The Castle „Castillo de Pliego“ in the province of Murcia used to be a marvelous castle with seven tours which helped to defend the imposing structure against enemies. Nowadays it is rather a ruin than a castle but still it offers a glimpse of how it could have looked like. Too, the view from up here is incredible.
The castle was declared as a cultural heritage. It is assumed that the structure has been built during the 12th century by Moors and then was passed over to Spanish owners. A small part has been restored to make it secure to visit.
The Castle “Castillo de Pliego” is situated in the valley if Mula in between mountains of the Espuña und Ricote. The city of Pliego was built by the Moors. Typical characteristics are the narrow alleys and Arabic walls present in the city. You can find many restaurant and tapas bars around.
Close to the castle is a car park where you can leave your car. The ascent is quite steep but the castle can be reached in about 10 minutes and you’ll have a beautiful view over Pliego and surroundings.
It was quite cloudy on the day we visited the castle but on the video you can see how the castle looks like and that the view would be even more fantastic with a clear sky. Nonetheless even on a cloudy day it is a nice visit with great hiking paths close by.
From Torrevieja it is about 100 kilometers and a good hour´s drive by car. You can either go up to Orihuela and continue in direction to Murcia or drive along the Costa Blanca until San Pedro del Pinatar and then continue in direction to Alcantarilla.
A visit to the Castle in Pliego can be combined well with other sights and tourist destinations in the area, for instance the waterfalls of Bullas, the natural reserve Sierra Espuna and the unique landscape of the Barrancos de Gebas.
Coordinates for the sat-nav: 37°59’27.1″N 1°29’52.8″W / 37.990865, -1.497995