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Santa Catalina's Castle


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Phone number: 
953 12 07 33 / 953 19 04 55 (Tourist Office)

In the 9th century an old Caliphal- Islamic style fortress was built on the top of the hill of Santa Catalina. Centuries later, after the Christian Conquest of the city by Fernando III in 1246, a Christian castle, that remains today, was built. In the 19th century, due to the invasion of the Napoleonic troops, the castle was refurbished in order to reinforce the defensive structures. A National Parador was built in the 60s next to the castle. From the top of the hill one can enjoy fantastic views of the city and surroundings, especially from the Cross viewpoint. The fortress houses the new interpretation centre in which we can enjoy a historical tour throughout the castle.

Further information:

Check the content of the castle: history, photos, advance online ticket sales, face-to-face payment method,…from the NEW WEBSITE: 

Summer opening times, from 16th June to 15 September 2022:

-Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to  14.00 h and 17.00-21.00 h.
*Last access: 13,30h and 20.30 h 
-Sunday: from 10:00 h.  to 15:00 h. *Last access: 14,30 h. 
-Feast days and Sundays privious to a feast Monday: 10:00 to  14.00 h and 17.00-21.00 h.
-FREE ENTRANCE:  Wednesday from 17.00 h.  to 21:00 h. you can enter that evening only with prior reservation at
*Last access:  20.30 h.
According to  Law  of  Andalusian Historical Heritage 14/2007

Bus going up to Santa Catalina Castle

Every 90 minutes. Prices: €1,15.

From Friday to Sunday

There is a stop near the cathedral, at Ramon y Cajal Street.

Going up: Plaza de la Libertad, Avenida de Madrid 22, Baeza 4, Paseo de la Estación 15 and Caja Rural, Alamos, Ramon y Cajal, Senda de los Huertos, Juan Montilla, Circunvalación and Castle. Times: Friday: 16.00 h., 15.30 p.m. and 19.00 p.m; Saturday: 10.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 14.30 h, 16.00 h, 17.30 h., 19.00 h.; Sundays and feast days: 10.00, 11.30 h, 13.00 h., 14.30 h,  

Return bus: Castle, Circunvalacion, Juan Montilla, Senda de los Huertos, Fuente de Don Diego, Adarves Bajos, Virgen de la Capilla, Avenida de Madrid 8 y 22, Baeza 4, Paseo de la Estación 15 and Plaza de la Libertad. Times: Friday: 16.30 h., 18.00 h., 19.30 h.; Saturday: 10.30 h, 12.00 h, 13.30 h, 15.00 h, 16.30 h, 18.00 h and 19.30 h; Sunday and feast days: 10.30 h, 12.00 h, 13.30 h and 15.00 h.

See all stops here and hours:

Alsa Urban bus company 24 hour customer service telephone: 910 207 007 and 647 360 455

Further information:



You can purchase your tickets in advance at and with a credit card only at the ticket vending machine located at the entrance of the castle.


-Adults: € 3.50

-Groups of more than 10 people:  €2,50.

-Students, retired people and children € 1.50.


Covid-19 Protocol:

In places where there is not enough ventilation and you meet more people, the use of a mask is recommended.

Keep the  distance of 1.5 m from another person without a mask

The use of masks is recommended especially for those who are vulnerable to Covid-19.

Wash your hands frequently with a hydroalcoholic solution or soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing and touching or handling tissues or other potentially contaminated surfaces.

Please follow the directions of the staff

Thank you!!


Other Monuments opening  hours :


Autumn -Spring opening times from 16th  September 2022 to 15th June 2023:
-Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to  18.00 h. 
*Last access: 17,30h. 
-Sunday: from 10:00 h.  to 15:00 h. *Last access: 14,30 h. 
-FREE ENTRANCE:  Wednesday from 15.00 h.  to 18:00 h., you can enter that evening only with prior reservation only  at
*Last access:  17. 30 h.
According to  Law  of  Andalusian Historical Heritage 14/2007

Visit it  virtually here




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