Castle and Museum in Chipiona
Chipiona castle is a small 13th century castle. Today the castle is a monastery which is open to visitors. It also holds an exhibition, ‘Cadiz and the new world’ dedicated to the relationship of the province of Cádiz with the discovery of America, its colonization and the exploitation of the New World. Three of Spain’s four Colombian trips departed from Chipiona, and it was also the starting and finishing point of the first round the world trip. The exhibition shows a historical journey from the situation of Cádiz prior to the discovery, until the promulgation of the Constitution of 1812.
The Castle possesses a square base and tower, two storeys covered with vaulted ceiling arris vaults and pointed arched windows.
The castle dates back to the Arab period, according to historical documents, Chipiona was conquered by King Fernando III “The Saint” and it was reconquered in 1261 by his son Alfonso X “The Wise”. The castle was restored in 1527 and it was used up until to 1651 to defend the area from pirates, Moorish, berebers and Turkish. The famous pirate Redbeard is said to have been here.
Since then it has was a Guardia Civil headquarter in the 19th century and a hotel from 1887 to 1989. In 26 December 2000 the City council of Chipiona acquired it.