The castle is a prime example of the power attained by the Order of Calatrava in the Middle Ages. King Fernando III, the Saint, entrusted the Order with the defence of the western border of the kingdom of Jaén against the Nasrid kingdom of Granada. The castle is one of the best restored strongholds in Spain. Its Visitor Centre is dedicated to the castle’s historical evolution, particularly the period when the warrior-monks occupied it.
Location and Access
The castle stands on top of a hill, surrounded by the town of Alcaudete in the foothills, 48 kilometres from the city of Jaén. Alcaudete can be reached via the Úbeda-Malaga A-316 motorway and the Badajoz-Granada N-432 road.
- Latitude: 37.590472
- Longitude: -4.088556
Telephone: +34 953560304Visiting Times
- Tuesday to Friday guided tours at 11:00 and 16:30 (May to September at 17:30)
- Saturdays and Sundays guided tours at 11:00.
- Guided tours.
- Car park.
- Access for coaches.