We took ourselves off this afternoon to Alcala la Real to visit the Fortaleza de la Mota...the Fortress of the Hill which dominates Alcala and all the surrounding countryside. This is the Moorish 'castle' that you can see for miles before arriving at Alcala. The Moslem rulers were established in the 7th century and held out against the 'Christian' rulers of the remainder of Castille until the mid 14thCentury ( 1341) when Alcala fell to Alphonso XI. The fortress is developed and an Abbey founded there by the new Spanish rulers. Napoleon fired the Abbey when he and his army was rampaging there in the Peninsula wars and it finally disappeared in the 19thC.
Fortaleza De La Mota
View of modern Alcala from the ramparts
Medieval structures within the fortress, winery's, butchery's and Poundland etc.
A modern representation of a Trebuchet..rock slinging anti-siege kit.
The Trebuchet's ammunition...ouch!
Excavated bodegas..off- licence, full of wine
The Abbey Church...minus the abbey