Castle route
Castle route
Want to sniff a bit of history and culture in a pleasant way? Then this castle tour is definitely recommended. It takes you to the most beautiful forts in the province.
The starting point of our castle route is el Castillo de la Mola in Novelda. This castle is 360 meter above sea level. It is a fortress of Islamic origin and was built at the end of the 12th century. The design is polygonal with eight protruding squares. Only four of them remain. For a visitor to el Castillo de la Mola, it is an absolute must to see the Sanctuary of Maria Magdalene. This is a religious building reminiscent of the Sagrada Familia in the mini.
After Novelda, we drive to Elda and Petrer. These municipalities are only separated by one street. You are in Elda on one side of the street. We stop for a moment to visit the Arab castle. If you cross the street you are in Petrer. Together with the castles of Sax, Castalla, Biar and Villena, el Castillo de Petrer is located in the valley of the Rio Vinalopó. They are the silent witnesses of the ancient battles that were fought in this region. Originally el Castillo de Petrer was built by Muslims in the late 12th century. It was used by them as a watchtower and later served as a prison. The municipality of Petrer invested in restoration work to restore the castle to its original splendor as much as possible. The last works were completed in 2010.
We continue our route and stop at Sax. El Castillo de Sax is located at 524 meters above sea level on a steep cliff overlooking the municipality of Sax. The oldest remains found on the site date from the time of the Iberians. Furthermore, clues were also found from the time of the Romans. The most important tower of el Castillo de Sax, in mohammedan style, contains a round door that leads to the armory. In the castle you can view the rainwater reservoirs and various underground corridors that have been preserved.
The next stop is Villena. Here we visit El Castillo de la Atalaya or El Castillo de Villena, which is located on the foothills of the Monte de San Cristóbal. The castle was built with great certainty in the 12th century by the Arabs. "Great certainty" because it was mentioned by Arab sources in the year 1172. Possibly the castle stands on a Roman fortress, but this has not been confirmed by archaeologists. The most beautiful of the main tower are the vaults of the first two floors. What is also striking is the graffiti on the walls of the various rooms made by prisoners of war.
We leave Villena in the direction of Biar. There is, at an altitude of 750 meters, el Castillo de Biar. It also dates from the 12th century. The construction was started by the Almohads. The building was fortified during the 13th century. El Castillo de Biar has a double city wall and an arched entrance gate. A large square tower protrudes above the walls. By decision of 3 June 1931 the castle was declared a historical-artistic monument and became the property of the Tesoro Artistico Nacional.
Now we take a short jump to Banyeres de Mariola. El Castillo de Bañeres is located on the edge of the Natural Park of the Sierra de Mariola. Again a castle built by the Almohad in the 13th century.
Our next stop is el Palacio-Fortaleza del Marques de dos Aguas in Onil. Unlike the other castles, this castle is located in the center of Onil. Construction started in 1539 and was finished in 1614.
The last castle on our trip is el Castell de Castalla. It was built by the Moors in the 11th century. In 1989 the castle became the property of the municipality that extensively restored it.
The total route is approximately 100 km long. All these castles can be visited but unfortunately it is difficult to visit them consecutively on the same day due to very different opening hours. If you have not seen enough castles after this trip, you can still visit that of Santa Pola, not to mention the Castillo de Santa Barbara in Alicante.
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