Colomares castle: Costa del Sol roadtrip

Colomares castle is a monument, in the form of a castle, dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus. It was built near Benalmádena, it is the largest monument in the world to the explorer, but also contains the smallest church in the world, covering an area of just 1.96 square meters.

In 1987, Dr. Esteban Martín Martín Martín began this singular work in an improvised way and with the help of two masons created Colomares in seven years of artisan work using brick, stone, and cement.


Colomares castle
Colomares castle


SPRING SCHEDULE 10:00 AM to 7.00 PM Mondays and Tuesdays closed. There is free parking for cars.

The monument can only be visited externally, fee admission 2,50€ for adults and 2€ for kis.


This is a castle monument that narrates with its stone the heroic deed of the discovery of a new world, wrongly called AMERICA. It was Colon, who with his great faith, presented to the Catholic Monarchs his plan to travel westward to reach the Indies.

The three ships that Columbus used in his voyage, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria are represented in this Castle Monument. La Niña at the top of the building, under the arch of La Rábida, the monastery that sheltered COLON when he arrived from Portugal. The Pinta, on the main façade, this being the nave of the Pinzones brothers, with the horse Pegasus, which supports it. The Santa Maria, isolated from the other two, as this ship suffered an accident and sank on Christmas Day, in Santo Domingo. The crew, who numbered 39 sailors, stayed on the island and did not return to Spain, as they died at the hands of the natives.


Colomares castle
Colomares castle


Now we move to Torremolinos, here a Neo-Arabic building commissioned in 1925 by Antonio Navajas Ruiz, decided to settle in the town and build a house in the area known as Huerta de la Cruz.

The House of the Navajas, declared of Historic Landmark by the Department of Culture of the Government of Andalusia in 1991, the property is situated on a cliff overlooking the beach of El Bajondillo and has two floors with balconies, with the ground floor for housing the family.


The House of the Navajas
The House of the Navajas


His aesthetic style corresponds Neo-Arabic (Neo-Mudejar) that flourished in Spain, and particularly in the province of Malaga, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with the interior decor inspired by the Alhambra in Granada. The result was a faithful reproduction of the Neo-Mudêjar style that was of particular significance at the Universal Exhibition in Seville in 1929. Free entry, from 11 to 20, closed on Monday.

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