Castillo Templario


Blessed with fine panoramas from its elevated walls, Fregenal de la Sierra's 13th-century castle houses a grand 18th-century bullring. Enter through the adjacent tourist office. From 8am to 2pm Tuesday and Friday, there's a lively market within the castle's grounds.

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