This spectacular fortress was built by the Almohad Empire at the end of the twelfth century, as a refuge for the Muslim population of Villena. The interior wall and the two first floors of the keep with their two impressive vaults, unique in Spain’s castles, along with the fortress of Biar, date back to this period.

James I conquered the castle in 1240 and, after the signing of the Treaty of Almizra, the Seigneury of Villena passed into the domain of the Manuel family, first feudal lords. In the 14th century, the Prince of Villena was the famous writer Juan Manuel, author of El Conde Lucanor. His second wife, the Infanta Constanza de Aragón, also lived in the castle which forced him to carry out the first reforms. In the 15th century, the castle was ruled by the powerful Pacheco family, the Marquesses of Villena, who added two new floors to the tower and built the second wall. In 1476, the Catholic Monarchs seized the castle from the Pachecos after a tough siege, of which numerous projectiles remain in the bailey.

During the following centuries, the castle was involved in the Revolt of the Brotherhoods, the Wars of Succession and Independence, as shown by the formidable artillery impacts evident today and the graffiti made by prisoners in the tower.

ATTENTION

  • The guided tours start punctually, so please arrive early enough to buy the tickets.
  • If you come to Villena from the A31 motorway, take the Villena Sur exit and follow the signs to Castillo de la Atalaya.
  • For visitors’ safety, Atalaya Castle will remain closed during electric storms.
  • Animals are not allowed to enter, except for guide dogs.
  • Villena Tourism is not responsible for tourist information regarding the Castle given on other websites.

Schedule for visit

Mornings: Tuesday to Sunday, Bank Holidays and Mondays on the eve of holidays. Guided tours at 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00h.
Afternoons: Tuesday to Saturday. Guided tours at 16:00 and 17:00 h. In Summer (July and August) the afternoon tours will be without guide.
Closed: Monday all day, Sunday afternoon and bank holidays.


Tickets sales at the Tourist Info office at Villena Castle (next to the fortress) and the Tourist Info Office in Villena (Plaza de Santiago)

Price 3€ (1.5€ with discount)

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