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A fort of Islamic origin stands in the Cerro del Castillo (Castle's Hill) in Alhama de Murcia, from 11th and 12th centuries, located on a steep hill overlooking the town and with favorable conditions to control Guadalentín Valley itinerary. The castle was part of the border fortifications, with the Kingdom of Granada in the south, and the Kingdom of Aragon in the north. It was declared BIC (Asset of Cultural Interest in 1985).

The fort is divided into two different areas: a political and military space and another one for shelter and residence of the population. The Torre del Homenaje (Homage Tower) stands out with full elevation and decorative paintings inside. Through the archaeological remains found in the castle, Muslim period phases until mid-13th century have been documented. In the last third of the 14th century, the castle and the town of Alhama became part of the estate of the Fajardo family, along with other towns in the region. After the conquest of Granada, the castle was no longer a border fortress of the valley and was gradually abandoned, beginning the process of deterioration over the centuries.

Restoration and consolidation works have been carried out through the European project Castrum and the 1% cultural project by the Ministry of Culture and Development, in order to provide the public with educational and enlightening look around the enclosure. This has allowed to provide with arranged visis for groups and cultural visits that are held twice a month, every second Saturday and fourth Sunday (except July and August). Previous booking and further information at the Archaeological Museum Los Baños. 

If your visit doesn't coincide with these cultural tours, we recommend you to go up until the ramparts to admire the view of the Valley of Guadalentín or to start the marked path "Senda del Castillo", SL-MU 5, a circular hiking route of 3,1 kms. surrounding the hill.


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