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A visit to Vélez-Blanco Castle, Spain!


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Out early......destination was the Castle in Vélez-Blanco, Almeria!


Riding through Orce.......and then onto Maria crossing into the province of Almeria from Granada!


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Parked up at the foot of the Castle....I was the only one there!


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And here it is in the background!


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Now here's the story of the Castle itself! Culture Alert!


Castillo de Vélez-Blanco is located in the municipality of Vélez-Blanco, province of Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalucia, Spain.


It was built by Governor of Murcia, Pedro Fajardo, 1st Marquis of los Vélez, following his appointment as Marqués. He set the headquarters of his new dominion by undertaking the construction of the local castle on the remains of an ancient and important Islamic citadel. It is situated on a hill overlooking the town.


An important aspect of this castle is its huge tower, Torre del Homenaje, which is nearly 20 feet (6.1 m) high, an emblematic element of the castle and a symbol of the power over the dominion.


The stone structure, had wooden stairs, which could be removed in case of danger isolating the upper level as a last defense. There is a proliferation of decorative elements topping its battlements.


The building has been restored in stages during the second half of the 20th century, including the floors of the towers. In 1931, it was listed as a Bien de Interés Cultural monument.


Now some shots!


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And here's a backdrop of the castle on the way out!


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Perfect weather....24C and blue skies! And as usual, completely empty roads!

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October is one of the best months because the heat has subsided! July and August is only bearable if you're out and back before 11AM!


But bear in mind we get temperatures as low as -20 in the Winter because we're 3000 ft up! My Winter pics can be very deceptive!

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