Castillo de Almodovar del Rio. with its impressive silhouette seen from a long distance, the castle stands majestically on a hilltop looking over the flat valley of Rio Guadalquivir. Worth a visit. From Cordoba take motorway A431 to (signposted) Almodovar del Rio, drivetime approximately less than 30 minutes. Palma de Rio, (population around 21.000) nicely located more or less halfway between Sevilla and Cordoba. Ideal for combining a visit to Almodovar Castle and an overnight stay in Palma de Rio.
Here is a link to Castillo del Almodovar’s website is full of information, activities, how to get there. Tickets online service as well.
The castles origins date back to Roman times. The actual construction, however, was built by the Arabs in 760. Under the rule of Fernando III it came to the Christians in 1240, and under Pedro I and Enrique II it even served as a royal residence. Later the fortress was handed to the knightly order of Calatrava and then to the order of Santiago. Finally, in 1903 the Earl of Torralva, then the owner, began restoring the castle. These efforts lasted until 1936. Therefore, the historic structure is amazingly well-preserved even today.
Image Español: Monasterio de San Francisco, Palma del Río (España).Fecha 24 de Abril de 2013, 15:14. Fuente Palma del Rio Autor Wolfgang Manousek from Dormagen, Germany
Palma del Rio
It is known from archaeological remains that there was life in the city during the prehistoric era, with the first news provided by written sources dating from the Arab period, specifically the year 855. The then urban nucleus was called Balma, relatively small and territorially integrated into Itálica province.
The castle and wall were built during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, respectively, with the clear objective of protecting the town from increasingly frequent attacks by Christians. In the thirteenth century (the year 1241), the final conquest of the municipality was led by troops commanded by Don Alonso, Infante de Molina, under the orders of his brother, King Fernando III. From this moment, the territory was under the administrative influence of the Council of Córdoba.
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This photograph is part of the Fonds André Cros, preserved by the city archives of Toulouse and released under CC BY-SA 4.0 license by the deliberation n°27.3 of June 23rd, 2017 of the Town Council of the City of Toulouse.
one of Spain’s most famous matadors was born here in Palma del Rio. In his early biography (Or I’ll Dress You In Mourning) El Cordobes gives a powerful picture of his early life in Palma del Rio and the despairing hardship that followed the end of the civil war. Visit Casa Museo Manuel Benítez “El Cordobés”The Museum shows the life of the bullfighter Manuel Benítez “El Cordobés”, an informative and entertaining attraction that enables visitors to enjoy the contents and an experience. Located on Calle Ancha.
A good Night sleep in Palma de Rio
Stay in a converted to a 36 bedroom hotel that once was a Franciscan monastery on which construction began in 1492, during the year of the discovery of America, under the orders of the VII Lord of Palma del Rio.
Booking.com Hotel Monasterio de San Francisco.
If you prefer self-catering Booking.com Apartamentos las Palmeras, with walking distance to the town center. Air-conditioning and Free WiFi.
Booking.com Casa San Jose features Andalucian traditional courtyard, attractive garden, and a seasonal outdoor pool. All rooms with air-conditioning, balcony, and free WiFi. Casa San Jose’s lounge includes a library and fireplace. Good location situated in Palma de Rio’s old quarter.