In 1485 it was captured during the Reconquest, and would later be a frequent target of the legendary pirate Barbarossa, leading King Carlos I to build the moat.
During the War of Independence, Polish troops defended the castle successfully against and Anglo-Spanish attack. General Ballesteros would retake it in April 1812 for the Allies.
From 1969, the last private owner, Leopoldo Werne de Bolin, started a process of reforms, and it is now a municipal property where cultural events are held.
It is situated at the southern end of the town, just across and at the mouth of the river.
Our thanks to José María Burgos for his help regarding Mijas and Sohail.