Contact details

Biar, Alicante - Alacant  (Valencia)
biar@touristinfo.net
http://turismobiar.com/castillo-de-biar/
Tel.:+34 965812029

Location

Alicante-Alacant

Description

This frontier castle is Arab in origin and was reinforced and extended by the Christians from the time of its conquest. It contains a unique element in Hispanic Arab architecture.

It was built in the 12th century by the Almohads, and reinforced from the mid-13th century onwards due to its location on the frontier between the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile. It is today in a good state of conservation, and comprises a double enclosure. The exterior, which follows the shape of the hill overlooking the village of Biar, has four semi-cylindrical towers at the corners, all with battlements and arrow slits. The interior also has three semi-cylindrical towers, although its most outstanding feature is the shell keep. This building has a rectangular floor plan, 17 metres high, with a ground floor and two other floors. Its peculiarity is to be found on the first floor, which is covered by a traditional Almohad ribbed vault, the only example of its kind in Spanish military architecture.

  • Construction: Castle
  • Artistic period: Arab

Practical information

Schedule

  • From Jul 01 to Aug 31
  • From Tuesday to Sunday

    From 10:15 AM to 01:45 PM

Prices

  • General: €1

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