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La Mota Fortress (Fortaleza de lat Mota) Tours

La Mota Fortress (Fortaleza de lat Mota)
The history of La Mota Fortress (Fortaleza de la Mota), located on top of a strategic hill, stretches back over a thousand years. The highlights of this well-preserved medieval fortresses in Andalucia include its vast perimeter of walls, seven gateways, three towers, a citadel, and an abbey church.
The Basics
The fortress comprises two sections from different periods: the Arab Alcazaba citadel and the Christian section with its abbey church, home to Muslim, Visigoth, and Christian remains. Much of the original urban layout, as well as vestiges of medieval life, remains or has been restored. Don’t miss the citadel, a fortified enclosure with towers in each corner. Themed exhibits showcase inhabitants' way of life, as well as the relationship of the fortress to the surrounding areas.
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The fortress is ideal for history buffs.
  • Children aged 6 and under enter free with a paying adult.
  • An explanatory video plays inside the abbey church at certain times.
  • Audio guides are available in four languages.
  • English translations are available for most displays.
How to Get There

The fortress is located in Alcalá la Real, about 47 miles (76 kilometers) southwest of Jaén. It can be reached by taking the Granada-Cordoba N-432 road, A-339. On-site parking is available.
When to Get There
The fortress is open daily, year-round, with extended hours from April to October.
It’s closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and 5. Free entrance is offered on April 18, May 18, and Dec. 20. Visit on Saturday, Sunday, or public holidays to go on the Hidden City (Ciudad Oculta) tour inside the rock.
Stories of La Mota Fortress
One story important to the fortress is the legend of Alfonso XI's conquest. The king seized parts of the town in 1340 but not the upper Alcazaba enclosure. Finally, a knight climbed the walls and captured a Muslim shepherd, who showed them the fortress well. King Alfonso poisoned the water with dead animals, forcing the fortress to surrender. Visitors on the Hidden City tour explore the tunnels and wells inside the rock that supported the fortress.
Address: Castillo-Fortaleza de la Mota, s/n, Alcalá la Real, Jaén, Andalucia 23680, Spain
Admission: Varies
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