Finca renovation continues relentlessly, but even the most dedicated grafters need a break.
We decided to place a cache in one of the 18th century coastal watchtowers that are dotted up and down the coastline.
Set on a hilltop just back from the beach (and the road) it commanded excellent views, looked well-maintained, didn’t even involve a huge long hike or a scramble over rocks, unlike most of our other caches.
In fact, you could probably drive right up to it. We didn’t. We parked off the road at the beach, crossed over and wandered leisurely up the hill.
There seemed to be a few cars parked at the top. Perhaps there was work going on? Or maybe it was a popular local viewpoint? Not such a good place for a cache if it was popular as they have a habit of going missing from such locations.
We rounded the corner. Stunned. There was a house built right at the bottom and half way around the side of the watchtower.
Hiding a cache here seemed even less of a good idea. We walked around the one side which the house hadn’t yet annexed. No. There was no way we could hide one here. Even if we put it under a couple of rocks it would almost certainly be discovered by the householders and trashed.
Shame. A good location, nice views, and an impressive watchtower. Amazing place for a house though.
I thought I would see what I could find out about it. The official Andalucían sign at the tower (in the pic) came out with the usual stuff about how there was a series of watchtowers up and down the coast to warn the local population of attacks from pirates in the 18th century blah blah.
It was semi-circular (fairly obvious), with two towers jutting out at the back, and had two floors and a roof terrace. For picking people off, not for sunbathing, or hanging out the laundry which is what most people use them for these days. Apparently the tower could hold almost 25 soldiers. It’s the biggest on the Málaga coastline and unique in its shape – most of the others tend to be circular or square.
But the most interesting info I discovered, was at a site called Panoramio, where someone asked about the house. The reply (I couldn’t find any corroboration for this, and there was no reference cited), was that after the Spanish Civil War, the tower was ceded as a home to the family of a pensioned Guardia Civil officer, whose descendants continue to live there.
So as well as being a unique shape, and the largest on the provincial coastline, it’s also the site of a family home while being an official Andalucían monument.