Castillo de Guzman el Bueno

Castillo de Guzman el Bueno

Castillo de Guzman el Bueno
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Tarifa is a bridge between Europe and Africa and divides the Mediterranean from the Atlantic. The city occupies a strategic place in a legendary zone, “The Pillars of Hercules”. That’s the reason why it was inhabited from prehistoric times to this day, by Phoenicians, Romans, Muslims and Christians, upon this rocky peninsula, the most southern point of Europe. The castle was built in 960, by the Omeyyad Caliph Abd al-Rahman III, giving rise to the defensive enclosure that we see today, one of the best preserved in Spain. The Castle, which today show what has resulted from the addition of defensive structures (gates, towers, barriers), as well as from its palatial constructions, accumulated since the XV century up to the times of I Marquis of Tarifa in the XVI century. The castle preserved its military function for a for a millenium. In 1989 it was placed in civil hands, beginning with the restoration and archeological work that has made it known to us.
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AltabasTravels
London, UK213 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We visited tarifa and took a walk to the Guzman castle and very nearly didn't go in...
We had already seen a couple of historical Spanish buildings by this point in our trip and weren't really sure we wanted to see another.

But the price on the door was very low and if nothing else it looked like we would get a good view from the tower and ramparts.

We were very pleasantly surprised with the castle overall. Plenty of very informative plaques covering the history of the castle plus the wider history of tarifa and its importance in spain's history

And we did get some fantastic views from the top too!
Written November 11, 2019
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,828 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Known as the "last castle in Europe". Origins date back to Roman times although the current castle is a Umayyad construction parts of which date back to 960 A.D. The charge to enter is 2 Euro, and it takes about 30 minutes to see everything. It is now located in the centre of town and has been surrounded by newer builds and the port area.
Written January 10, 2015
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GILLACK
Colne, UK130 contributions
Feb 2020
A great visit here to see the castle church and walk the ramparts . Very good value for money and very interesting .
Written February 21, 2020
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Glynis B
Bury St. Edmunds, UK349 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
I have visited many castles and this one was one of the better visits, but it was a beautiful day. It was impressive from the outside and the interior has been restored with information displays, One of the best bits was the Guzman cut out where you could get a photo in chain mail. The views from the castle walls were very impressive. We also went on the wall walk in Tarifa. Definitely a castle worth visiting.
Written February 5, 2019
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Olivia089
Highland Village, TX140 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We spent some time here, because there was not much else to do, because the weather was terrible outside. I would recommend this historic fort to anyone going to Tarifa.
Written July 13, 2018
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Stephen H
Torre del Mar, Spain6 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Visited this castle in Tarifa today. Lots of interesting things to see in and round it. Learn about it's history in a fun way, well worth a visit, we were there for about 2 1/2 hours.
Written February 6, 2018
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Brighton908 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Fascinating position with Africa out front, the Mediterranean on the left and the Atlantic on the right. Great views of it all and the port below. Also great museum and everything is repeated in English. Small car park on port side of Castle at 1 Euro an hour which covers visit.9

Written November 10, 2017
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Syrenne
Texas18 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
I went with my parents, one of whom is in a wheelchair. We had a fantastic visit and I'd like to give some tips for those looking for details of its accessibility:

- the castle is not wheelchair accessible from the main ticketing gate. We found this out after a fairly steep push to up the incline to the ticket booth. We were able to buy tickets though (one discounted for wheelchair!) and they instructed us to circle up to the back side of the castle to enter through the gate there and that someone would meet us there. It is several minutes walk back down the initial steep slope and then up a gentle incline and the sidewalks were too narrow so we walked in the street. Fortunately, the motorists hoping to pass us were patient.

- we waited for probably 15 minutes with no sign of the person to let us in, so I walked back down to see what was going on. Apparently he came and went before we got there. So just be forewarned and maybe get a phone number for the ticket booth so that you can call them if you are in the same situation.

- once we did all enter, we had a fantastic experience. The man that let us inside accompanied us throughout the castle and opened the accessible bathrooms and elevator (apparently both required a key) and served as an impromptu guide. We felt like we got the VIP treatment.
- There were some places we could not access with the wheelchair, like the top of the walls, but we did see enough to make it worth the time and hassle.
-many thanks to Pedro, our unofficial guide and key man for his assistance!

Also, about Tarifa:
It is one of the few places we visited that were of significant historical and architectural interest that was FLAT. It made for a great place to go with the wheelchair. We were able to find several handicapped parking spaces, so that was a bonus.
Written May 31, 2017
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,382 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
The Castle of Guzman El Bueno is an impressive Moorish fortification that was built in 960AD and was an important strategic and defensive structure against would-be invaders.

Great views over the port and into Northern Africa on a clear day.
Written January 7, 2016
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Nov 2015
Tarife has an astonishing amount of history in its old town, yet rarely receives a mention in guide books apart from it being a great place for beaches and wind-surfing. It suffers from the characteristic of many working ports that it is not "touristy" or "pretty" but is robust and practicable.

So, thus is the Castillo, It is but one relic of the historic town and, as you drive through, you find other walls and historic relics. The fortress is well worth a visit as it provides viewpoints from its upper ramparts and there is also a interpretative/exhibition centre which has been developed in the main building. There is also an interesting chapel which architecturally bridges European and Muslim styles.
Written November 20, 2015
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