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The fragility of the earlier defence systems in the protection of the coast and the maritime trade became apparent halfway through the 18th century. In 1764 Charles III proclaims a regulation that determines the necessity to design new buildings, a task entrusted to José Crame, who was at that time Director Engineer of the coast of the Kingdom of Granada.


The castle of Guardias Viejas corresponds with the prototype of batteries for four 24 pounder cannons. In 1769 they started its construction close to the sea. However, shortly after it was destroyed by the English during the Peninsular War, being reconstructed in 1817.

The construction of the building consists of a quadrangular floor around a courtyard for arms, from where you access the semicircular battery. Two turrets flank the battery with an external fortification made up by two half triangular-shaped bastions. The courtyard for the arms gave access to the rooms on the inside, covered by half-barrel vaults on top of masonry walls and ashlars in the corners. Access to the fortress was achieved by crossing a drawbridge over an open moat across from the main entrance.

The castle has been restored by the City Council and is open to the public. It houses a permanent exhibition on military uniforms and weapons of the era as well as models of coastal fortresses.

Location: Village of Guardias Viejas.

Visiting hours:

September and october

From Tuesday to Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday - Holidays: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed on Monday

Entrance: Free..

Telephone: +34 950 54 10 06.

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