San Juan de las Águilas Castle

Aguilas, Spain

San Juan de las Águilas Castle dates from the 18th century, although its origins go back to the Carthaginian period. After the expulsion of the Arabs, the castle was abandoned.

Its reconstruction was tackled at a later date but not quite successfully until King Charles I of Spain (1530) ordered, by Royas Decree, ist rebuilding with the aim of guarding the coastal strip between Vera and Mazarrón, which was threatened by Turkish and Algerian raids. The building work on this castle was tackled again in 1579, under the reing of Philip II. The Torre de las Aguilas (The Eagles Tower) was built in this period. Its last remodelling would be undertaken under Charles III (in the 18th century), who decided to extend the fortress due to the town's incresing population and the constant Berber attacks to which the port and its population were subjected.

This new remodelling turned it into one of the best fortified castles of this period.Currently, there are very few remains of the splendour of this fortress. A coat of arms, where Castile¿s lions might be represented, can still be observed in one of the preserved façades. Recent excavations have revealed underground passages in the surrounding area, which, according to popular beliefs, used to connect this castle with another fortress of the municipality, the Castle of Tébar. In addition to the fortress, also of tourist interest is the panoramic sight of the city of Aguilas that can be admired from its location.It was restored in 2007 and opened as a museum in 2009.



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Aguilas, Spain
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Founded: 18th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Edwin Brauns (12 months ago)
Nice , clean castle ?a lot of stairs
Brian Cross (17 months ago)
Small castle but on a hill with great views all round. Only €2 entrance. There is a lift but it wasn't working when we were there. It closes for lunch at 1:30, last ticket sold 30 minutes before closing. It's a long walk up if you get there too late! Pensioners are free entrance!
kasper fens (2 years ago)
For €2 you can get great views of the city.
Rob Mimi (2 years ago)
Interesting place, good view
Felix Capili (2 years ago)
Great view of the beach, port and of whole Aguilas from the castle.
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