The most emblematic feature of Salobreña is its castle; unlike Almuñécar’s castle, it dominates the skyline from whatever angle you approach it.
But this feature, dating back to the Nazarí period of history (the last Muslim Kingdom of Spain) is feeling the passage of time.
It was in 2016 that the construction cranes finally disappeared from its skyline and the fortress reopened to the general public after two long years of restoration work. However, there are still things to do up, which were included in a project to be presented to Madrid for 2020, so that a grant can be obtained.
But then boulders from the towering rocks fell down, blocking the access from El Gambullón. Consequently, the 2020 project has to be rewritten to include sorting this out.
“We calculate that it will cost approximately between 150,000 and 200,000 euros to make an access point to replace the old one,” explained the Mayor, adding, “we are waiting upon a detailed report from the Municipal Surveyor that is being drawn up.” They are going to have to hurry, however, as the Ministry in Madrid will open the period for submitting grant requests in the spring.
One of the points of interest in the 2020 project is the excavation of a palatial summer residence within the castle, dating back to the 10th Century. Another point included is the renovation of the Paseo de las Flores.
(News: Salobreña, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)