Torre Canela

Torre Canela

Torre Canela is located on the Isla Canela road that leads to Punta del Moral and Isla Canela Marina.

The torre, like many along the Andalucian coast from Gibraltar to Ayamonte, was commis­sioned by Felipe II in late 1500s to protect the coast from attacks by Turkish and Berber pirates.

Felipe II ordered more than 40 of these beacon-shaped towers to be built, although the cost of­ten fell back on the local population. The towers were even­tually paid for by a  type of fishing tax which was levied on every pound of fish caught.

The tower had fallen into disrepair and although Isla Canela did some renovation work it wasn’t until 2010 that a full restoration project was completed with funding from the Junta de Andalucía

On the first investiga­tion  the architect and surveyor noticed that the floor on the roof was sloping outwards to expel any water that fell. Under normal circumstances you would expect this to be correct but this was a defense tower and they were usually designed with the roof sloping inwards to collect the water which was used  by the guards who stayed in these towers.

What followed was a petition to the Junta de Andalucía to bring some archaeologists to the tow­er and open a section in the floor. The well that was found at the centre of the tower is now a fea­ture for everyone to see. The floor of the tower is a stainless steel grid and below behind glass you can view the well.

The tower, which has two chambers connected via a stair­well with a stainless steel banister with glass panels around the edge to prevent visitors from falling down into the tower.




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