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Castles in Málaga, Estepona Monuments

Nicio Castle

Castles in Málaga, Estepona Monuments

Nicio Castle Estepona

The Nicio Castle is located in the Padron Alto, near the Castor and the Padrón rivers, in the Andalusian municipality of Estepona, Málaga province.

The Nicio Castle is part of a primitive Bastulo village would be rebuilt by the Romans and later by the Arabs, at the Taifa time.

The castle is a fortress from the Taifa period, has the arrogant character that characterizes all of this coast, Almería and Granada, which were the last holdouts who gave to Christianity. Only a few remains of the ancient walls remain, on which are erected houses of the population.

More about the Castle

It is located at a height of 337 meters above sea level, in a very steep area with steep slopes on the southern slopes of Sierra Bermeja. It allows you to contemplate the Strait of Gibraltar and visually links with the Castle of Montemayor, about 10 km to the west.

It is a fortress without parallel in the province and does not match other fortresses of its time. It has a quadrangular plan tending to a rectangle with irregularities to adapt to the topography. Its perimeter is around 340 meters and occupies an area of ​​around 3700 square meters. It presents a single enclosure with traces of a very dense habitat inside. Its factory is made up of two rows of well-cared limestone masonry bonded with a very pure lime mortar and a gravel filler, preserving the original plaster at the joints. There are hardly any bricks and there is a total absence of rammed earth. The walls are between 1 and 1.5 meters thick, and on the north side they have reached a height of 5 meters. They do not preserve evidence of battlements, but two stairways leading up to the walkway have been preserved. On the walls 11 towers were arranged, almost all of them rectangular except for a square of 3 x 3 meters. A cylindrical albarrana tower could have been placed in the northwest corner. No evidence of a cistern or other hydraulic works has been preserved on the surface (SÁNCHEZ MAIRENA, 2004: 16-18).

Only some remains of the old walls remain, on which the houses of the population are built. On both sides of its coast, it structures a defensive belt with the Bath watchtower and the ruins of the San Luís castle, and some towers, among which the Vault tower stands out. With regard to conservation, it is in progressive ruin. Recently, a lane was made that crosses the fortress, breaking its angles in two, in one of them a square closing tower collapsed, and in the other, one of the sections of the east wall.

Fortress | Military Activity | Archaeological Site

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  1. Fernando Madueño Mena escribio:

    Hola muy buenas. Soy vecino de Estepona y la verdad que el estado de la fortaleza es de pena, e estado varias veces allí y me parece un sitio precioso pero mi padre me contó que antes de que vinieran los cristianos los árabes que vivian y protegían el lugar enterraron la piel de un toro llena de oro solo es uno historia para niños estaría bien que se preocuparan y la arreglaran es una pena que se siga deteriorando y desaparezca. gracias. Un saludo

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