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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san paulo (8 months ago)
Oddly enough we are Simply Red fans and had the chance to see them at the Castillo. Idyllic setting facing the sea. As a venue you can't beat it. Very clean serviced toilets however as always some queuing required. Bars outside the castle also good places for a drink.
smg (8 months ago)
An outstanding concert venue. It was really well organised with no queues at our entrance. Once inside there were plenty of food trucks, bars and good toilets. There was lots of space to sit around eating and drinking before the gig started and the bars stayed open afterwards.
Barry Heeks (10 months ago)
Nice medieval Fort ramparts a bit scary if you don't like heights. Good audio guide app available for android users
BRUNET Emelyne (10 months ago)
Went there for a run along the seaside and ended up running up for the view. Charming building, in opposition with all the new and “ugly” construction from the balnear touristic sea site … Nice view form top. Possible to walk around the castle. Too many works to be able to take also a walk in the park in front with the ruins. Could not visit as it was closed.
Tomasz Polcyn (12 months ago)
Good thing the entry is free. It's basically a empty shell of castle walls. We had a bit higher expectations.
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