Castillo de Doña Blanca is a tower built in the 15th or 16th century to watch the Cádiz bay. It is named after lady Blanca de Borbón, who was imprisoned there. 

The tower is built to the archaeological area. The remains of walls, necrópolis and parts of houses date from the eighth to the third century BC and were built by the Phoenicians. It is considered an ancient city with a significant development and urban planning, which shows the great power of this port city. The first traces of occupation in the mountains and around date back to the Copper Age.


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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Manuel Bernal (2 years ago)
Preciosas vistas de donde estuvo el mar.
Manuel Caño Delgado (2 years ago)
Restos arqueológicos aún en proceso de sacar a la luz. Muy interesante la visita para entender el nacimiento de El Puerto de Santa María.
Javier Junquera (2 years ago)
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NOELIA COBO GARCIA (2 years ago)
Una Loma hermosa, es recorrido es muy entretenido, bien conservado tanto las instalaciones como las zonas arqueológicas y tiene unas vistas muy bonitas.
remedan10 . (3 years ago)
La Torre formaba parte de una ermita construida en el enclave de Sidueña, en epoca almohade y recibe su nombre porque según tradición popular en ella fué encarcelada Doña Blanca de Borbón, esposa de Pedro I. Actualmente restaurada aunque no se puede visitar su interior, forma parte del Yacimiento Arquelogico excavado en el mismo entorno, que si se visita, y desde cuya colina se contempla El Puerto de Sta. Maria y gran parte de la Bahia de Cádiz.
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