Mazarron - Torre de los Caballos - Bolnuevo
kind of trip :
* building
entrance fee :
* free
opening hours :
* summer :
   ° Friday : 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
   ° Saturday : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
   ° Sunday : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
* winter :
   ° Friday : 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
   ° Saturday : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
   ° Sunday : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
contact :
address :
* Calle Lentisco, 30877 Mazarron
* GPS : 37°33'49.7"N 1°18'18.8"W - decimal 37.563799, -1.305225
distance :
* Torrevieja : 100 km, 65 minutes
* Guardamar : 110 km, 75 minutes
* La Marina : 119 km, 85 minutes
Torre de los Caballos - Bolnuevo
At walking distance (900 meters) from the Gredas de Bolnuevo we find the Torre de los Caballos.
Between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Berber pirates regularly attacked the Spanish Costas. They chose natural harbors where they could dock unseen. For this they used shallow ships and special sailing boats. Their attacks usually took place in the early morning hours so that they could surprise the locals in their sleep. They robbed the inhabitants of their cattle and goods or kidnapped the farmers and fishermen who were later sold as slaves. The constant looting caused the inhabitants to become even poorer and to live in constant fear. In order to protect the population, a network of towers around the coast was created to warn the population against threats from outside. During the day the soldiers warned the population with smoke signals, at night this happened with fire.
Various defense towers can be seen in and around the bay of Mazarron including La Torre de los Caballos, La Vieja del Puerto, La Torre de Santa Isabel and La Azohia. More inland, the Torre del Molinete maintained communication with the coast. The towers have different shapes: cylindrical, square and even hexagonal.
Inside, the tower is divided into two floors with a terrace at the top. Although it used to be different, today we enter the towers on the street level. The entrance on the second floor used to be via a rope ladder. This rope ladder could easily be removed to make access to the enemy impossible or at least more difficult. The ground floor usually served as a water storage facility while the first floor served as storage space and housing for the soldiers. About the middle of the 16th century, Mazarrón became independent from Lorca and received the title of "city". The population lived from mining, salt mines, agriculture and fishing.

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