Castles

CASTILLO DE SOHAIL, FUENGIROLA

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Sohail Castle is perched on a hill on the estuary of Fuengirola River. Built by the Moors on the site of an old Roman Fortress, it was one of the first to be built during the Moorish invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. The castle itself is polygonal in shape with narrow towers at its corners. The main entrance to the castle is through a ramp leading to the defensive gate tower built in the 16th century.  seven days a week between 10am – 9pm. Further information can be obtained from the Fuengirola Tourist Office Tel: (0034) 952 467 625.

LOCATION: Located alongside the N340 highway as you approach Fuengirola from the Cadiz direction

COLOMARES CASTLE, BENALMADENA PUEBLO

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Built by Esteban Martin and local bricklayers between 1987 and 1994, this castle pays homage to Christopher Colombus and the discovery of America. Offering Byzantine, Roman, Gothic and Mudejar architectural styles it also has what is believed to be the smallest church in the world and features in the Guinness Book of Records. It is open 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm (later in spring and summer). Price is €2 for adults and €1.30 for kids.

LOCATION:  Benalmadena Pueblo

GIBRALFARO CASTLE, MALAGA

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This castle is the best observation tower in Malaga and offers a spectacular view of the whole city. The fortress was built in the 14th century and was initially used to defend Alcazaba and at some point also used as a coastal lookout. The interior of the castle was at some point a mosque and inside is a 40m deep well – the Pozo Airon. Cost is €2-€3 per ticket.

LOCATION: Camino de Gibralfaro, Malaga

LA DUQUESA CASTLE, MANILVA

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Duquesa Castle or Sabinillas Fortress as it is also known was built in 1767 to defend the area from the continual pirate invasions. A resident of Seville, Francisco Paulino, financed the construction and the King compensated him by placing him in command of a cavalry company. The engineer Miguel del Castillo was in charge of the design and execution of the project. Today it offers a delightful view of the coast and is also the venue for various events.

LOCATION: Accessed via N340 and then A377 Manilva.

MOORISH CASTLE, GIBRALTAR

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Originally built in 1160 the Moorish Castle was ransacked by the Spanish between 1309 – 1333. This ‘Tower of Homage’ was rebuilt in the 14th century by Abu-l-Hasan and today you can visit the inside of the recently restored castle, wonder at those 14th century walls and marvel at the feats of Gibraltar’s first city builders, the Moors. Located at the Northern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve just below the World War II Tunnels, and Great Siege Tunnels. To enter you will need to buy a Nature Reserve entrance ticket which will also give you access to other sites with in the Nature Reserve including St Michael’s Cave and the Great Siege Tunnels.

LOCATION: Gibraltar