Santa Cruz Fortress

La Guardia, Spain

Santa Cruz Fortress was built during the Portuguese Restoration War (1664) to defend La Guardia against Portuguese army. It was however conquered a year later and was held by Portuguese troops until 1668. It was then demolished due the terms of peace treaty. It was then left abandoned until restored in 2013.


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Founded: 1664
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Sara Martinez (6 months ago)
Very well preserved wall and interior as well. The space is very large and is divided into several areas. You can enter with dogs even if they have to be leashed, as it should be in all places. There are very good views to take photos.
Xanela (xanela) (8 months ago)
What we find is the fortress, the castle as such, is currently the interpretation center that is currently closed and that looks like a house, the whole interpretation center breaks the aesthetics of the fortress complex. The historical-artistic complex is preserved in quite good condition, and has been rehabilitated on several occasions. In good weather it has very beautiful views. It is accessible to people with reduced mobility in part of the route, the sides have stairs throughout its route and some ramp. It has some interesting flora specimens
FELIPE ABAD ABAD (2 years ago)
It is a fort. In poor condition and not very well signposted.
Guillermo Castro (2 years ago)
The wonder of the Guard
Guillermo Castro (2 years ago)
The wonder of the Guard
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