The Nightrunner’s Castle (for want of a better name) is a slowly crumbling, unfinished rich man’s folly which sits on a bluff beside the main road to Fuengirola. It is enigmatic and imposing but sad at the same time. Not much information is available but it is thought it was being built to serve the local golf courses and was to be a luxury hotel.
It is an oddity in these times; masonic symbolism present at every turn and lavish arches and window frames that smack of Moorish influence. The Nightrunner’s Castle (named after a gang took illegal ownership and squatted there for a while) seem unsure of itself in that it is neither new nor old, modern or traditional and yet it somehow has a little of all those things within its walls.
The gates at the bottom of the bluff are open but warn people off with security signs and ‘private property’ notices; not that people take any notice. hikers regularly stop by for a spot of shade and a drink, or to admire the oddness of the place.
If its outer walls are a stark reminder of Spain’s financial crisis; a project left abandoned due to lack of funds or interest, then the interior is even more alarming.
It is a dangerous place with high reaching stairwells that have no safety rails or banisters, balconies that are completely open to the elements with little to stop people disappearing over the side and a section of roof which is collapsing. Graffiti adorns the inner walls and signs of squatting are still evident.
A huge lift-shaft stands at one end; a sheer drop over a hundred feet down that would end you in a heartbeat. Such dangers need to be recognised and although I was glad of the opportunity to explore its innards, the Nightrunner’s Castle should be bricked up completely in the interests of safety.
There is nothing spooky about the place, just a sense of emptiness that will probably never leave. It is unlikely the Nightrunner’s Castle will ever be finished and in centuries to come it will serve as a relic of a time when mankind lost its way financially and laid ruin to his domain.
Take a look at our gallery of the Nightrunner’s Castle exterior and interior.
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