Castle of Olvera

Plaza la Iglesia, s/n, 11690 Olvera, Cádiz

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Cultural Visit

Erected at the end of the 12th Century, the Castle of Olvera was part of the defensive system of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada until its takeover by Christian troops in 1327 would lead it to become an almost impassable stronghold of the Crown of Castile. Its strategic position, 623 metres above sea level, allowed them to see the border line of castles that separated the Muslim and Christian Spain. The medieval city would begin to form around it, surrounded by canvases of wall and towers that culminated in the citadel, and in which the mosque or the souk was located. At present, the castle has obvious Christian features in its construction, the result of the successive remodelling that it had to undergo since its capture by King Alfonso XI, who would end up granting the estate to the nobility, who became the owner of each and every good that was in it, including the castle.

In the year 1460, in exchange for 1,700,000 maravedis (medieval Spanish coins) the Villa of Olvera passed hands from the Stúniga to the Girón, one of whose members, Pedro Téllez Girón, would receive the title of Duke of Osuna, in the year 1562, from King Felipe II. It was as a result of this that the town of Olvera and its Castle became dependent on this ducal house for more than 300 years.

The castle, which was declared an item of Cultural Interest in 1985, reveals an irregular floor adapted to the form of the cliff where it sits. The manmade construction is fully integrated with the natural landscape, descending on spectacular slopes to this rock formation.

From the castle of Olvera you have a 360-degree viewpoint of the scenic surroundings. To the north it is possible to catch a glimpse of the Sierra de las Harinas mountain, the Salado stream and the Castillo del Hierro castle, in the Sevillian town of Pruna. To the east, the horizon is outlined by the Peñón de Zapapaldar Rock and the Sierra Blanquilla mountain, as well as the depressions of the north of the province of Málaga. In the south, the towns of Alcalá del Valle and Setenil de las Bodegas are visible, as well as the elevation of the Malaver mountain. And to the western side are the town of El Gastor, the Peñón de Lagarín Rock, the Castle of Zahara de la Sierra and the Sierra de Líjar mountain, whose background is outlined by the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range. In addition, breaking the horizon is the elevation of Peñón de Zaframagón Rock, declared a Natural Reserve and an indisputable icon of the Sierra Greenway.

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Schedule

Open from Tuesday to Sunday:

Winter season, from November 15 to February 01:

  • From 10:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00h.

Summer season, from February 2 to November 14:

  •  From 10:30 to 15:00 and from 16:00 to 20:30h.

We do not close at noon:

January 06 August 15
February 28 October 12
April 09 and 10 November 02
May 01 December 07 and 08

Closed:

  • January 01
  • December 25
  • Working Mondays

Location

Address:

Plaza la Iglesia, s/n, 11690 Olvera, Cádiz

How to get there:

The Castle of Olvera is located in the Historic-Artistic zone of the city, declared in 1983, at its highest point. The capitals of the provinces of Seville, Granada and Malaga are a little over an hour away. It´s also near to the Coast of Cádiz or the famous Costa del Sol. To reach Olvera from these points it is simply necessary to follow the following directions:

From Seville:

Take the A-92 to Arahal, where the turn off for A-8125 is located. In Morón de la Frontera take the A-406, which later becomes the A-363.

Take the A-376 to Utrera, where you take the A-394, and then the A-375. At the end of which, take the A-384 towards Antequera, until you enter the town of Olvera through the CA-9102.

From Málaga:

Take the A-357 until you take the turn off for the A-367. Afterwards, continue on the C-341, the A-7278 and the MA-467, connecting with the A-384 to Olvera.

From Cádiz:

Take the AP-4 to Jerez de la Frontera, where you take the turn off for the A-382 towards Arcos de la Frontera, where it connects with the A-384.

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