Sohail Castle was built in AD 956 by Abd-ar-Rahman III to strengthen the coastal defenses. Later, in the 12th century, the Almoravids raised a defensive enclosure with an irregular floor plan, adapted to the slopes of the terrain.

In 1485 the Castillo de Sohail was occupied by the Christian armies battling against the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. From that time the military complex underwent an inevitable process of architectural reformation which led over time to its current appearance.

Shortly after the castle lost its military function and was disposed of by public auction. The change to civilian hands initiated a period of neglect which was only interrupted in the second half of the 20th century.

In 2000 the Town of Fuengirola renovated the ruins of the castle turning it into a tourist attraction and functioning space used for concerts and other festivals. Excavated stone ruins on public display at the western base of the hill on which the castle sits are dated back to before the Roman Republic occupied Fuengirola at least 300 BC.

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Founded: 956 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Derrick Davis (15 months ago)
Good venue lots to do concerts great like Jennifer Lopez, loads of great acts
Christiaan Verhoef (16 months ago)
No communication, information is literally posted on the front door. C'mon people it's the 21st century. I want to know if it's open before I get there! I've been coming to feungirola for 10 years and never saw the inside because it's always closed.
saman rahbar (16 months ago)
Beautiful old castle , def worth a visit and a walk around the park while visiting fuengirola
Dennis Norton (16 months ago)
Amazing venue for concerts just need to sort out the toilet situation.
simon fenelon (18 months ago)
Only appears to be open on Sundays due to the shows and events being held in and around it. A lot of work has been done in the last few years to conserve and restore, and it is possible to walk around the battlements and cannon battery. A bit of a climb but well worth the effort
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