A little pedestrian only road spirals up the hill from there past short homes all stuck together with a variety of painted doors and shutters being the only decoration. The entrance to the castle is through another small building where you enter, buy tickets, then climb the stairs inside the building to come out on the second floor where there is access out the back to the stone steps up to the castle.
The swallows are going crazy this time of year. Flocks swarm around Almansa’s castle like daytime bats tucking into small holes in the outside castle walls. They are pretty and fun to watch, but hundreds of birds means babies and a few fatalities. We saw several dead baby birds here including one cradled on the back of the stone swan below.
The castle was built by the Moors in the 12th century, then taken by the Christians in the 13th. It grew, changed, and passed hands a lot through the years as Almansa stands at the crux of several regions, but even now almost 900 years from its beginning, large portions of the castle still stand.
You can climb the spiral stone staircase to the very top of the tower for a view of the surrounding area, hills lined with windmills almost faded completely in the distance, brownish green fields, then more hills. The Almansa castle is an oasis in a land of windmills. It’s another Spanish bargain at 3 euros/adult and only 2/child.
From the castle you can see the church below and the square around it where there are several cafes to choose from and a beautiful Ayuntamiento. The best views are from a distance, so do stop outside of the town for a photo op before getting on the motorway and zooming to your next destination.
My Experience: http://estrogenpalace.blogspot.com/2010/06/almansa.html