The first section of this building comprises the towers and walls of a Roman castle while the rest is Arabic. It affords marvellous views of the town and its surroundings.
Declared a National Monument of Historical and Artistic Interest in 1931, it is located atop a hill known as Cerro de la Estrella, from which the castle’s name is derived. Standing 600 metres high, it was of immense strategic importance, since it overlooks not only the town that lies at its feet but also the wide plains that provide the northern entrance to the Serranía de Ronda mountains.
It covers a surface area of some 25,000 square metres, making it one of the largest still standing in the province of Malaga. It features two walled areas and its exterior, which is adapted to the surrounding terrain, is reinforced by a barbican in the north east, with a total of 18 towers and a further octagonal structure facing north. The fortress contained inside was home to the lord of the castle. Throughout its history, its border location has seen it occupied by a variety of different cultures, undergoing a number of extensions as a result.