Águila Castle

Gaucín, Spain

The archaeological remains found near the Águila Castle seem to confirm the presence of a pre-islamic population, maybe from the Roman Age.

Apparently in 914 the inhabitants of the fort looked like emirales troops burned the city of Algeciras ships that supported the revolt on Ibn Umar Hafsun, in any case the construction of the castle had to be early to be this hard hit area by Berber rebellions and Mozarabic.

The castle was restored in 1839 after it was conquered by French army in 1810. It was however badly damaged in the explosion in 1842.

The Águila Castle is the most representative monument in Gaucin, from the fortress you can see stunning views, in a clear day you can even see the North of Africa.

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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Newsham (3 months ago)
It's Nice. Bring walking shoes.
Simon Phillips (12 months ago)
A wonderful site on a perfect location for a castle and now as a super high vantage point to see the wonderful surrounding landscape and even Gibraltar, maybe even Africa on a clear day
Laimonas Guiga (13 months ago)
If you visiting Gaucin or somewhere nearby, I do really recommend to visit this castle. The entrance is free and you will get an incredible views from the top of the tower. You can park the car close to the cemetery and you will need to walk uphill to reach the castle.
Andy OGrady (14 months ago)
Good walk up to the castle with excellent views all the way and a magnificent 360 vista from the top of the Moorish tower.
Greg Juckeston (18 months ago)
If you are in or near Gaucín, this is a must. The views from the top are beyond comparison, panoramic across the Serrania de Ronda to Gibraltar and Africa. The castle itself is interesting, there's not much info about it but you can find out more online.
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