Visit Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

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Sohail Castle, located right at the mouth of river Fuengirola overlooking the sea, proudly stands as a landmark entrenched in centuries of history and culture. This iconic fortress has been witness to historic events that have shaped the region over the years. It is now a vibrant venue for a wide range of cultural events and forms of entertainment, attracting locals and visitors from all over the world.

Situated on a small hill 38 metres above sea level, Sohail Castle in Fuengirola is living testimony of this coastal town’s fascinating history. Right from the start this monument provided a strategic vantage point for different civilisations, inhabited by Phoenicans and Romans in ancient times. The archeological discovery of Roman remains and possible traces of the Phoenician people are a testament to the rich history that resides within the castle’s walls. 

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In the 12th century, the Almoravid dynasty added their own legacy to the castle by building a defensive structure adapted to the sloping terrain. However, it was in 1485 that the castle’s history took a significant turn when it was occupied by the Christian army. From then on, the castle was witness to an architectural transformation, adapting to the necessary changes and challenges of each era it stood through.

Throughout the years, Sohail Castle has been destroyed and rebuilt more than once, carrying with it the marks of a turbulent past. Stone and masonry fuse together to create a structure that resists the passing of time. From its ancient walls you can enjoy impressive panoramic views that span from the mouth of river Fuengirola to the Mediterranean sea and Sierra de Mijas, which dominates the horizon.


Sohail Castle: concerts and an extensive cultural programme

Today Sohail Castle is much more than just a historic relic. It serves as a centre for cultural activity and entertainment, shaking up the Fuengirola events scene. The inside of the castle has transformed into a versatile space that hosts famous cultural events. Converting the castle into a prestigious outdoor auditorium has been a remarkable achievement, with the site holding some of the best music events in the Costa del Sol. Marenostrum Fuengirola festival has seen big names like Robbie Williams, Pablo Alborán, Tini and Morat set foot in the castle. These spectacular concerts under the starry sky offer a unique experience which fuses historic grandeur with the magic of contemporary music. Other events take place in this prime setting,  including the Fuengirola’s Medieval Market which transports visitors through time and traditions.

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Sohail Castle in Fuengirola: how to get there

If you’re in Malaga and want to visit Sohail Castle in Fuengirola there are several options. In the car, take the A7 autovía (dual carriageway) towards Fuengirola and follow the signs to Sohail Castle. It’s around 30 minutes depending on traffic. If you prefer public transport, you can take the local train from Málaga-Centro Alameda station to Fuengirola, from there it’s a 20 to 30-minute walk to the castle. There’s also the option of getting a bus from Malaga bus station to Fuengirola. Once in Fuengirola, walk, take a taxi or get local public transport to the castle.


Sohail Castle: history, culture…and a beach

The area around Sohail Castle in the Costa del Sol not only offers incredible sea views, but also direct access to an idyllic beach down below. The mix of history and coastal scenery create a unique setting that captivates visitors. This historic enclave, now a cultural hub, continues to be a beacon of inspiration if you’re looking for the perfect fusion of rich history and cutting edge entertainment. There’s no better way to have fun with friends than exploring this fascinating castle in the heart of Fuengirola.

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