San Andrés Carboneras

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San Andrés, Carboneras

The XVI century castle is located in the centre of the town of Carboneras. In fact, the castle’s construction gave birth to the town, which grew around it.
In 1559, King Felipe II ordered the Marqués del Carpio to build the castle in order to defend that part of the coast from Berber attacks and Morisco uprisings.
It has been totally restored and is now a centre for all kinds of cultural activities, especially in the summer when the town receives many visitors.
There is an extensive photographic exhibition showing the history of Carboneras, which includes photos from ‘Four Feathers’ and Richard Lester’s ‘How I Won the War’.
A statue of Lawrence of Arabia, which was filmed nearby, can be seen next to the castle.