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Sohail Castle

Get a sense of Fuengirola’s long history at its most iconic landmark, a 10th-century castle that now houses a museum and hosts regular festivals. 

Sohail Castle is by far the most recognizable symbol of Fuengirola. Perched on a hill overlooking the sea, this imposing landmark has stood in the same place for over a thousand years, despite being partially demolished and rebuilt multiple times during this period. Visit it to take in stunning views of the city and the sea, to learn about its history in the small museum located inside or to attend one of the festivals regularly held in its grounds. 

Although the castle was originally built at the end of the 10th century, much of the structure still in place today is more recent. In the late 15th century, when Christian forces took the castle from the Moors, the landmark was seriously damaged in the process. This was just one of many attacks the castle has faced throughout its history. It would later be subject to repeated invasions by pirates, and was occupied by Napoleon’s army in 1810. 

After spending much of the 20th century in decline, the castle was restored in 1989. Visit nowadays and you will see how successful the restoration project was. The castle looks very much as it did in its heyday many centuries ago. 

Make your way up to the top of the hill to take fantastic photos of El Castillo Beach below and the bright blue sea beyond. Venture into the small museum inside the castle to get an overview of the building’s history and how it fits in with Fuengirola more widely.

Try to visit one of the festivals held in this atmospheric place if you get the chance. Travel back in time at the Medieval Market, or cool down with a refreshing drink at the Beer Festival. 

Find Sohail Castle to the southwest of the downtown area of the city. Walk there in just over half an hour from the central Plaza de la Constitución, or drive and park your car in the lot next to the castle. Note that entry to the museum is free.


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