The Alora Castle (Arab Castle of Álora) is located in the Cerro de las Torres, in the municipality of Álora. From the outside (Mirador-Viewpoint) and from inside the castle you can enjoy breathtaking views of the fertile Guadalhorce Valley and the town of Álora.
The Alora Castle is composed of three walled enclosures with a different degree of conservation.
The first, with a substantially square fllor plan and approximate demensions of 33 x 37 meters, is made up of 6 cubic towers and their corresponding walls. Four of the towers are located in the corners of the enclosure and two in the center of the canvases northwest and southeast. Of the two towers in the center of the canvases, the one located to the northwest is the mausoleum of the Bootell family, which is why it is in a better state of conservation. The other tower, called the Arch of Entry (with a horseshoe arch), shows a strong degradation and was structurally consolidated in 2004.
The tower in the southern corner of the first enclosure (Torre del Homenaje), has also been restored. Except the tower in the Northeast corner, where an intervention is urgent given that its coronation is unprotected against atmospheric aggressions, the use as a cementery has caused that the rest of the towers of the first enclosure are protected at least in front of the most degrading.
The second enclosure, of irregular plant, connects with the first from the North and West towers and surrounds it by the North, East and South. Its perimeter is clearly defined by the remains of towers and walls that are still preserved. At its southern end is the Main Chapel of the primitive Parochial Church of Santa María de la Encarnación.
The third site, of which only specific emergent remains are preserved, was complemented by the second starting from the Northeast and Southwest extremes and advancing towards the urban center until completing a large fortified space. This defensive front is currently integrated into the buildings of the area closest to the urban village and is almos demolished in most of its layout.
The Cerro de las Torres Church 15th century
Raised within the walls of Las Torres Castle, this church was built in the 15th century. Nowadays, only the chancel, with a Gothic structure and a belfry, remains nearby. The site where the old church was located could have been the site of the original Mosque.
The church houses images that the people from Álora venerate at Easter time.