It is virtually impossible to drive along the road between Zubillaga and Fontecha in the southwestern part of Añana, without noticing the grandiose Tower-Palace of the Orgaz de Fontecha family.
With its 25-meter high tower built in ashlar stone, a palace and a section of wall built in the late 14th or early 15th century standing high on a hill, it looks as though it came out of a fairytale.
This architectural complex was crucial to the Salinas de Añana - Puentelarrá salt route, used to distribute salt to Castile and Bizkaia. It belonged to the Hurtado de Mendoza family and these, although from Álava, constructed it very much in the style of Castilian strongholds. In the 16th century the Hurtado de Mendoza family became the Counts de Orgaz.
Visits to the tower are only available within a scheduled excursion programme from April to October More information at the Añana Tourist Office (Salinas de Añana)