Explore the Castles of Torrevieja & Costa Blanca
11th January 2021
Explore the history of the Costa Blanca through its many fascinating castles. Centuries of conquest by the Moors and the Christians led to the development of castles all over the Torrevieja area, making this corner of Spain an intriguing spot for history lovers.
According to the Anything But Paella blog, there are approximately one hundred castles waiting to be discovered in the Costa Blanca area. So many castles were built over the centuries here, that numerous “castle routes” have been developed across the region, which history aficionados and sight-seers can follow to explore the many castles which litter the local landscape. Follow the Tudmir route to visit castles local to Torrevieja.
If you’d like to delve into the story of the Torrevieja area, we’ve hand-picked some castles which will introduce you to the region’s past:
1. Guadalest Castle (El Castell de Guadalest)
Located an hour and half’s drive north of Torrevieja, Guadalest Castle is located in a town billed as “one of the most beautiful in Spain.” Dating from the 11th century, this stunning castle stood throughout the Muslim era, and survived the Christian conquest of the 13th century. The castle was gifted by the crown to a number of noble families in the region over the centuries and became the seat of the Marquis of Guadalest. Situated high on a rocky outcrop above the charming town of Guadalest, the castle complex includes the ruined castle and a number of other historic buildings dating from later periods.
2. Guardamar Castle (El Castell de Guardamar del Segura)
To discover a little history closer to Torrevieja, drive 15 minutes north of the town to visit Guardamar. Although the castle no longer stands, its foundations show how impressive this historic structure once was. Built by the Christians in the 13th century, the castle stood until 1829, when it was destroyed by earthquakes. A town complex once existed inside the castle walls, with streets and squares clustered about the castle itself. A trip to Guardamar offers visitors a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
3. Monteagudo Castle (Castillo de Monteagudo) [pictured]
Away from the Tudmir route, just under an hour’s drive east of Torrevieja, lies the magnificent Monteagudo Castle. Located 5km north of the city of Murcia, this historic building sits atop a rocky outcrop and is topped by a 14-metre-tall figure of Christ, which was added to the structure in 1951. First built under Islamic rule in the early 11th century, the castle has passed through the hands of many conquistadors and rulers, with many of its walls and towers surviving to this day.
Castles on the doorstep: Towers close to Torrevieja
Looking for historic sites a little closer to Torrevieja? Take a trip to some of these smaller, local sites. Many of these historic spots could be visited on the same day, if you’re in the mood for a road trip through history. Check out:
- Torre Cap Cerver o del Moro (located in Torrevieja itself)
- Torre de la Mata
- Castillo de Ayala
- Palacete de Cox
- Castillo de Callosa de Segura
- Las murallas de la Ciudad de Orihuela
- Torre del Cap Roig
- Torre de La Horadada
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