Punta de la Mona Watchtower
Punta de la Mona Watchtower – Almuñecar
The Punta de la Mona Watchtower is accessed from La Herradura (Almuñecar) by the Camino de la Torre (street) until you reach it and return by the same road as it is a dead end street. Once in this place you can also return to La Herradura taking the Camino de la Ermita (street) and so you take the opprtunity to see the small hermitage (ermita) that is surrounded by pine trees a few meters from the Punta de la Mona Watchtower.
The Punta de la Mona Watchtower is a buildin of Arab period. It has a frustoconical shape and circular plant of 8.70 meters in diameter and 10.50 meters height.
It stands on a masonry leveling platform with an apparent claw. It is built with masonry walls of well-faced stones, grouted and with brick verdugadas.
The rigging consists of inserting a brick verdugada every four courses of masonry, except in the first, which has five, and in the last, which has six. The finishing molding of the slope and the coping of the breastplate are executed with templated brick.
As usual in these towers, it has two rooms, accessed from the outside through the upper one. Said doorway is located to the North. The rooms have the usual parts, showing the four loopholes in the lower part. Next to the tower there is a cistern whose use must have been related to them. The tower was restored in 1990 to house the lighthouse, where a lantern with a small metal balcony and an exterior ladder for access to 7.5 meters in height were added. Its location and focal height of 140 meters make it a good balcony over the Mediterranean, presenting a viewpoint at its base.
The account of a visit made by the field maestre Antonio Moreno to the coast in 1567 indicates that there was an Arab tower there called La Rábita. Starting in the 18th century, this name alternated with Torre de la Punta de la Mona, being rebuilt by application of the 1764 Regulation. It was reformed between 1767 and 1773.