The Castle dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries, the period of Abd al-Rahman I and his heirs. It is located on the highest part of the hill, which is probably the oldest inhabited area of Vejer, and on the location of a previous Arab castle.
The Castle has two patios: the main patio and the ‘patio de armas’ (patio of arms). The main patio has an old cistern to collect rainwater through a gutter. The ground of the Castle has the shape of an ear of wheat, to avoid that the animals in the barns may slip. From the ‘patio de armas’, we can see the battlements, go up to them, and enjoy the beautiful views of the town. Moreover, this patio also has the private housing, transformed by Pedro Muñoz de Arenillas in the second half of the 14th century, which was bough to the Marquis of Martorell.
In the 16th century, the Castle was the residence of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, Lord of Vejer. This Castle is considered as one of the group of ‘minor Castles’, because it only has one entrance – located in the most accessible location, but of easy defence. Nowadays, the horseshoe door, defined by an alfiz, is the most remarkable remain of Arab origin.
There is a commemorative plaque of the twinning between Vejer and Chefchaouen inside the Castle. These two cities are closely linked because of historic and cultural reasons.
Closed for works till June 2020.