How to embark on an exciting journey through the ages back to medieval times in the Castle of Almodóvar del Río, better known as the Castle of Game of Thrones.

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Just a stone's throw from Cordoba, the most Arab city in Andalusia, there is a magnificent castle that, with its thirteen centuries of history, dominates the Rio Guadalquivir from its 252-metre hill.

If you -like me- are a Castle-addicted person, then you cannot miss the opportunity to experience the thrill of living in another century through the towers, battlements, dungeons and parade ground of the castle, not to mention its hexagonal chapel and the princess's ghost, which in a Castle worthy of this name is obviously not to be missed.

  1. Historical background
  2. Legends of the Castle
  3. What to see and do
  4. Take a tour of the castle
  5. See the filming locations used in Game of Thrones
  6. Enjoy the view
  7. Visit the museum
  8. Attend events
  9. The time has come to reveal a secret!
  10. Conclusions

1. Historical background

The Almodovar del Rio Castle has a long and fascinating history that dates back to the Roman era.

The earliest known record of the castle dates back to the 8th century when it was known as "Al-mudawwar" during the Islamic period of the Iberian Peninsula. The castle was built by the Moors as a strategic defense against the Christian armies of the north.

In 1240, the castle was captured by King Ferdinand III of Castile during the Reconquista, a centuries-long period in which Christian forces gradually retook the Iberian Peninsula from Muslim rule. After its capture, the castle was extensively renovated and expanded by the Christian kings of Castile.

Over the centuries, the castle was used for a variety of purposes, including as a military fortress, a prison, and a residence for local nobility. During the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, the castle was used as a military barracks.

In the 20th century, the castle fell into disrepair and was in danger of collapsing. However, in the 1970s, extensive restoration work was undertaken, and the castle was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.

Today, the Almodovar del Rio Castle is one of the most impressive and well-preserved castles in Spain. Visitors can explore the castle's various towers, walls, and courtyards, and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The castle has also been used as a filming location for various movies and TV shows, including the popular series HBO “Game of Thrones”.

2. Legends of the Castle

According to legend, the castle was once home to a princess named Zaida, who was the daughter of the Moorish king of Granada. Zaida fell in love with a Christian knight named Rodrigo, who was imprisoned in the castle by her father. The two lovers managed to escape and elope, but were pursued by the Moorish army.

In order to escape capture, the couple climbed to the top of the castle's tower and jumped to their deaths, rather than be separated or captured.

Legend says that their spirits still haunt the castle to this day.

Another legend associated with the castle is that of the "Treasure of Almodovar". According to this story, a vast treasure was hidden within the castle during the Moorish occupation, and has never been found.

Many treasure hunters have searched for the treasure over the years, but it remains undiscovered.

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3. What to see and do

The Almodóvar Castle was used as a filming location for the popular TV series "Game of Thrones" in season 7. If you are planning to visit the Almodóvar Castle, there are several things you can do.

4. Take a tour of the castle

It is possible to explore the various rooms and learn about its history through three types of tours:

  • the general visit: if you want to enjoy the visit at your own pace, choose the Non-Guided Tour. You can do this with the help of a map, with explanatory panels in 4 languages ​​(Spanish, English, French and German) and with the free audio guide (QR code);
  • the cultural guided visit: a different way to visit the Castle is with the company of one of guides, who will give you an extensive explanation of the history of the Castle. This tour lasts approximately 1:30 hours. It is available in Spanish, English and French;
  • the theatrical tour: D. MEN RODRIGUEZ DE SANABRIA, a loyal Knight and His Majesty King Pedro I’s personal steward, shall host you on this guided tour around the fortress rooms, which include the the study of the Count of Torralva himself, where he devised the plans for the reconstruction of the Castle together with Fernandez Casanova and where he spent time researching new places to visit on his travels and would unwind with his favorite book. We chose that option and we had an amazing time!

5. See the filming locations used in Game of Thrones

Including the courtyard where Jamie Lannister was held prisoner and the tower where Olenna Tyrell stayed.

6. Enjoy the view

Almodóvar del Río Castle is located on top of a hill at an elevation of 250 meters above sea level, providing visitors with a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Walking around the castle walls you can see the lush green countryside of Andalusia stretching out with olive groves, vineyards, and wheat fields spread out in all directions. To the north, you can see the Sierra de Córdoba mountain range, with its peaks and valleys covered in pine forests.

Looking south, you'll see the Guadalquivir River winding its way through the valley below, flanked by fields and orchards. The river was an important strategic location in medieval times, and the Castle was built to protect it from invading armies.

From the top of the towers, you can see even further: the breathtaking view of the Andalusian countryside.

Overall, the view from the top of the Almodóvar del Río Castle is a stunning display of natural beauty and medieval architecture.

7. Visit the museum

The Castle has a museum that showcases the history and culture of the region. You can learn about the Castle's role in the region's history, as well as the traditions and customs of the people who lived there.

8. Attend events

The castle hosts various events throughout the year, including medieval fairs and concerts. Check the castle's website to see if there are any events scheduled during your visit.

  • Historical Reenactment journey

This is a faithful reproduction of customs and days in the periods of a specific historical context. You can watch medieval wrestling matches, dance, eat, drink, gamble and be transported for a few hours to another era.

Among the activities that can be discovered through the historical reconstructions are music, dancing, military life, games and training, medicine, crafts, palace life, different guilds and trades, battles, attacks... and much more.

  • The Dark Moon

No story is real until you have lived it, endured it, gone through yourself.

There is other life hiding within the castle walls: it is the legends, the mysteries, the feelings, the wandering souls, the spirits of former inhabitants who have been trapped here for eternity...

It doesn't happen often, but there are certain dates that coincide every 100 years when the legends come to life after dark - nights known to the castle's inhabitants as the 'DARK MOON'.

If you are curious about this experience, check the date of the next DARK MOON night, which will take place in ALMODOVAR CASTLE, and - if you make it to the end - be sure to tell us how it went!

  • Medieval lunches

You can take part in a banquet worthy of King Pedro I where the aim is to eat and have fun. But beware! The punishment for those who do not enjoy eating is prison!

  • Medieval combat training

Finally, for the more daring, it is possible to relive the only contact sport that existed at the time of King Pedro I: fighting as it happened over 700 years ago.

9. The time has come to reveal a secret!

More than a thousand years of history are available for you to rent! Yes, you can celebrate all kinds of events in this unique and incomparable setting.

The belvedere of the Castle, with its spectacular views of the Cordoba countryside and magical sunsets, the sublime parade ground - surrounded by almond trees and the Palacio del Conte de Torralva - or the refined and civilised interior of the library, to name but a few. Each unique space of the Castillo de Almodovar is an incomparable setting for business meetings, celebrations and parties, which will transform your event into an unforgettable experience!

10. Conclusions

Overall, Almodóvar Castle is a fascinating place to visit, whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not. Its rich history, stunning architecture and beautiful surroundings make it a must-see attraction in Spain.

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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