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Zahara is a tiny town in a magnificent setting under a Moorish castle. During Moorish times, Zahara was contained within the fortified castle walls above today's town. It was considered the gateway to Granada and a strategic stronghold for the Moors. The story of the Spanish conquest of the Moors' castle is still told today. After the Spanish failed several times to seize the castle, a clever Spanish soldier noticed that the Moorish sentinel would toss a rock over the wall to check if any attackers were hiding behind it. If birds flew up, the sentinel figured that no people were there. One night a Spaniard hid there with a bag of pigeons and let them fly when the sentinel tossed his rock. Seeing the birds fly, the guard figured he was clear to enjoy a snooze. The clever Spaniard then scaled the wall, opened the door to let his troops in, and the castle was conquered. That was in 1482. Ten years later Granada fell, the Muslims were back in Africa, and the Spanish reconquest was complete. Today the castle is a scenic ruin, open to the public and offers a commanding view. Zahara itself, is an attractive little town worth a visit. The photos on this page can be viewed in our Slideshow.

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photo of Zahara, Spain
Zahara, Spain #9746


photo of Zahara, Spain
Zahara #9747


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Zahara, Spain #9753


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Zahara, Spain #9758


photo of the castle in Zahara, Spain
Zahara Castle #9761


photo of the plaza in Zahara-Spain
Zahara Castle #9762


photo of the view from Zahara Castle
Zahara Castle View #9770


photo of the view from Zahara Castle
View From Zahara Castle #9760


photo of a view from Zahara Castle
View From Zahara Castle in Spain #9764


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Zahara Castle
Zahara Castle View #9773


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