Castle of Santiago

Plaza del Castillo, 1. Sanlúcar de Barrameda. 11540 Cádiz.

Cultural Visit

The Castle of Santiago was built by Don Enrique Pérez de Guzmán, the II Duke of Medinasidonia, VII lord of Sanlúcar at the end of 15th century. It is one of the best documentated castles in the country and the biggest in terms of Surface in the province of Cádiz.

The duke started the construction of the fortress, after increasing his fortune and making his dynasty one of the main ones in the kingdom of Castile. It is believed the castle was finished by 1477, when the Queen Isabella, sovereign of Castile, saw the sea for the first time.

It was from here that Christopher Columbus started on his 3rd voyage, Magellan gathered all the necessary things for his travel around the world and from the watchover Elcano was named the commander in charge to finish the adventure after the death of Magellan.


Access closes one hour before the castle closes.

Opening hours:

  • Monday: from 10:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00
  • From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00
  • Sunday: from 10:00 to 15:00

* The visiting hours  may change due to the celebration of events in the castle.


  • Monday.
  • January: 1 and 6
  • December: 25
    • 24 and 31 in the afternoon.


  • Plaza del Castillo 1. Sanlúcar de Barrameda. 11540. Cádiz.
How to get there:

By car, from Jerez de la Frontera:

  • By A-480 road at a distane of 25,8 kms.

By car, from El Puerto de Santa María:

  • By A-2001 road, at a distance of 23,9 kms.
  • By A-491 and A-2001, at 20 minutes and distance of 30,3 kms.
  • By A-491 and A-2007, at 20 minutes and distance of 32,8 kms.

By Car, from Seville:

  • By AP-4 at 1 hour and 20 minutes and distance of 100 kms., includes toll.
  • By AP-4 at 1 hour and 20 minutes and distance of 119 kms.
  • By A-471 at 1 hour and 33 minutes and distance of 110 kms.