Fortaleza de la Mota (The Fortress of La Mota)

Castillo-Fortaleza de la Mota, s/n, 23680 Alcalá la Real, Jaén

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Cultural Visit

The Fortress of La Mota, in the province of Jaén surprises by being a natural watchtower in a sea of ​​olive trees that houses the site of the city of Alcalá la Real until the 16th century. Currently the best preserved medieval urban group in Andalusia.

Its strategic location between the Alhambra of Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba houses the Interpretation Center Life in the Border, which reveals the importance in the history of Al-Andalus.

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 of Granada, 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 14th century.

The Monumental Ensemble of the Fortaleza de la Mota retains its original urban layout and numerous vestiges of the medieval life system. Crossing its doors you will discover the elements of a fortified medieval city, such as the walls, towers and adarves, that together with the Alcazaba and the Military District of the city were part of the defensive system. Or its wineries, nevero, neighborhoods like El Bahondillo and palaces that have been here testimonies of another time so that you can contemplate them and transport you to a time of fusion of cultures and creeds. An audiovisual innovator in the Greater Abbey Church will thrill you and tell you his fascinating story.

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From April 1 to October 14:

  • Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 19:30h.

From October 15 to March 31:

  • Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00h.

Special opening hours:

  • December 24, December 31 and January 05 from 10:00 to 14:00h.


  • December 25
  • January 01 and 06

Free entrance to Fortaleza de la Mota:

  • Working Tuesday from 15:00h to closing time (if it's holiday it will be free the afternoon of the next working day).
  • April 18:  Heritage Sites day.
  • December 20: Santo Domingo de Silos Day.




The Fortress of la Mota Castle, nn, 23680 Alcalá la Real, Jaén

How to get there:
  • Via N-432
  • Via A-45 y A-339
  • Via A-44 y -323