For most of the 13th century, Martos was considered the Order of Calatrava’s main stronghold against the Kingdom of Granada. Chosen by the military Order for their strategic location, the castles of La Villa and La Peña made up one of the most important defensive enclaves in Jaén province. The remains that can be visited in the town centre are the keep of the castle of La Villa, which currently houses a Visitor Centre with information on the town’s history.
- Castle of La Villa: Tower keep that hold the Visitor Centre of the City. C/ Primero de Mayo s/n.
- Castle of La Peña: Considerably difficult access. You have to climb up to La Peña on foot, to an altitude of more than four thousand metres, for around 40 minutes along a signposted path, from a car park at the half-way point.
- Latitude: 37.723676
- Longitude: -3.967237
Telephone: +34 953704006.Visiting Times
- Thursdays and Wednesdays: from 11.00 to 14.00 h.
- Saturdays: from 11.00 to 14.00 h. and from 19.00 to 21.00 h.