The Marqués de los Velez Castle

Plaza de la Libertad, s/n

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Cultural Visit

The Marqués de los Velez Castle (Castillo del Marqués de los Vélez) is the most important monument in Cuevas del Almanzora, it is located in Plaza de la Libertad’s square. It was built as a fortress, expanding the existing Roman Tower by order of Don Pedro Fajardo y Chacón.

It’s a large walled enclosure with a single access gate, above which the Coats of Arms of Fajardo family is placed. Once inside the building, we find a paved courtyard and an amphitheatre overlooking the three buildings housed in this fortress:

The Homage Tower (Torre del Homenaje) is believed to be from the Roman Period. It’s 16 m wide x 19 m high and is divided into five floors joined by a spiral staircase. It was used as a prison during the 18th century, as testified by the fantasies and desires printed on its walls by the prisoners.

The Marquis Palace (Palacio del Marqués) is a two- storey ashlar building surrounded by four cylindrical bastions. There are several rooms surrounding a central courtyard inside the building. Currently it houses the Museum of Contemporary Art “Antonio Manuel Campoy”, one of the best art galleries in Andalusia.

The Tercia House (Casa de la Tercia), with a neoclassical style, was built in the 18th century as a barn and it was also the place where people paid the tithe tax to the Marquis. Nowadays, it houses the Historical Archive, the municipal library, the Archaeological Museum, and the exhibition room Tercia I.

Schedule

Opening hours:

  • From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 13.30 and from 16:00 to 19:00
  • Sundays: from 10:00 to 13:30

Summer (from 15th June to 15th September):

  • From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 14:00

Closed days:

  • Mondays.
  • Sunday afternoons.
  • January: 1 and 6
  • October: 12
  • November: 13
  • December: 25

Location

Address:

Libertad Square, nn

How to get there:

Almería is easily accessible through the Autovía del Mediterráneo (A-7 highway) and the N-324 national road which connects Granada and Almería. Along the coast, through the N-340 road which connects to Málaga and the toll motorway Cartagena-Vera (AP-7).

By car:

     1. Seville – Cuevas del Almanzora:

  • Approximate distance: 475 Km. 
  • Approximate time: 4 hours, 30 minute

      2. Granada – Cuevas del Almanzora:

  • Approximate distance: 243 Km.
  • Approximate time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

     3. Madrid – Cuevas del Almanzora:

  • Approximate distance: 530 Km.
  • Approximate time: 4 hours, 45 minutes

     4. France – Cuevas del Almanzora:

  • Approximate distance: 850 Km.
  • Approximate time: 7 hours, 15 minutes
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