Andalusia It has always been a desired land for its extraordinary geographical location as a passage to the Mediterranean, for its fertile lands and its extraordinary climate. This has meant that since time immemorial many empires and great powers have wanted to conquer it and, consequently, castles and fortresses have been erected to protect it, and we are not talking about castle buses, but of other types of castles that are erected throughout the entire map of Andalusia. That is why the south of Spain is an ideal place to contemplate and enjoy these constructions. Don't miss the route that from Gilsan Bus We propose where you can visit a spectacular castle in Alsina with options in each of the Andalusian provinces.
1.SEGURA DE LA SIERRA CASTLE (JAÉN)
The Castle of Segura of the Sierra It is one of the main cultural attractions of the region, offering an impressive panoramic view visible from several kilometers around. Such was its importance in the past, that it became the hegemonic center of the region, both in Muslim and Christian times. And he has recently been named as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
The castle comes from the time when the Santiago knights owned the Segura commandery and was possibly built between the 13th and 14th centuries, taking advantage of the existing baths and part of the old Muslim walls, building a fortress with a keep and exterior walls. Here we do guided tours of Segura from el Tranco leisure center, or from wherever the visit is booked, there we set out with our coach to visit the city where Jorge Manrique was born and also visit the only square bullring in Spain. And the castle of Santa Catalina is crowned by Jaén castle buses, but in the north of the province of Jaén we lead the way (buses castle does not fit here :).
2. ALMODOVAR DEL RÍO CASTLE (CÓRDOBA)
The Castle of Almodovar It is one of the greatest attractions of the province of Córdoba, located 22 kilometers from the capital where it rises majestically over the municipality of Almodóvar del Río.
The origins of the fortress date back to Roman times, but the castle was built by the Arabs in the year 760. However, in the year 1240, during the reign of Ferdinand III, it passed into Christian hands. During the reigns of Pedro I and Enrique II, it was converted into a royal residence. Later he passed to the Order of Calatrava and then to that of Santiago. In 1903, some restoration tasks were undertaken, carried out by the Count of Torralva, owner of the castle, which lasted until 1936.
Here you can also stop to make a mountain bike route and travel 30 km in the Guadalquivir Valley with a spectacular landscape and surrounded by nature.
3. ALCALÁ DE GUADAÍRA CASTLE (SEVILLE)
Together with the Guadaíra River, the Alcalá de Guadaíra Castle It is probably one of the signs of identity that best defends the city of Alcalá de Guadaíra. It is the historical germ of the population, which from its interior spreads over the centuries to form the current limits of the urban case.
The Castle is located on a promontory high enough to visually dominate its surroundings, in the same place where there were previously human settlements from the Bronze Age.
Its construction was carried out under Muslim domination, in the 11th and 12th centuries, although with the reconquest by Fernando III is when it acquired its definitive configuration. Major works continued to be carried out until the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century. It is probably one of the largest castles in Andalusia.
In Seville we have our bus headquarters, with buses San Cristobal, where you can make your bus reservation and we will be happy to take you.
4.FOG CASTLE (HUELVA)
He Guzmán castle It is located at one end of the walled area of the town of Fog, south of Huelva, near the provincial capital, an area that was an important place in communication between the provinces of Huelva and Seville.
The story of Fog It dates back to Roman times. The fortress, castle and walled enclosure was built during Arab domination, which during the Taifa era was established as an independent kingdom.
Niebla was reconquered by Christian troops under the command of Alfonso X the Wise, using gunpowder for the first time in the fight for possession of these Andalusian territories. It was used in a very simple way but paved the way for a new phase in defense, attack and counterattack systems.
The Medina Sidonia family fitted out the building and turned it into a residence.
In the 19th century, with the War of Independence, the castle and walls were partially destroyed by French troops. It is a place worth visiting, surely being another of the places in Spanish geography where alsa does not reach.
5.OLVERA CASTLE (CÁDIZ)
He Olvera Castle It stands at an altitude of 700 meters on a rocky hill that dominates the town of the same name, in the province of Cadiz. From it you could see the border line of castles that separated Muslim and Christian Spain. It can be accessed from Calzada Street.
Olvera Castle, the Islamic Wabra, al-Wabira or Uryawila, was built by Christians on a 12th century Arab fortress that was part of the border line of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, after its reconquest by Alfonso siege in the year 1327.
From then until the fall of Zahara and Ronda, after the campaigns of 1482, it was the main Christian outpost on the border.
6. COLOMARES CASTLE (MALAGA)
In the Malaga town of Benalmadena, the impressive Colomares Castle commemorates Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. A building with unique views of the bay, a tribute to the figure of Christopher Columbus, built in Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar styles.
The original idea for the creation of the Colomares Castle arose from its creator, Doctor D. Esteban Martín Martín, not Esteban Rivas, who worked as a doctor in the United States, and was surprised by the little information that the Americans had about the history of the discovery of America, aroused in him an interest in highlighting this important event so that it would not be forgotten.
With their knowledge of architecture and the help of two bricklayers, they managed to build this castle in seven years, specifically between 1987 and 1994, which tells the story of the discovery of America in a symbolic way.
7.LA CALAHORRA CASTLE (GRANADA)
Halfway between Grenade and Almería with the backdrop of the Alpujarras, the panoramic view of this Granada castle, dominating the landscape with the peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the background, is of a beauty that overwhelms the traveler. Built between 1509 and 1512 by Lorenzo Vázquez and Michele Carlone, a Genoese architect brought to Spain by the Marquis of Zenete, the La Calahorra castle It was one of the first constructions in which the new Renaissance models were introduced.
He Calahorra castle It represents a mix of styles, between a medieval military fortress and an elegant 16th century palace castle. The corner towers are circular and topped with domes. The set is enabled for the use and resistance of the new firearms of the time. Its walls are reddened by the dust of the Alquife mines. La Calahorra is considered the first major work that documents the work of Italian artists in Spain.
In Granada we have good allies such as Juan Martín coaches, one of the most professional in the world of coaches in Granada. If you need anything from Juan buses, do not hesitate to tell us and we will put you in contact with him.
8. VELEZ BLANCO CASTLE (ALMERÍA)
Located in the municipality that bears his name in the north of the province of Almeria, he Vélez-Blanco castle It is one of the great fortresses of southern Spain. It is one of the first works of the Spanish Renaissance along with the Calahorra Castle , very well preserved as far as the exterior is concerned and with an unbeatable location above the town of Vélez-Blanco. The origins of the fortress date back to the beginning of the 16th century when the newly appointed Marquis of the Vélez, The Adelantado of Murcia, Pedro Fajardo y Chacón, ordered the construction of a castle at the top of the town on the remains of an old Arab citadel.
One of the wonders of this palace that has ended up far from our borders is the courtyard of honor. A luxurious white marble patio from the neighboring town of Macael. A masterpiece of the Renaissance that stood in the castle-palace until 1904 when it was sold to an antique dealer in Paris. From there it passed into the hands of an American businessman who installed it in his house to finally end up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where surely some friend of alsa bus. A rather unexpected ending for an Almeria castle. Unfortunately, little remains of that spectacular patio beyond small details that were saved from the sale, so all we have to do is let our imagination run wild.
So now you know, if you have to tour Andalusia from castle to castle, count on Gilsan or its add-ons, and forget the bus schedules, to complete a luxury trip along the Andalusian roads.