The Granada coastline is dotted with fortresses, castles and watchtowers which bear witness to the history of these lands. Its border location of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada in addition to the proximity of North Africa made it very vulnerable to attack. Both Moslems in the Middle Ages as well as the Christians from the 16th century onwards, were obliged to reinforce the coastline’s system of defence due to a constant onslaught of raids and attacks by pirates, corsairs and robbers who impoverished the local population. The defeat of the Turkish squadron at the battle of Lepanto, 1571 and the expulsion of the Moors in Granada in 1492 worsened the problem.
The itinerary we suggest enables visitors to discover towers, castles and watchtowers along the Costa Tropical which are in good condition and accessible to the public. Some of the buildings are open to visitors but all of them are of great historical and cultural interest.
Many are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty.