Castillo de Montefrio
Castillo de Montefrio
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Gunnel Christin... L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You really have to walk up to the church on the top and take the 111 steps up to the very top! Marvellous👍🤭🙏
Written 8 March 2020
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Jo W
Andalucia, Spain36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Arriving at the village from the west, the stunning silhouette of the church, Iglesia de la Villa, perched high on top of a rocky pinnacle overlooking the town dominates the skyline. This was once the site of a Nasrid castle that was the last place to be besieged by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1486 before the final retreat of the Moors from Granada, ending the almost 800 year rule by the Moors. It was the Catholic Monarchs who ordered the castle to be demolished and the church built in its place.
If you have a car you can drive up to the entrance of the church, otherwise it is quite a steep climb up the hill. The church now contains a small history museum (interpretation centre) which can be entered for €2. The guide from the local tourist office spoke excellent English and was keen to tell us about the building before showing us a ten minute documentary film with subtitles that explained the diverse history. There are still remnants of the castle walls and a large water tank in the grounds that you can wander around and, if you have the stamina, you can also climb the 111 steps up the spiral staircase to the top of the church for an all-encompassing view.
Written 25 August 2018
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bisonbison
Calgary, Canada73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
What a charming little castle! Perched upon the top of a steep hill, you can find delights such as archeological evidence of early Moorish habitation. There are many interpretive signs in English (though you often get a good chuckle out of the translations) outside, although you can pay 2 euro to enter the small museum inside the main church. Displays inside the museum do not have many English signs, but there is a 5-minute video with English subtitles that had some information, lots of poor graphics, but well worth the time (and again, chuckle) if you’re not in a rush. Go to the top of the tower for some nice views, however be prepared to read some interpretive signs that point out landmarks you can’t actually see. In your day trip, include a side trip to Moclin and Olivares, which are even more charming villages with cuter castles and a beautiful walk. The roads are phenomenal driving, and the landscape is beautiful at dusk.
Written 11 December 2017
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Anthony S
Tallinn52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
It is a short but very steep climb up from the Tourist office up to the castle. Not taxing as the distance is short but would could be a challenge for someone with bad hips or knees. The streets were better for donkeys than cars. There were a few narrow turns that are not marked but just keep going up!

Our children loved the steep angles and cliff and roof top views. There are a few places not fenced but they are very wide just had to remind the kids to stay away from the ledge

Worth it when you get to the top.

We parked at the bottom of the town but even Easter Sunday could have drove up to near the City Hall/ tourist office and found parking. Surprising number of cafes near the Tourist info for a small town. There is even a tourist "train" that goes up to the Nat Geo Lookout point, but you could walk or drive there fairly easily.
Written 18 April 2017
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Kenneth N
Galien, MI13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
Our climb to the castle began with a meandering ascent through the white washed homes of Montefrio complete with barking dogs and locals going to market. Every turn delivered a new view that could only be exceeded by what awaited at the top. We arrived before opening and explored the old Moorish grounds. They are well marked and provide good information on what you are seeing. The local guide arrived on motor bike with his small dog Tito and through my spotty French and the help of a smart phone translator we got along fine. The inside of the castle is wonderfully preserved and your tour begins with a nicely done short movie that has English subtitles. Climbing the tower only delivers more breath taking views of the valley and remnants of fallen watch towers. This is a must of your Montefrio visit
Written 6 February 2016
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Jonathan Morris
Bunbury, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
An interesting, if exhausting, experience and well worth the effort of climbing the steep path from the town. I do not recommend that this be attempted after a heavy night, however : the hangover really kicked in as the summit was reached, but the views were great !
The opening times for the church are a little erratic so check first, although the gates to the path up the hill are open for longer.
It's worth asking at the Tourist office first if you do not want to have to return.
Written 29 January 2015
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yorkshire101
Ripon50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
Collect you ticket from the tourist office at the bottom before you walk uo the hill. it's a steep climb, but if you are staying in this lovely village its a climb in all directions.one at the top there are views across the town in all direction, the guide will give you a 10 minute talk about the history they leave you to look arround on your own.
If you stay in Montefrio try not to have a large hire cars as the streets are very (and i mean very) narrow. this town hasent changed in hundreds of years, its proper old spain, good tapas with every drink and at euro 1.95 very cheap. Don't expect many people to speak English, but you only need a few words of Spanish to get buy.
Written 27 September 2014
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SimonNSW18
London, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Check at tourist office before you go up. By the time we got here we were exhausted! Had tried twice to get up but went wrong way first time, right fork not left if you are walking up from church / centre. Then went up and the gates were closed. had to go back to tourist office, by town hall to get tickets.Then escorted up to castle by charming and incredibly helpful tourist office lady. Having said that worth all the effort. Beautiful church in stunning site with huge views from the top of tower. Definite five stars.
Written 13 August 2014
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JANDDBritinParis
Aberdeen, UK741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
This church/crumbling Moorish castle perched on a cliff high above the village is worth a visit not only for the view but for 2.50euros its a bargain. There is a good display in the church with all the boards having some information in English and a bell tower to climb with fabulous views. The village itself and the more modern church down in the village proper are worth a visit too
Written 4 February 2013
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israjosue
Costa del Sol, Spain2,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Montefrío has been occupied by the first civilizations that occupied the peninsula, caves and primitive hunter villages have been found with vestiges such as arrowheads and carved knives that show us the antiquity of the place, being the oldest village from the year 4500 before our time. was.
The Romans had a settlement currently known as 'Pueblo de los Castillejos' that connected with the coast of Malaga, they were the ones who built the main population centers
The Arab conquest came at the beginning of the 8th century and would last 8 centuries; They called the place 'Montefrid' from which the current name comes; They built a fortress which was key in the defense against the kingdom of Castile since they managed to repel numerous attempts at conquest until it finally gave way in 1483 after being besieged by Christian armies.
After the conquest the population was forced to convert to Christianity or flee to the surroundings of the Alhambra. The church built in the Castle remains from this period, works that were completed in 1507.
This municipality located at the foot of the Sierra de Parapanda has been declared a place of historical-artistic interest, with the Arab fortress and the church being two elements that dominate the landscape and that attract attention as soon as you arrive in Montefrío.
A walk through the steep streets of Montefrío will take us back in time, we will be able to enjoy the rich gastronomy of the municipality with typical dishes from the area.
If you are looking to encounter nature, the Peña de los Gitanos is a natural area of great beauty, accessible by the road that connects Montefrío with Illora, a place from which to enjoy a spectacular landscape with abundant vegetation and ideal for hiking, we can even see hundreds of Neolithic dolmens spread across the landscape.
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Written 23 December 2023
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