Carrión de Calatrava

Calatrava la Vieja Castle

Contact details

Carretera Nacional 420, de Ciudad Real a Carrión de Calatrava
13150  Carrión de Calatrava, Ciudad Real  (Castile-La Mancha)
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Ciudad Real


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It is Arab in origin.

The building incorporates a major water defence system, in combination with various walls and barriers.

The Guadiana River itself served as a natural moat to the north side of the fortification. The rest of the wall was surrounded by an excavated ditch, 10 m deep, into which the water from the river flowed directly. It has 1,500 m of wall with 44 square turrets and two with a pentagonal floor plan. It has two side accesses and two outer towers. The compound is divided into two areas: the Medina, or town; and the Alcázar, or palace. The palace has a Templar apse which was never completed, and a 12-sided floor plan. Also of interest are the remains of the wrought ironwork, and the vaults in the different rooms.

  • Construction: Castle
  • Artistic period: Arab
  • Historic period: 8th century

Practical information


  • From Oct 01 to Mar 31
  • From 10:30 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 18:00
  • From Apr 01 to May 31
  • From Thursday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 20:00
  • From Jun 01 to Aug 31
  • From Tuesday to Thursday From 10:00 to 14:00
  • From Friday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 17:00 to 20:30
  • From Sep 01 to Sep 30
  • From Friday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 20:00


  • Adults: €4
  • Reduced: €2


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