Turismo de Alcalá de Guadaíra

The Castle Route


This route will begin at the del Derribo Square (plaza), in front of the Church of Santiago (St. James'). We will climb the slope of Santa María, contemplating some architectonic examples of Seigniorial Houses.

The Church of Santa María del Águila is at the end of this slope. In this place we will also be able to enjoy the best views of Alcalá.

The following stop will be the Medieval Castle; we will go in through the Royal Gate to get to the Well's Yard. We will go though the "the tower between yards" that gives way to a second large room, called Patio de los Silos or Silos' Yard and from this point we will contemplate the Royal Palace or Alcázar.

In order to finish the route, we will go down by the (poor) quarter San Miguel.

What do I need to know?
Parking Parking Rotonda del Pan C/ San Francisco
Bus Stop Line B urban buses. Duquesa de Talavera
Nearest Café La Centenaria, C/ Ntra. Sra. del Águila (C/La Mina)
Description of the route on foot Santa María del Águila St.
Ascending route with staircase (0,2 km)

Point N 1: Santiago (St. James') Church

Its foundations date back from 1500; it has Gothic plan with three naves covered with groin vaultsIt is a kind of vault made up by a series of arches or groins with structural function. The spaces generated between them are called webs, kind of curved panes with a secondary function, as fillers.. Another part is Neoclassical from the 18th century. The most outstanding elements are the paintings of its altarpieces. During our way to the following stop at Santa María del Águila, we can find exemplary views of Alcalá.

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Point N 2: Seigniorial Houses

By the end of the 19th century Alcalá attracted families of the Sevillian middle class that found at the locality idyllic surroundings for their rest and leisure. The Ibarra family built at the beginning of the 20th century this magnificent house placed at the slope of St. María. Another example is the Village of San José.

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Point N 3: Church of Santa María del Águila (Our Lady St Mary of the Eagle)

Mudejar Mudéjar style consisted in applying to Christian buildings the influence, elements -such as the horseshoe arch- or materials of Hispanic-Moorish or Andalusí art; this is an autochthonous phenomenon and is exclusively Iberian; it is based on masonry works of Andalusí tradition with specific materials as brick, tile, visible wood in coffers... Church from the 14th century, it houses the town's Patroness image. It was the first and only Parish of Alcalá until the founding of San Miguel.

Our following stop is the Medieval Castle. Before getting to the castle we could stop at the viewpoint to contemplate the views of the Dragon Bridge.

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Point N 4: Medieval Castle

Placed on a high spot over the River Guadaíra, of AlmohadReforming movement inside Muslim religion that brought several tribes from Northern Africa together. The reform was born in Morocco in the 12th century as an answer to religious laxity displayed by the Almoravid rulers. They penetrated Iberian Peninsula with the mission of stopping the Christians Kingdoms advance at the Reconquista. Their buildings are mainly functionalist, simple and austere. design and with late-medieval constructions, it includes several buildings, among which the Royal Palace or Alcázar stands out. The Castle is flanked by eleven towers, with architectonic and decorative details of high value. Once the visit is finished, we can walk down through San Miguel (poor) quarter until El Perejil to enjoy the view of [King] Carlos III Bridge.

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  • Zone: Fortified enclosure
  • Type: Cultural
  • Length: 500m
  • Difficulty: Low
  • It can be made: On Foot
  • Lasting: 1 hour on foot

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