Its name comes from "Qalat al-horra" whose meaning is not clearly defined by experts, but it seems clear that refers to a defense tower. This town, "Puerta de la Alpujarra" has had great historical significance which is reflected in the defensive walls of its impressive castle. Phoenicians, Visigoths, Arabs and Christians have inhabited the land which resulted in a great cultural mix.
The castle is one of the first Italian Renaissance castles outside Italy. It was also the first time in Andalucia these architectural features where displayed. The castle was constructed between 1509 and 1512 on the site of a former Moorish fortification. It combines three different constructive and stylistic trends: the Spanish defensive architecture, purest Renaissance and Mudejar. The result is in its appearance a fortress and exquisite and intimate palace inside.
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La Calahorra (37°10′46″N 3°03′44″O)
Altitude: 1192 meters
Population: 748 inhabitants (2014)
Distance to Granada: 75 km
Distance to the beach: 75 km (Adra)
Distance to Airport Malaga: 208 km
Distance to Airport Granada: 89 km
Touristic level: low - medium - high
Authentic level: low - medium - high