Almodóvar comes from the Arabic word al-Mudawwar, which means "the round". This term clearly alludes to the hillside the castle stands on. In the 8C, a fortress already existed from the time of Muslim domination. Almodóvar belonged to several kingdoms of taifas before finally being reconquered by Ferdinand III of Castile in 1240. The current castle, erected in the 14C in the Gothic style, is one of Andalusia's most important on account of its well-preserved state and beauty. Restored in the early 20C, it encompasses a neo-Gothic residence. It offers magnificent views of the river and Córdoba's countryside.