Segura de la Sierra Castle

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Segura de la Sierra Castle

Segura de la Sierra Castle is one of the most attractive sites in the park, due to its magical location: sitting proudly atop a high hill and looking down on the town below, it will draw your gaze like a magnet as soon as you enter the region. Today the castle houses a themed exhibition entitled “Frontier Territory”. Its chambers will immerse you in medieval life and history, whilst from its battlements you can observe the conjunction of two magnificently fertile worlds: the towns, villages and olive groves in the lowland areas and the large forests in the surrounding mountains, dominated by El Yelmo.


The castle belonged to the Moors until the 13th century, when it passed into the hands of the Order of Santiago. After falling into ruin it was restored to its former glory in the 1960s. The courtyard still preserves the remains of a hammam, a dungeon and another building which served as a chapel for the members of the Order.

The Visitor Centre includes recreations of different medieval workshops in the courtyard, while the chapel contains copies of important historical documents. An innovative “time-machine” activity enables visitors to gain an insight into earlier epochs and become protagonists in events that occurred at various stages in the past.

The chambers in the castle keep evoke different aspects of medieval culture, from both the Moorish and Christian eras. The second storey of the keep is dedicated to the Manrique family: in the 15th century Rodrigo Manrique was the commander of the town, while his son, the poet Jorge Manrique, wrote his famous Coplas a la muerte de mi padre (“Verses on the Death of My Father”) as an elegy to Rodrigo.

We recommend…

  • Listening carefully to the impressive monologue performed by Don Rodrigo Manrique – or, rather, by his ghost.
  • Taking a relaxed walk around the crown of the hill that the castle sits on; you will come across the remains of old defensive walls and buildings such as the Góntar Tower, the Pozo de la Nieve (a well in which snow was stored) and the Water Tower. Every section of the route boasts superb views.
  • Taking a walk around the castle area at dawn and dusk, as this is when you can often spot Spanish ibex.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Opening hours:

Summer: 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm; closed Monday.

Winter: 11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm; closed Monday and Tuesday.

Open on long holiday weekends, national holidays, Easter and Christmas (closed on the 25th of December and the 1st of January).

Tel.: 629 467 724 / 953 018 975



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