The Region of Murcia has endless offerings for tourists wishing to explore the history and culture of this beautiful city. From wine tours to historical monuments, there really is something for everyone.
A visit to some of the Castles of Murcia will help you understand all the events that occurred throughout the history of this autonomous community.
Today we are talking about fortresses of great historical importance, considered a Site of Cultural Interest and located on top of hills crowning some of the most important municipalities in this region.
Making a route through the Castles of Murcia is one of the best options to discover this beautiful autonomous community.
For this reason, today we are going to take a look at some of its most important castles and fortresses, which are definitely worth a visit.
Castle of Lorca
One of the best-known castles in Murcia is Castillo de Lorca for sure. But why?
Just by its privileged location, its sheer size, and its incredible state of conservation, you can get an idea. It is located on top of a hill and its construction is of medieval origin, between the 9th and 15th centuries.
This castle-fortress is undoubtedly the hallmark of the city, which symbolizes the power and the struggle between the Nasrid kingdom of Granada and the Crown of Castile.
On a tour of this fortified enclosure, you can discover its walls, the cisterns, the stables, the Torre del Espolón, and the Torre Alfonsina. After some archaeological excavations, the Synagogue of the Jewish quarter was also found.
In this castle, you will learn abou the history of this city first hand; thanks to its exhibitions, guided tours, and workshops with activities for the whole family. Perfect to visit with children!
Lorca Castle is one of the largest castles in all of Spain
The Castle of Lorca is part of the Historic-Artistic Complex of the city, which is cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest. Despite having suffered damage during the 2011 earthquake, Lorca Castle remained open and is in good condition.
Inside the castle grounds is the Parador de Turismo de Lorca, an excellent place to stay during a rural getaway in the Region of Murcia.
In addition, the Castle of Lorca is one of the best places to photograph the city and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view. We are sure you will love it!
Now we head to Cartagena, one of the most important cities in the Region of Murcia, to see a curious medieval construction.
Castillo de la Concepción, a 13th or 14th-century building, is also known as Castillo de Asdrúbal after the General who founded the city of Cartagena. It is located on top of a hill of the same name.
In addition to being a medieval castle, it served as a Roman temple, a Roman citadel, and was the place where a siren was installed to warn of bombing during the Civil War.
Like many others, this castle fell into decline as it lost its defensive function. Despite having been considered for demolition at the beginning of the 20th century, it was partially restored and its Torre del Homenaje became an interpretation center for the history of Cartagena.
The Castillo de la Concepción offers one of the best views of Cartagena
Castillo de la Concepción is undoubtedly the best place to get to know the city; since in addition to learning about its 3,000 years of history, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Cartagena and its port. It has a Panoramic Elevator, to be able to reach the top of the hill on where it is located.
Now we´ll take a look at Jumilla, in the north of Murcia, to discover one of its most characteristic symbols.
Jumilla Castle is undoubtedly one of the most recommended castles in Murcia and one that most surprises tourists. It is located on top of a hill, from which it dominates the entire city.
The fortified enclosure as we see it today dates from the year 1461 when the Marquis of Villena ordered it to be built. Even today you can see his coat of arms on the terrace of this castle.
But its first fortifications date back to the Bronze Age and part of its walls was built by the Romans. Later the Arabs used these ruins to build a fortress and a mosque, which was transformed into a hermitage by Alfonso X after the conquest.
Jumilla Castle is the symbol of the city and has more than 3,000 years of history.
The fortress that we can visit today is Gothic in style and the castle can be accessed by following a small path or by minibus.
It is made up of a terrace, a basement that served as a dungeon, the Bastimento Room, the Mayor’s Room, and the parade ground. We encourage you to visit the Jumilla Castle, where you can take in its entire history thanks to its exhibition spaces.
Castle of San Juan de Águilas
The Castillo de San Juan de Águilas is a military fortification, located in the municipality of Águilas . Although the castle dates back to the 18th century, its origins go back to the Carthaginian era. Despite having been abandoned after the expulsion of the Arabs from this town, it was later rebuilt on several occasions. New elements were added to the original castle, such as the Torre de las Águilas. It also underwent an expansion due to its strategic location, serving as a place of defense against the attacks of the Barbary pirates.
Thanks to all this, it became one of the best fortresses of that time; although today there are few remains of this moment of great splendor. The Castle of San Juan de Águilas was restored in 2007 and can be visited since 2009. It is undoubtedly one of the best-located castles in Murcia, to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the town of Águilas and the Mediterranean Sea. It will make you fall in love!
Castle of Aledo
The Castle of Aledo is located in the homonymous municipality, in the Sierra Espuña, in the interior of the Murcia region. It was originally built in the High Middle Ages by the Muslims. At that time, the town was fortified and was one of the most strategic places for the control of the territory. Although it was not until 1086 when the Castle of Aledo acquired greater importance, since it was conquered by the Castilian troops and was a great loss for the Muslims.
Aledo Castle was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1985. But not only that, its Torre del Homenaje had already been declared a National Monument in 1931. We are sure that it is one of the castles in Murcia that you should know. Therefore, a visit to its Torre del Homenaje, also known as “La Calahorra” and which houses an interpretation center, will help you understand the history of this fortress and delve into medieval times
Castle of Alhama de Murcia
In the municipality of Alhama de Murcia , on top of a hill in the Sierra de la Muela, there is a magnificent fortress. The Castle of Alhama de Murcia stands dominating the town, becoming an ideal place to control the Guadalentín Valley and its surroundings. This castle of Islamic origin dates from the 11th and 12th centuries; although in its archaeological remains there are samples from the 12th century. It was also one of the border fortifications, bordering the Nasrid kingdom of Granada and the crown of Aragon. The castle lost this condition after the conquest of Granada and began its process of deterioration.
The Castle of Alhama de Murcia is the most representative monument of this town and has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1985. This castle is made up of two different spaces: the one that was used for political and military use; and the one that was destined to shelter the population. Although without a doubt, the place that stands out the most in this fortress is the Torre del Homenaje. Although its restoration has not been completed, guided tours can be taken. You have to visit it to know all its history!
Castle of Monteagudo
We already told you that the Monteagudo Castle is probably one of the most spectacular castles in the Murcia region. This is mainly due to its location in the district of Monteagudo , between the cities of Murcia and Orihuela. In addition, it stands on top of a rocky outcrop; thus dominating the entire region of Huerta de Murcia, which is bathed by the waters of the Segura River. Its origins go back to the Islamic era and it is related to the splendor of the Murcian Taifal court. Although its moment of greatest splendor was in 1243, when Alfonso X the Wise placed his Murcian residence there.
Without a doubt, the most striking thing about this castle is the sculpture that stands on its top. It is El Cristo de Monteagudo, a monument of reparation to the heart of Jesus and one of the most important religious symbols of Murcian culture. Proof of its importance is the fact that the Monteagudo Castle has been cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1985. You already know; If you decide to visit this autonomous community and want to see some of the most beautiful castles in Murcia, the Monteagudo Castle is a must. You will love it!
Castles of Cabo Tiñoso
If you want to visit a Castle in Murcia that will leave you speechless. This is one of them! The Castillitos Battery is a coastal artillery support fortification, located in the Sierra de la Muela, Cape Tiñoso and Roldán . The battery was built between 1933 and 1936, just as it had been planned in 1926 during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, to provide a defensive belt for the Plaza de Cartagena.
Despite being a recent fortification, which does not have as many years of history as the other castles on this list, it is one of the most surprising and highly recommended to visit. It is known by the name of Castillitos, since its appearance resembles small medieval castles. The complex has up to three sets of different batteries, through which you can walk and tour its entire walled enclosure. There you will discover machine rooms, gunpowder stores and different cannons. An ideal place to visit with children, they will love it!
Castle of the Fajardos de Mula
This castle is also known as the Castillo de Los Vélez and you can find it in the town of Mula . It is one of the best known monuments in Mula and is located on top of a hill, protecting the city. It is a medieval-Renaissance castle, from the 16th century, which was built by the Marqués de los Vélez. Unlike most castles, it was not built for defensive purposes, but rather it was a way of demonstrating power on the part of the Vélez house.
The Castillo de los Fajardos lacks decoration, although there are eight coats of arms that belonged to the Fajardo y Silva family. The castle is divided into three different parts, with its tower being the one that stands out the most. Another part is where there is a large cistern and the other is a roof on top of the tower. It is currently privately owned and at the moment it is not open to visitors, although efforts are being made to restore it and enable it to be visited.
We visit the municipality of Blanca, in the north of the Region of Murcia, to see the remains of its castle. The origins of this castle date back to the Islamic era, from the 12th century, at which time it played a very important role as a watchtower. With the Castilian conquest, the Castillo de Blanca passed into the hands of the Order of Santiago and became a symbol of stately power.
The most outstanding elements of this fortified complex are its three towers, which are joined by two curtains. These remains seem to give way to an old wall, of which hardly any samples are preserved. You can also see details of the ramparts with which the three towers were raised and the mechinales where the beams of its construction were introduced.
Castle of Caravaca de la Cruz
Caravaca de la Cruz is a city in the Region of Murcia, which stands out for being one of the five holy cities in the world. It is a town built around its Castle, which was built by the Commander of the Templars in the fifteenth century. This fortress is also known as Real Alcázar, it is located in the urban area of the town and inside it is the Sanctuary of Vera Cruz. This is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Christianity and a clear example of Spanish Baroque.
There is a legend that tells that a Moorish king converted to Christianity, after seeing two angels lower a cross from heaven so that a priest, who was imprisoned in this castle, could give mass. Although the fortress of this castle has undergone great changes, due to the passage of history and its transformation into a sacred center, details of its warlike character are still preserved in the walls that join the cubic towers. The alcázar-sanctuary complex was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1985.
Castle Fortress of Moratalla
The medieval Castle of Moratalla is one of the most important elements in the history of Moratalla. It is a magnificent castle-fortress, which is located in the highest part of the town. The origin of this castle dates back to the 9th century when the Muslims built it on the remains of a defensive fortification in al-Al-Ándalus. When it passed into the hands of the Order of Santiago, in the fifteenth century, the castle was rebuilt. From this period the Torre del Homenaje stands out; although the moment of greatest splendor of this castle was in the 16th century since it bordered with the Kingdom of Granada.
In addition to its military use as a defensive fortress, the Castle of Moratalla was also used as a cellar for the aging of wine. The fortress has six towers, among which its 22-meter-high Torre del Homenaje stands out. Incredible! Inside this enclosure, we can also find a parade ground, and its main building is divided into three floors: the cistern, the tribute room, and a battlemented terrace. Despite having been partially restored, this castle is currently in a state of consolidated ruin.