San Miguel Castle Almunecar Spain

San Miguel Castle (St. Michael’s Castle) is perched high upon the hill above the Old Town of Almuñécar.  It is surrounded by the whitewashed houses in the barrio of San Miguel.  This occupies the land once used by Phoenicians and Romans.   It was also used in the Nasrid period for the dungeon.  While not a huge castle, it is in very good condition.  Inside there is a small museum with a scale model of what the area once was.

The castle structures are of the Muslim period, as became the retreat of the Moorish dynasty XIII.  At the end of the reign of the Catholic King Ferdinand, 16th century, more was added (the moat, the drawbridge and the front entrance with its four round towers).  During the war of independence against the French, it suffered the bombing of the British troops.  The ruins later became used as a Christian cemetery, until mid S.XX.

Do take the time to explore the castle and enjoy the amazing 360 views from the top.  You will also enjoy the small museum area under ground.  This is a very economical outing and be sure to meander the streets of San Miguel Barrio when you are done.

To access the castle you may walk up from most of the side streets within old town.  The main access would be along the entrance near San Cristobal Beach.  You may walk up the road, just along the backside of Majuelo Botanical Park.

San Miguel Castle    (Castillo San Miguel)  Tel.:+34 650 027 584

Prices:     General: €2,35     Children: €1,60     Retired persons: €1,60     Groups: €1,30

Hours:
Closed Mondays
Hours vary during each season.  Please contact the Castle directly for current hours.

Winter
Tuesday to Saturday          Sunday
10:00 AM to 1:30 PM          10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Summer
Tuesday to Saturday          Sunday
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM          10:30 AM to 2:00 PM
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Heidi

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at http://wagonersabroad.com