Museum of Traditional Arts and Customs of the Upper Guadalquivir, La Yedra Castle

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Museum of Traditional Arts and Customs of the Upper Guadalquivir, La Yedra Castle

The most iconic historical building in Cazorla, La Yedra Castle, is also home to this small museum.

It is divided into two different sections: the first, located in the tower through which the museum is entered, showcases traditional arts and customs with a collection of agricultural tools, ceramics and a recreation of a typical Cazorla-style kitchen. The second section is found further on, in the castle keep, and focuses on the Settlement of Cazorla. A visit to the museum will also enable you to take a closer look at the castle building itself, which constitutes something of a journey back in time: the albacara or defensive wall surrounding the entire complex is the oldest part, probably dating back to the 11th century, while the keep was built in the 16th century, during the time of Archbishop Pedro Tenorio, in order to augment the power of the Governors of the region.

In the section on traditional arts and customs you may recognise, or even recall using, some of the tools and implements that were so integral to rural life in Andalusia, while elsewhere in the museum you can find three models that demonstrate how the old olive mills worked and how oil was produced.

The castle keep was designed for military purposes, to which it owes its sober appearance and round shape. From the outside, however, it is a beautiful piece of architecture, perfectly preserved and an ideal home for the exhibition it now houses on the history of the Settlement of Cazorla, a dominion given by King Ferdinand III to the Archbishop of Toledo in order to ensure the protection of the Guadalquivir Valley.

Upon entering the first room in the keep you will become aware of just how solid the building is; on the ground floor its walls are a remarkable four metres thick. The castle dungeons are linked to the legend of La Tragantía, a monstrous snake-woman who is said to appear on the night of the summer solstice and is remembered each year during the celebrated “Night of La Tragantía”.


Public opening hours:

Monday: closed.

Tuesday: 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

Wednesday to Saturday: 9 am to 8.30 pm.

Wednesday to Saturday: 9 am to 8.30 pm.

For information on opening hours for public holidays call the number below or consult the website

Tel: 953 71 16 38


From Plaza de la Constitución in the centre of Cazorla, head towards Plaza de la Corredera along Calle Doctor Muñóz. From there, head to the Balcón de las Herrerías and follow the signs to La Yedra Castle, crossing Plaza de Santa Maria.


Camino del Ángel, s/n
23470 Cazorla Jaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 710 039


Municipality code: 23028
Longitude: -3
Latitude: 37,91
X coordinates: 37° 54,44'
Y coordinates: 03° 0,09'
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