Fortified offering in Huercal Overa

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STRONGHOLD: Huercal-Overa’s castle.

HUERCAL-OVERA castle, in reality a 14th century watchtower, is to ramp up its efforts to ensnare visitors this summer, as its opening hours have been extended, with the monument now open between 7pm and 9.30pm Monday to Thursday.

The ancient structure is one of the town’s most popular attractions, with thousands having entered its almost entirely modified walls since its restoration was completed in 2012.

Its emblematic design has featured in advertising campaigns and documentaries, while it was recently nominated for the prestigious Aga Khan architectural awards.

One of the most important discoveries made during the makeover was a decorative element known as ‘The Tree of Life’ inside a third-floor wall, which is considered to be a iconographic representation of the universe according to Islamic philosophy, and is among the few decorative examples residing in Spanish castles, along with that in Gibralfaro castle in Malaga.

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