Alcalá la Real’s most emblematic monument is the LA MOTA FORTRESS (National Monument), where the town was located until the 16th century. The LIFE ON THE FRONTIER VISITOR CENTRE can be found within its walls. Meandering through the streets of this ancient medieval town, you can discover the civil and religious buildings, such as the PRISON TOWER, the ALCAZABA citadel, the MAJOR ABBEY CHURCH, the PLAZA ALTA, the ancient neighbourhood EL BAHONDILLO and the NEVERO, an area used to store snow and food.
The town today reaches as far as the hillsides and is characterised by outstanding, sober spaces that make it truly unique: CALLE REAL, PLAZA DEL AYUNTAMIENTO (town hall square), the former market CASAS DE ENFRENTE, PILAR DE LOS ÁLAMOS FOUNTAIN, the ABBEY PALACE and EL LLANILLO main street. Furthermore, the LA CONSOLACIÓN, LAS ANGUSTIAS, SAN JUAN and EL SALVADOR churches and the LA ENCARNACIÓN convent are all exceptional examples of the town’s impressive sacred architecture.
The BARRIO DE LAS CRUCES is well worth a visit and stretches from the ECCE HOMO CHAPEL to the MIRADOR SAN JUDAS TADEO, which oers panoramic views over this typical Andalusian neighbourhood and where unforgettable sunsets can be admired.
The network of watchtowers of its surroundings have been preserved, part of the border system from the Late Middle Ages, connected to the fortress of La Mota.