Castillo de Santa Ana

Roquetas de Mar, Spain

The castillo de Santa Ana, also known as Castillo de Las Roquetas, is a fortification built between the 16th and 17th centuries, located in the town of Roquetas de Mar which was used for refugee to the inhabitants who lived near the port. It has an oblong shape. Near the castle there is a lighthouse.

The 1804 earthquake destroyed most of the structure, and only survived one of the towers and the raised level area, which has been conserved and recovered.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Jay Lamb (2 years ago)
Expecting a sea fort? It’s more of a gallery... but this is not a bad thing! Photographs of locality and historical significance are great. The views from the roof are also pretty great. Easy parking (free) nearby and no entry cost. The usual opening hours (closed for siesta which we heard people complaining about!) so plan your trip. Could do with a cafe? Though there are a few nearby and shops too.
Sarah Cranie (2 years ago)
Lovely views looking over the bay. Certain times of the day the fort is open for you to look round, they also hold medievial market certain times of the year which has lots of interesting things to buy.
Martin Roberts (2 years ago)
Great place to visit and explore history of rocquetta and then walk back next to the beach. Definitely worth going in evening
Jonathan Winston (2 years ago)
Surprising little gem in the heart of Roquetas de mar. Free entry, lots of interesting exhibits, which are nicely laid out - very little in English, but easy to get the gist of what the display is about. Winding staircase through maritime exhibit to top of castle, with lovely shoreline views. In the evenings a large number of concerts in the hall below. Well worth a visit.
Shaun (2 years ago)
If you visit nearby Spain then it's a nice stop off point during a beach walk to grab some much needed shade. This is an old fort i believe dating back to 1700s however it is very modern inside and to be fair, it looks great!! It is now an art gallery with plenty of pictures and quirky art pieces and to top it off, it's free to get in!! You can also go up to roof and have a good view out to sea and across the harbour. Its not huge so plan this in as a minor pit stop. Oh.. and there's a nice Amphitheatre outside too :)
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