Torrestrella Castle

Medina-Sidonia, Spain

Torrestrella Castle was built in the 13th century. It was built in to the rocky hilltop and was used by local bandits in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Medina-Sidonia, Spain
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Donovan Allphin (21 months ago)
It has been years since I visited this site, but it is located on a hilltop surrounded by private property. At the time there were lots of cattle that were not friendly. Because of the location and the difficulty in reaching it this castle ruin is very undisturbed and you feel as if you have taken a time warp back in time. The castle itself is crumbling but there are still some cool things to explore. The views are amazing and the solitude is almost haunting. While walking through the ruins you can almost hear the voices of the ghosts of those who once called this outpost home. If you are looking for adventure and don't mind dodging some cattle, this is a great place to visit.
Juan Sánchez Trillo (2 years ago)
Muy interesante.
Juan Sánchez Trillo (2 years ago)
Very interesting.
Stephan Wöbbeking (3 years ago)
Man kann dort nicht hin, es liegt auf Privatgrund...
Stephan Wöbbeking (3 years ago)
You can't go there, it's on private property ...
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