Alburquerque Castle

Calle Cárcel, s/n, 06510 Alburquerque, Badajoz

Cultural Visit

Alburquerque’s castle is one of the few fortresses that survived the artillery. It’s a castle characterised by its authenticity, it’s one of the few defensive constructions that keeps its military identity.

It’s built with spare and blocks of stone, in the finest parts. The enclosure consists of four defensive areas that are staged throughout the hillside which is the entrance of the village. The first enclosure is composed for a barrier with bastions that separate the village from the fortress, this construction was made when the square occupied by the Portuguese between 1705 and 1716.

The second defensive element is constituted by the access ramp or list roads, as well as, the four entrance doors that drive us to the patio, where the assailant is easily collapsible from the wall of the superior enclosure. In the second door there is the shield of D. Beltrán de la Cueva.

Highlights of the patio: The late Romanesque church know as Santa María del Castillo, the dining room,  the canteen, the soldiery’s bedrooms and the well. All of this dominated by the impressive watchtower of the Homenaje’s tower, build by D. Álvaro de Luna. By one of its sides it is the door to the second enclosure, known as “Plaza Alta” where it stands out the Cinco Picos’stower with pentagonal shape and the drawbridge with more than ten metres that joins this tower with the Homenaje’s tower.

Homenaje’s tower is as tall as a five story building and it’s build with sections of masory and granite’s corners. The whole tower is crenelated, and offer machicolations in the centre of the faces. Other important rooms in this patio are: The house of the Governor, the well and the canteen. But one of the reasons why this fortress was built it’s for control the oldest frontier in Europe and the only political one. From its walls we can see the frontier squares of Ouguela, Marvão or Elvas.

We Recommed

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Schedule

Winter Timetable

  • Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:00

Summer Timetable

  • Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00

Closed days:  January 1 and 6.  May 21. September 10. December 24, 25 and 31

Location

Address:

Calle Cárcel, nn, 06510 Alburquerque, Badajoz

How to get there:

From Badajoz, in the highway 400 of the A5 you have to take in Gévora the diversion of the EX 110 road until Alburquerque. 
From Cáceres, you have to take the N521 road and go to Aliseda to take the EX 303 road until Alburquerque. 


From Mérida, you have to take the A66 highway direction Cáceres, then you take the 606 Aljucén-Las Navas de Santiago exit and continue for the EX 214 road until Alburquerque. 

 

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