Almuñécar Castle – San Miguel Castle

Almuñécar Castle – San Miguel Castle

The most famous historic site on the area. Perched on the San Miguel Hill, with commanding views of Almuñécar, this Arab stronghold occupies a site once utilized by Phoenicians and Romans, evident from various historical sources and remnants of Roman constructions. The castle’s architecture distinctly reflects its Moorish origins, having served as a retreat for the Nasrid dynasty during the 13th century. In the later years of King Ferdinand’s reign in the 16th century, defensive enhancements including a moat, drawbridge, and an imposing entrance façade with four circular towers were added. The castle endured bombardment during the War of Independence against the French by English forces, leaving it in a state of disrepair. It later functioned as a Christian cemetery until the mid-20th century. Notably, a neoclassical pavilion, seemingly unrelated to the castle’s design and possibly constructed in the 18th century, now houses the City Museum.

Visiting hours:
From April 1st to June 30th and from September 16th to October 30th:
Tuesday to Saturday
10am – 1:30pm / 5pm – 7:30pm
Sunday 10am – 1pm

From July 1st to September 15th:
Tuesday to Saturday
10am – 1:30pm / 6:30pm – 9pm*
Sunday 10am – 1:00pm

From November 1st to March 31st
Tuesday to Saturday
10am– 1:30pm / 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Sunday 10:00am – 1pm

Note: Ticket office closes 30 minutes before the castle’s closing time.

Admission fee: 4 euros. Children and pensioners 2,5 euros.


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