Casares - Torre de la Sal

Torre de la Sal, Casares Beach ©Michelle Chaplow
Torre de la Sal, Casares Beach

Torre de la Sal

Located on a headland on the coast between River Manilva and Playa de la Sal and the Arroyo Camarate and Playa de Piedra Paloma. All within in the small coastal strip of the municipality of Casares. 

It is also known locally as "Torre del Salto de la Mora", (Tower of the Moor's leap).

It has two floors, and a square section. The present inland access door is at ground floor and this leads into a single domed chamber. A second door gives access a ground level onto a small terrace on the headland looking out to sea. A flight of stone stairs leads up one side to a slightly smaller domed chamber. Another stone staircase leads up to the roof where there is a single turret

An order to build a defensive tower here was given by King Charles I in 1528. It was certainly build on top of the foundations of an existing Moorish structure, hence the square shape. The two storey construction suggests is was more of a very small fort than a lookout tower.

Records dated In 1567 state
 " ... Castle where the Duke of Arcos wanted to populate a place ... ".
 The Duke of Arcos also built some salt flats in the vicinity hence the name given to this tower. However things moved slowly in those days and in 1571 the tower was still not finished.

Torre de la Sal was occupied as a small Guardia Civil barracks up until the 1950's and then became derelict, though generally accessible, if not too dark and too smelly, to the casual visitor.

The tower has had some extensive restoration work carried out in 2010 including a new small fenced terrace outside both entrance doors. Today it is locked and only open to the public on special occasions.

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