San Miguel Castle Almunecar Reviews
Extensive and interesting Apr 19, 2013
This is a most interesting castle, where quite a time is needed to appreciate it. Its history goes back to the first century BCE but obviously it was a pretty rudimentary affair. In Moorish times it acquired magnificence and after the reconquista it was even more heavily fortified. During the Napoleonic Wars it was occupied by the French and shelled by the British. Following this it became a cemetary, a role it kept unti the 1980s. (!!)
The Keep is the largest intact building and in it are three large screens with figures representing a Roman, A Muslim and a Christian. At the touch of a button they start to converse, arguing about the influence of each culture on the history of the castle (with English sub-tirles if required.)
Substantial parts of the Muslim walls still exist and there are frequent information boards about the history. There is a small museum in the castle but the ticket is a joint one for the castle and for the much larger archaeological museum a few minutes walk away.
Views both of and from the castle are very fine.
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