Mijas - Watchtowers
Given the strategic relevance of the coast, it has been always a target of attacks. These towers along the coastline were built to give the signal of alarm when there was an attack. The watching towers were imported by the Phoenicians to watch but they were the Arabians who get a perfect organization of the watch. In Mijas there are four watching towers: Click here for more information
Old Tower Cala del Moral (WATCHTOWERS MUSEUM)
In Juan Temboury´s "Beacon Towers", we can find the following information on this tower, "these forts are known as ‘horseshoe forts’ due to their elongated semi-circular ground plan with two oblique spurs or hornwork at the back. They were built with masonry, works which were known as "stone and mortar works". Their layout inside is comprised of two floors and a roof terrace. The surface areas of these rooms increases as we go up while the thickness of the outer walls decreases.
Address: C/ Torreón, s/n. 29649 La Cala (Mijas Costa)
Phone: 951700576 / 662181256
Summer opening hours (July and August)
- Every morning from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
- Every afternoon from 19:00 to 22:00 h.
Winter opening hours (from September to June)
- 10:00 to 15:00 h.
Ticket: 1€ - Collaboration with AFESOL (NGO)
According to Juan Temboury, the Calaburra Tower belongs to the series of towers built around 1515 (other authors date it to the beginning of the 17th century) whose features a very similar. They are shaped like truncated cones, built with black stone masonry and still preserve the remains of plasterwork. Click here for more information
This tower was called the Calahorra Tower in the instructions of 1497 and was the last tower to guard the Marbella cavalry. Calahorra is an Arabic word which is synonymous with isolated tower. One of the labourers assigned to Cala del Moral had to man this watchtower every morning. It was built on a mound on the beach and next to a well in the 16th century. Click here for more information.
Penta Peseta Tower (torre nueva)
This tower does not appear on 18th century maps and charts and is probably the most modern tower on the entire coastline. It must have been built at the beginning of the 19th century for customs surveillance. It is located north of the highway on a point that juts out to the sea. Click here for more information.