennelly (7 months ago)
We stayed at Cabra Castle recently and the place can only be described as being out of this world. From the moment you arrive you are met with a warm welcome which continues throughout your stay. The food, the hotel and the grounds are all incredible. If you are seeking a top class castle experience then look no further. Well done to all the team at Cabra Castle.
J W (7 months ago)
A rare opportunity to rate something five stars! A very impressive location, a genuine castle with what seems like a maze of corridors and rooms. The room was great, very comfortable bed, and everything needed. Despite it being a very cold day, the heating inside seemed to be on constantly, so the building felt nice and cosy. The real plus point was the staff - all very helpful and friendly, a delight to speak to.
Beany McIntyre (7 months ago)
It's the most beautiful and an amazing Castle. The staff are so friendly and just can't do enough for you. We stayed two nights there, it's spotlessly clean and the food is to die for. Words cannot express how much we love this place ❤️
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