Alcalá del Júcar’s Castle

c/ Bajada del castillo s/n, Alcalá del Júcar, Albacete

Cultural Visit

It is believed that Muslims started the construction of the castle in the 11th century (in the era of the Almohads) as a result of a boarder reinforcement in order to stop the advance of Christians and Alfonso VIII. When the area of the river Júcar was conquered in 1213 the castle was passed on to Christians.

There are scarse remains of the Islamic castle. Only things preserved of Muslim origin are the remains of the two entrance columns on the left. The rest belongs to the reforms made by Christians.

Although completely reformed and remade, it was built of masonry and the restored parts were rebuilt with ashlars.

It seems that its current look is due to the fortifications carried out in the middle of the 15th century, at the time of Don Juan Pacheco, Marquis of Villena.

The castle is constituted by three sections:

  • Main courtyard
  • Tower keep
  • Esplanade

The tower keep is a pentagonal fortified tower with two turrets with a circular floor, placed in the right angles of the castle. The interior of the tower consists of three floors, it is completely restored and its rooms are used for cultural events and as temporary exhibition halls.

The hall situated on the first floor is a diaphanous space and it has about 90m2. Its entrance is high up and to be able to get in an elevated step which forms a semicircular arch had been constructed.

The hall on the second floor of tower keep is also a 90m2 diaphanous room with a barrel vault ceiling made of brick.

The halls are connected by a spiral staircase made out of stone. The staircase consists of three sections, one that goes down to the dungeon, and two that lead to the second floor and the tower. The halls are illuminated with natural light coming through the large windows built in the stone walls.

The tower’s upper terrace (the turret) has a pentagonal form and consists of two round towers and three peaks which were used as lookouts to control the passage through Alcalá del Júcar.

The esplanade has about 4000m2. It was fortified except for one part which was formerly where the town used to be situated. Now, there’s only a foundation left in this area because in peacetime the people left to live in the lower part of the village.

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Schedule

Winter: from late October to February

  • Monday-Friday: Open from 11 am to 2 pm and 3'30 pm to 6 pm (from 2 pm to 4 pm the castle remain closed).
  • Week end: Open from 10’30 am to 2.30 pm and de 3'30 pm to 6 pm (last entry)

Summer: from March to September

  • Monday-Friday: Open from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm (from 2 pm to 4 pm the castle remain closed).
  • Week end: Open from 10’30 am to 2.30 pm and de 7 pm to 8.3 pm (last entry) 

Location

Address:

Bajada del castillo St., no number, Alcalá del Júcar, Albacete

How to get there:

By car: there are 3 different roads, it depends where you came from you take one of the following:

  • CM 3201 comes from Casas Ibañez, after take an exit from National Road N 322 which communicates Valencia to Madrid (more common way).
  • CM3201 comes from Casas del Cerro, this road it is for people who come from Albacete and takes the exit to CM 3201 from road CM3254.
  • B5 road, if you come from Jorquera. (This road communicates Jorquera-Valdeganga)
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