Step back in time in Spain

The ancient of Castellar de la Frontera Credit: Mike Workman/Shutterstock

When is a castle not a castle? When it’s the walled village known as Castellar de la Frontera.

The castle stands on a hill with steep slopes in the heart of the Los Alcornocales Natural Park in Cadiz with views that stretch as far as Gibraltar.

Moorish built

It was first built by the Moors in the 13th Century and is irregular in shape, full of defensive elements and encloses a small village.

There is now a first class hotel which serves Castellar which has been created through the renovation of the Alcazar.

Walking through the huge gateway to the Castle is like walking back to a much older part of Andalucia which saw invasion by the Moors and recapture by the Christians.

Site of Cultural Interest

The castle was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1949 and  a Historic-Artistic Monument  in 1963 and is now also part of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain collection.

Apart from the hotel, points of interest are the Torre del Homenaje, the Town Hall, the Baroque-style Church of the Divine Savior, the Cancón and the Cistern and guided tours are carried out departing from the Information Point after viewing the scale model of the Castle that is located there.

Castellar Nuevo

Whilst the original village nestled within the walls of the citadel, there was little room for expansion, so a new town Castellar Nuevo was created about eight kilometres away from the castle and was completed in 1972.

It now offers all that you would expect from a modern town and sits well with its ancient counterpart.

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John Smith

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