Contact details

Biar, Alicante - Alacant  (Valencia)
biar@touristinfo.net
http://turismobiar.com/castillo-de-biar/
Tel.:+34 965811177

Location

Autonomous region:
Valencia

Province/Island:
Alicante - Alacant

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 Oct 01 to May 30
From Wednesday to Friday
From 10:15 to 13:45
From 16:15 to 19:15

Saturday, Sunday, Public holidays
From 10:15 to 13:45


From Jun 01 to Sep 30
From Wednesday to Friday
From 10:15 to 13:45
From 16:15 to 18:15

Public holidays and Weekend
From 10:15 to 13:45

Prices

General: €1

Map


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