Castillo de Macenas

Costa de Almería

An 18th-century watchtower 2.5km south of the end of the main Mojácar beach. You can't enter it but it's free to view from the outside. From the tower a dirt track runs down the coast to a second defensive tower, the Torre Pirulico, 1.3km away.

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1. Torre Pirulico

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A coastal watchtower dating to Nasrid times in the 13th century; you can climb to the top. It's 1.3km south of the Castillo de Macenas.

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