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Strengths, wines and oils in Alcalá la Real and Baena

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The Abbey Major Church

Following the path of Paths of Passion, our tour took us to two small villages separated only by 48 km, but in different provinces: Alcalá la Real (Jaén) and Baena (Cordova).

I kept discovering an Andalusia unknown to me, where tradition and history mixed with the good food and goodness of its people.

Alcalá la Real, wines and La Mota Fortress

When we approached Alcalá la Real, a powerful construction was cut against the afternoon sky. It was about the Fortress of La Mota.

Located at the top of a hill, about 1,030 meters above sea level, it was ordered to be built by the second lord of the kingdom of Granada, Aben-abus Ben-Zeiri, towards the year 1000.

The fortress is a real complex that it had religious, administrative and government buildings, as well as commercial centers and in it the civil and ecclesiastical authorities resided.

We made a very complete visit that took us more than two hours and, thanks to the good work of the fantastic guides who accompanied us, helped us move to the era of splendor of the fortress.

We enter the complex through the entrepuertas area, the main access to the citadel where remains of the Albaicín neighborhood are found. There, under the imposing walls, our guide told us the story of one of the sieges of medieval times. The Christians had surrounded the Arabs of La Mota, besieging them with the intention of giving up by not having access to food and water.

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