Carcabuey Castle

Carcabuey, Spain

The medieval castle of Carcabuey was the object of incursions by Ibn Hafsun at the end of the Emirate, being dominated and demolished by the emir Add-Allah in 892. Conquered by Fernando III, it was rebuilt according to the design of other fortifications, such as those in Fuengirola or Iznájar.

From the mid-13th century, it belonged to the Order of Calatrava, until, in 1333, it was conquered by Muhammad IV of Granada and reconquered and modified shortly after by Alfonso XI. It was integrated into the Señorío de Aguilar after numerous donations.

The fortress has five towers distributed along the wall, of which two are square and three circular. Inside the walled enclosure, the keep remains well-preserved. In the upper part of the courtyard sits the eighteenth-century chapel, Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Castillo.

The castle itself has gone down in history for the battle between King Alfonso X and his rival, Sancho. According to legend, the King had ordered everyone not to leave the castle under any circumstances. His rival knew that, in order to emerge victorious over the local population, he needed to flush the army out onto open ground. He learned that the Governor's daughter had a 'secret' lover and therefore devised a plan to lure her away from the castle to meet her true love and escape together. He was sure that the Governor would call out the troops to go after the girl and return her. The Governor, Pero Nuño Tello, was committed to total loyalty to his King and refused to send out the troops, thus losing his daughter forever as she fled with her lover. Interestingly, when Sancho later became King, he was sorry for the injury he had caused to the Governor and called Pero to his court to make amends. However, he was only able to meet with Pero's dead body as the Governor committed suicide, feeling that his dead body was the only loyal part of himself that he could present to the new king. His spirit, as the legend goes, would never bow to Sancho.



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

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Maria Escudero (18 days ago)
We have come on the route to the castle. I do not recommend riding a motorcycle to the door, even if it is possible. The cobblestone path is complicated as you go up. And then, there is hardly a stable enough place to leave it. Now, the castle is worth visiting with good views
Rikki Noble (3 months ago)
Beautiful and dramatic, well worth the visit, although a steep climb!
Yaiza Herrera (9 months ago)
The ascent is horrible…. Slopes and with the stone path….. it is completely free, only the ruins of the walls remain. I recommend filling the water bottle, there is a small fountain there and that water is wonderful, the incredible views (you cannot go up by car, it leaves you something closer if you go up from the nursing home, from the town you have to go up a hill full of steps)
IGNACIO GARCIA (18 months ago)
Beautiful view I was surprised that the castle was open as well as the temple inside beautiful altarpiece in black gold bravo for the town hall
pepa bero (19 months ago)
Fortress built between the 13th and 14th centuries. It has 5 towers and among them the remains of the Homage stand out. The postern (auxiliary access) also stands out. We can also see the parade ground and the hermitage of the Virgen del Castillo, both, after passing the main access door to the enclosure. Before entering the enclosure you can contemplate some great views from the viewpoint of the castle. If you like history and castles, this one is waiting for you.
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