Day Trip from Córdoba: Castillo de Almodóvar del Río

One of the great things about living in Europe, as any expat will tell you, is the fact that some of the most beautiful places in the world are cheaply and easily accessible. I’m speaking as someone who flew to Italy for €40 round trip two years ago. That’s all well and good, yes, but sometimes we get so caught up in wanting to jet off to far-flung foreign lands that we often forget what we have in our own backyard.

For example, take the humble little town of Almodóvar del Río. (“Where?”) Exactly, but don’t knock it till you see it for yourself. The historic village just half an hour outside of Córdoba teems with history, especially its most imposing monument: the awe-inspiring castle towering over the town.

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain
*starts singing Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill”*

Look familiar? If you’ve seen Game of Thrones, it probably does. The castle’s recent claim to fame was its status as a season 7 filming location.


I’m a fan of the show, but the stunning structure is so much more than Highgarden. In fact, it dates back to Spain’s Moorish days—the 8th century—and, remarkably, looks much the same as it originally did thanks to careful restorations in the early 20th century.

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

Castle Almodovar 4

Castle Almodovar 2

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

Its strategic location overlooking the Guadalquivir River made it essential to ensuring the safety of powerful nearby Córdoba. The castle also boasts nine towers, all of which offer incredible views of the village of Almodóvar and the surrounding countryside.

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

There’s even an Excalibur sword in a stone! (We were unsuccessful in pulling it out.)

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

As far as Game of Thrones goes, the castle was only used for exterior shots. The famous “tell Cersei” scene, which takes place at Highgarden, was actually filmed on a soundstage that was created to look like the castle’s interior.


However, that doesn’t mean the actual interior of the castle isn’t worth checking out. Be sure to get a picture out on the famous balcony, too.

balcony Almodovar Castle

Castle Almodovar inside

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, SpainInterior Almodovar Castle 2

So many people never stay longer than a day in Córdoba itself, opting to tack it on as a day trip from Seville or Granada. But the Castillo de Almodóvar is proof that there’s so much more to experience in this gem of a region. Give yourself an extra day here in Córdoba to drive out to the castle or one of the other many beautiful surrounding villages—I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Game of Thrones has filmed at some seriously beautiful destinations in Spain. Take Highgarden, which is actually the Castillo de Almodóvar just outside Córdoba. This magnificent castle will take your breath away!

Author: lindseyzimmerman

I'm a marketing pro, writer and cat person from Columbus, Ohio living in southern Spain since 2015. Usually drinking manzanilla, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once).

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