Castle of Santiago was built in the second half of the 15th century by the 2nd Duke of Medina Sidonia. It was not designed for military or surveillance purposes. Therefore, it can be considered as a demonstration of power of the Duchy. Throughout its history, it has functioned as a ducal fortress and barracks. After almost a century of neglect and suffering serious damage from a fire, it was completely remodelled.



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


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Clive Savigar (4 years ago)
Excellent venue for a wedding catering and service first class
Beverly Ubaldo (4 years ago)
Beautiful place to visit!!
B. L. S. (4 years ago)
Beautiful castle in Sanlúcar with interesting history. It costs about €8-€9 per person and they give you the handheld “tour guide” to use while you’re there. You’re prompted by signage to press the applicable number for the area you are walking through and the guide tells you all about it. We went around noon and there was only a few other people there, however parking was still difficult, so I imagine the earlier you get there, the better. My favorite part was the view from the top of the lord’s tower and the mermaid door.
Valentín Guzmán García (5 years ago)
Great u gotta pay to go in tho
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