At the mouth of the Fuengirola river on a small isolated hill overlooking the beach sits the 12th century Castillo de Sohail. Standing at 38 meters above sea level the castle is a privileged look out point from which to view the Sierra de Mijas mountain range and the Fuengirola coastline.
Throughout history these strategic geographical conditions led to continuous settlement, including during the Phoenician and Roman periods. The earliest remains to be found on the site, most likely a fire tower, date back to the early 10th century Caliphate era, it wasn’t however until the 12 century when the Amoravids constructed the first defensive tower.
In 1485 the castle was occupied by the christian armies during the Catholic monarchs reconquest of southern Spain from the Nasrid kingdom of Granada. From this period the Castillo de Sohail went through a series of architectural developments leading to it’s current day appearance.
During the following years the castle fell into a period of neglect under the hands of civilian ownership. That was until the second half of the 20th century, when restoration works led to the recovery of the Fuengirola landmark which is now home to a series of cultural and musical events held inside the ancient walls each summer.
Just last month, in July, was the annual German beer festival (usually held in August) where visitors were able to enjoy typical German dishes along with various craft beers alongside live orchestras and entertainment activities.
During August you can visit Fuengirola medieval market offering all manner of handmade products along with activities such as archery and pony rides and a variety of entertainment including jugglers and minstrels.
During the last couple of summers Fuengirola castle has also hosted a series of Spanish and international concerts with artists such as Sting, UB40, Jamie Cullum, Santana and Ricky Martin entertaining revellers in the shadow of the ancient castle walls.
Fuengirola castle is open from 10:00 – 14:00 Wednesdays to Sundays and entry is free.