Defensive Towers

If you have a car, then a short trip down the coast will get you an interesting close-up view of a number of the old watchtowers. Plenty of watering holes along the way, so make it a leisurely day out.

El Morche tower
El Morche
Torrox Costa tower
Torrox Costa

In the relatively short distance between Torre del Mar and Nerja there are no fewer than five of the ancient defensive watchtowers. These towers were generally built in the 15th century, some a little later, and were designed to keep an eye out for unwelcome visitors from Morocco and elsewhere. The towers tend to be around 12 metres tall.

Lagos tower
Lagos
Lagos
Lagos
Mezquitilla tower
Mezquitilla
Mezquitilla
Mezquitilla

They all have, to varying degrees, been renovated or rebuilt.

Punta Lara tower, Nerja
Punta Lara, Nerja
Chilches tower
Chilches, Velez-Malaga
Torre de Chilches
Chilches, Velez-Malaga
Torred de Chilches
Chilches, Velez-Malaga

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