El Castillo de Fuengirola – Sohail Castle

El Castillo de Fuengirola

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Fuengirola Castle stage

Continuing the cultural journey of what to do around the area of Fairways la Cala golf, today we look at the nearby castle in Fuengirola. The Sohail Castle is about a 20 minute drive from Fairways. 

The castle was built in AD 956 by Abd-ar-Rahman III to strengthen the coastal defences. Excavated stone ruins on public display at the western base of the hill on which the castle sits date back to before the Romans occupied Fuengirola at least 300 BC. It sits at the mouth of the Fuengirola River, on a small isolated hill that rises 38 meters above sea level and in the centre of the Costa del Sol Highway. This makes it a lookout and a prominent focal point. The castle has a rich history, much of it well documented.

Fuengirola Castle views
Fuengirola Castle views

After the castle was no longer needed for its its military function, it proceeded to its public auction. The passage to civilian hands introduced it into a period of abandonment. Until the 1980s the castle continued this neglect. During recent years however, the local authorities have renovated the castle, and a local Workshop School have enabled it to be ideally used as a meeting place for the local community and as a space in which different cultural events can be celebrated turning it into a tourist attraction.

This recovery has been well received as evidenced by the attendance of many people, both local and visiting, to the events and concerts that are being held at the monument, including the City of Fuengirola Festival which has been held there for more than ten years. 

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Fuengirola Castle

The festival is a big event in the local social calendar, with many events taking place from May to September each year, attracting large audiences and the presence of personalities from the music and cultural world. Recent concerts held at the castle have included artists such as Sting, The Beach Boys, Simply Red, Jamie Cullum as well as regional and National artists. In 2018 we look forward to the main concerts featuring Santana (9th August 2018) and Ricky Martin (16th August 2018).

Sohail Castle wall Fuengirola
Sohail Castle wall Fuengirola

This is one of the many attractions you will find in and around Mijas Costa and Fuengirola, one of the areas StartGroup specializes in. StartGroup has the biggest portfolio of property for sale between Fuengirola and Marbella, as we have been established in Calahonda for more than a decade. Currently we can offer you around 500 resale properties and several new developments for sale. StartGroup is the exclusive agent for Fairways La Cala Golf which is a new development of front-line golf apartments, as well as the new development Jardinana which is located close to the beach in La Cala de Mijas.