Castle of Tarifa
Tarifa Castle or Guzman el Bueno Castle, is the monument par excellence of Tarifa and was ordered to be built in 960 by Caliph Adberramán III as a strategic point for the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Muslims ruled Tarifa from 711 AD to 1292, while the Christian armies tried to avoid Muslim incursions for 48 years. In 1340 Tarifa fell under Christian rule.
The name of Guzman el Bueno Castle is attributed to Alonso Perez de Guzman, who, in 1295 as governor of the fortress, saw Muslims surrounding the castle. After taking his son hostage and threatening to kill him unless Alonso gave up the castle, he decided to sacrifice his son rather than surrender the fortress and is said to have even thrown his own knife from the top of the tower for them to kill the boy.
Tarifa Castle was restored in the seventeenth century to maintain its defensive purposes and a century later part of the walls were adapted to install the artillery factory. Between 1811 and 1812 the Guzmán el Bueno Castle served as the headquarters of the British and Spanish troops who defended Tarifa from French invasion.
Opening Hours Tarifa Castle:
Ticket Price Tarifa Castle:
General admission: 2 €
All times and ticket prices are approximate. To confirm times and fares see the official sites.