Torre Ladrones, the Thieves Tower at Dunas de Artola Cabopino


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As landmarks go Torre Ladrones, the Thieves Tower at Cabopino beach is a stark, historical reminder of a time when Spain wasn’t quite so civilised. Much like the towers at Begur which were built to ward off imaginary pirates, their counterparts in the south depict a grizzly and violent past.

Originally built around two thousand years ago it was thought to have started its life as a Roman lighthouse after which it fell into the hands of the Moors who converted it into a watchtower. In 1497 it was rebuilt by Spanish Christians and today it stands alone in a sandy clearing on the beach; a thousand stories held within its walls.

Torre Ladrones, the Thieves Tower at Dunas de Artola Cabopino, Costa del Sol.

Torre Ladrones, the Thieves Tower at Dunas de Artola Cabopino, Costa del Sol.

 

Standing at 15m tall, with no obvious signs of entry save for two small windows in its north facing wall, it overlooks the Dunas de Artola Cabopino but is now dwarfed by modern housing blocks to the east.

The illustrations on nearby information boards show hot oil being poured from the top onto hapless victims below, reinforcing the tales of violent and bloody struggles Spain has endured in its past.

Not much information about Torre Ladrones is available and even its name is a mystery but in its sandy clearing on the Dunas de Artola Cabopino it is timeless and enigmatic in its eternal silence.

Torre Ladrones stands enigmatically against the setting sun.

Torre Ladrones stands enigmatically against the setting sun.

At dusk the tower becomes even more inspiring, set against the backdrop of a fading sun as it drops behind the mountains that crown the headland near Marbella and the ochre sky casts daunting silhouettes of jagged teeth, anomalous clouds and the imposing height of the angular Torre Ladrones.

It is a unique landmark with no other like it anywhere in Andalucia/Andalusia and although it cannot be entered or explored it does serve as a wonderful historic slice of a country that has changed hands so many times.

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