Andalusia Sights

Castillo de San Marcos

  • Pl. de Alfonso X Map It
  • Puerto de Santa María
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 08/18/2015

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This castle was built in the 13th century on the site of a mosque. Created by Alfonso X, it was later home to the Duke of Medinaceli. Among the guests were Christopher Columbus, who tried unsuccessfully to persuade the duke to finance his voyage west, and Juan de la Cosa, who, within these walls, drew up the first map ever to include the Americas. The red lettering on the walls is a 19th-century addition. Visits are by tour only (in English at 1), must be booked by phone and include the next-door bodega.

Sight Information


Pl. de Alfonso X, Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, 11500, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • €6
  • Tues. 11:30–1:30, Thurs. and Sat. 10–1:30

Published 08/18/2015


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