"Possibly the best Frontier Fortress in Andalucia" Baños de la Encina Things to Do Tip by alucas
Baños de la Encina Things to Do: 5 reviews and 18 photos
We found this castle in our Signpost Guide and made a detour to see it specially.
The castle was constructed in 968 on orders of the caliph of Cordoba to guard the entrance to al-Andalus from Christian invasions. The keep was big enough to protect the entire community during a siege. There are 14 towers and massive walls. The view is superb and worth the detour alone. See the travelogue for more pictures of the castle and the views.
The castle is not normally open, but our guidebook suggests that the key to the massive gates is available from one of the houses nearby. Somehow we managed to visit Banos in siesta time on both our visits, so didn't like to try and work out which house it was !
It was declared a national monument in 1931.
Directions to Banos
North-east from Baillen off the main Cordoba - Madrid motorway. There seem to be three roads leading to Banos - the most southerly one starts from near the centre of Baillen and is not signposted - in fact in parts it is more of a dirt track ! The best road to take is leave the NIV motorway at junction 288, which is about 6 km or so north of Baillen. Head north, and the castle will come into view after a few kilometres.
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