Alcala la Real has a population of approximately 21,000 and is located between Cordoba and Granada however it falls within the Jaen province.
The town has an impressive fortress which looks magnificent when illuminated during the evening. It was a strategic stronghold during medieval times, and subsequently occupied by the Moors in 713. Alcala la real has been the scene of frequent battles between the Moors and the Christians over the years and the presence of both is still apparent around the Town.
Today it is a thriving Town and its weekly market brings people in from surrounding villages in the area.
Located on the West side of the Sierra Sur region of the province of Jaen Alcaudete has a population of twelve thousand inhabitants and many historically important buildings.
The landscape from the Town is of rolling olive trees and a wealth of nature reserves. The via Verde, a new way of making use of the old abandoned railway passes through here and is ideal for walkers or cyclist.
The Moors built the first fortress during the 8th and 9th Century as protection, the castle seen there today was rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries by order of the Calatrava and boasts a commanding hilltop position. The church in front, the Santa Maria was build over the site of a Muslim mosque between the 15th and 17th Centuries and its two huge imposing doorways are decorated with huge columns.
This bustling little market Town has everything to offer that you could need with shops, banks, bars and restaurants with a weekly Saturday market rich in heritage.