Guadalmesi Watchtower – Tarifa
The pirates are coming!
This was the fhrase that nobody wanted to hear, but that was very frequent in the late sixteenth century. Felipe II reigned and there was a great insecurity provoked by the incursions of the Barbary pirates. For that reason he ordered a large battery of almenaras towers built on the coast.
In this time, concretely in 1588 began to construct the Guadalmesi Watchtower, in the mouth of the river Guadalmedina. The name derives from Guadamecie, women´s river.
The Guadalmesi Watchtower has a circular plant, cylindrical body, retains the corbels of a circular matacan and has a remarkable alambor in its base on plinth. In its interior there is a unique vaulted room and covered with the barbeta abocelado. A bocel surrounds the roof, marking the hight of the petril. It presents displays two doors-windows in its upper third, oriented one to the south, towerds the sea and another to the north, to the mountain range. Its hight is about fifteen meters. Its walls, of sillarejo, conserves rest of the plaster that covered it.