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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)
Tel.:+34 926690654
Tel.:+34 926814081


Autonomous region:
Castile-La Mancha

Ciudad Real

Ciudad Real


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.


Artistic period:

Historic period:
8th century

Practical information


From Oct 01 to Mar 30
From Friday to Sunday
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 14:30

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