Castle of Xàtiva

Carretera del Castell, s/n

Cultural Visit

Double fortress located in the Sierra del Castell, on Xàtiva, due to the strategic location of the city, it has been the scene and testimony of numerous conflicts. Divided into Castell Menor and Castell Major, the first is said about Iberian and Roman remains.

The successive cultures that have populated these lands were amplified and fortified. He already had prominence in the campaigns of Hannibal, and in the period of Al-Andalus. It was later important, at the time of the Kingdom of Valencia, in the wars against Castile, in the German cities and in the succession, as well as in the presidency of the condemned.

From the castle down the walls that embraced the Xàtiva altomedieval. We are facing one of the jewels of the city, of imposing architecture, declared the Good of Cultural Interest.

Despite its Iberian and Roman roots, most of the preserved walls and towers are of Islamic or Gothic origin. Once in Xàtiva it is essential to take a tour of this fortress, as you can see some splendid views of the town and its surroundings.

The fortress was also used as a state prison for the former Crown of Aragon. Illustrious prisoners passed through its dungeons.

The most remarkable is Jaume d'Urgell, who rebelled unsuccessfully after being dismissed as a candidate for the Crown of Aragon in the Compromise of Caspe, in 1412. The legend says that, after spending so much time in this gloomy cell, on leaving broad daylight died, after going blind.

Schedule

Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Access half an hour before the close time.

From April to October: 

  • April from 10:00 to 20:00h.
  • From May to August from 10:00 to 21:00h.
  • September and October from 10:00 to 20:00h.

From November to March:

  • From 10:00 to 18:00h.

Special open time:

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

Closed:

  • Working Mondays.
  • January 01 and December 25.

*Tuesday afternoon: free admission from 15:00 except public holidays.

Location

Address:

Castell Road, nn

How to get there:

Access is via the Castle road. It can be reached by food (2 km), by private vehicle or by a tourist train that leaves from the Xàtiva tourist office (Avda. Selgas, 2).

The turistic train is not available at the moment
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