This castle is built on the only hill at the foot of Sierra Nevada that looks over the extensive plain of the Marquesado del Zenete. The Castillo de La Calahorra was an architectural revolution at the time, as it was the first Renaissance building to be built in Spain, a style that was already hugely popular in Italy. It marks the move away the Gothic aesthetic that was the style prevailing across most of Europe. The castle was built in just three years, between 1509 and 1512.
The existence of a fortress in Salobreña was first recorded as early as the 10th century. Although the existing building’s layout points to a construction in the Nasrid period, its architecture is both Muslim and Christian. It has three courtyards. [...]