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“As always, a super visit to a very historic site. A must for all Scots.”

Castle of the Star (Castillo de la Estrella)
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Teba
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Malaga, Spain
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488 reviews
215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“As always, a super visit to a very historic site. A must for all Scots.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

This castle played a pivotal part in the wars against the Moors. In addition, due to the link with Robert the Bruce, it also plays an important part in Scottish history. I have been surprised in all the years I have taken guests there that most Scots do not even know of the connection. To précis the story right down to two sentence, Robert the Bruce always wanted to go on a Crusade but died before he could. He had asked his friend Black Douglas [the head of the clan Douglas] to take his heart to the Crusades but on the way James Douglas was asked to join the battle at Teba. The casket with the heart played a big part in the battle but Douglas was killed and the heart and Douglas now rest in Scotland. The castle tower has been made into a super little museum and is sometimes open to visitors. The opening times are erratic due to lack of council money and seasonal issues so it is best to check before visiting. There is a very informative video [in Spanish but they sometimes have an English write up to accompany it] which illustrates the history of the area from Neolithic times to the time of the battle. There are models of the castle and the area, models of trebuchets etc plus some of the relics which were dug up when the site around the castle was excavated.

The entry fees are CHEAP at less than £2 per person and the staff are knowledgeable and very nice. To see other things which were excavated, such as the Roman bull sculpure, you will have to go into the town and visit the excellent museum at the Ayuntamiento [Town Hall].

Visited June 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Tremendous old castle with magnificent views, BUT........”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

Pity about the unfriendliness of the inhabitants of the town, who looked at anyone they didn't know with distrust and suspicion and were as unhelpful with directions as they could possibly be.

Visited September 2011
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