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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Alisa (3 months ago)
Loved it. Be prepared for a reasonably steepish climb. There are two entrances, doesn't matter which one you choose take your time, it's worth it. Also make time to visit the church up there. Interesting architectural reliefs.
suzana r (4 months ago)
Such a beautiful place. So nice and clean. The views are stunning. Free to visit.
Alexander K (5 months ago)
Absolutely magical, wild romantic place
Laimonas Guiga (7 months ago)
If you're in Gaucin or the vicinity, I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to this castle. The best part? Entrance is absolutely free, and your reward for the climb is an awe-inspiring panoramic view from the tower's summit. To reach the castle, simply park your car near the cemetery and prepare for a scenic uphill walk that leads you to this historical gem.
Andrew Cottee (2 years ago)
View from the castle are awesome. Possible to see Gibraltar and across the Straits to Morocco on a clear day
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