According to one story, after conquering the castle and only two days after the historic Battle of Navas de Tolosa, the Christians did not hesitate to slaughter the defenders of a castle that had served as defence and a watchtower for the Moorish kingdom for 200 years. Formerly called Muradel pass, it is currently known as the Despeñaperros pass. The silhouette of the castle’s tower stands out in typical Sierra Morena pasturelands where fighting bulls graze.
The remains of the castle are located close to the A-IV motorway, past kilometre 265, between Santa Elena and La Carolina. Turn off at exit 265 on the Autovía de Andalucía (motorway) to reach the Orellana-Perdiz complex, whose owners give guided tours of the castle.
- Latitude: 38.285558
- Longitude: -3.586278
Telephone: +34 953660600 / +34 953661251Visiting Times
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