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Between the Alhambra of Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba is the Fortress of La Mota de Alcalá la Real, which will surprise you by its privileged location and to preserve in its interior testimonies of splendor that lived this fortified city until the sixteenth century.

Qal’at Banu Said or Benzayde was his name from 713 to 1341, at which time Alfonso XI took it definitively and granted him the title of Royal, becoming a key, guard and defender of the Kingdoms of Castile against the Nasrid Kingdom for 150 years.

Testimony of this definitive conquest is the Hidden City, a network of underground galleries, which had a major importance in the taking of the fortified city in the fourteenth century.

The Monumental Ensemble of La Mota Fortress preserves its original urban layout and numerous vestiges of Life in the Border that characterized the history of this area until the disappearance of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.

Crossing its doors you will discover the elements of a fortified city: walls, towers, adarves, wineries, the Nevero, the military quarter, the Alcazaba, the Bahondillo, the palaces, and an exciting audiovisual at the Iglesia Mayor Abadial.


Fortaleza de la Mota, s/n
Alcalá la Real
( Jaén )
Código Postal:
Winter: October 15 to March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Summer: April 1 to October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

December 25, January 1 and January 6 closed.

On December 24, 31 and January 5, closing at 2:00 p.m.