Salobreña is a town that boasts a wealth of history and heritage. Over the last 5,000 years, many different cultures have left their mark here on the promontory on which the town sits. From the Copper and Bronze Ages through to colonisation by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans and – most recently – the Moors, traces of these occupations can still be found in the town today.
They also left unique spaces where we can admire certain parts of this historic and artistic heritage, as well as places that hark back to the ambience of the Moorish settlement of Salobreña.
From the 13th to the 15th centuries, Salobreña’s medina – and its alcazaba, or castle, in particular – was a favoured holiday spot for the Nasrid sultans, as well as serving as a royal prison. From this privileged location, they could control the surrounding expanse of territory and maintain close trading relationships with North Africa.
Today, the unique sites that can be explored on a visit or during a walk through the historic town centre include this square, where the town hall and other public buildings have stood since the end of the Middle Ages; the former mosque, which is now the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario; and a little higher up, the alcazaba of Salobreña, crowning the promontory.
You’ll also find charming nooks and neighbourhoods that still retain their Andalusian flavour, such as La Placeta, the Bovedilla district, Paseo de las Flores, and especially Calle Bóveda, which leads onto the scenic viewpoint of the Mirador de Enrique Morente. It’s the ideal place to take a stroll and enjoy not only the spectacular views, but also the tremendous wealth of cultural heritage.