Just outside the city of Cartagena, Spain, lies an interesting and somewhat odd “castle” and battery called the Batería de Castillitos. When we were in Cartagena, we took the opportunity to drive up there to check it out and see some of the mount’s amazing views.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Built in the 1930s, this battery is somewhat kitschy in that it was constructed to look medieval, even though it’s not that old at all. Within its confines are two massive, 17-meter-long Vickers guns that fire 381mm, one-ton shells.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

It’s, frankly, odd to see these 20th-century guns on top of what looks like an ancient castle. Built to protect the city of Cartagena and the bays on both sides of this mountain, these guns were only used once, during the Spanish Civil War, and the whole battery was finally decommissioned in 1994.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

At some point, it appears that efforts were made to turn it into a tourist destination. There’s a shop and public bathrooms that have long been abandoned, probably because not a whole lot of people want to make the winding, partially one-lane trek up into the mountains.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

That’s the normal road before the long, actual road up.

It’s hard to get people to visit you when there’s no efficient way to get here. Driving 10km or so on these roads takes something like 40 minutes, and who wants to do that?

Well, some people. Like us, and the others who were there, climbing around on the fortification and its massive guns.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

While that combination is certainly peculiar, it’s really the views that make the trip worth it.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

The nearby Batería del Jorel, only accessible by foot from Batería de Castillitos.

Batería de Castillitos, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

After that trek, we headed back down the winding road and made our way to the beachside town of La Azohía. It was not the best day to visit a beach town, and there weren’t many people around, given it was the off-season and a weekday.

Alas, we made the most of it and stopped for some tasty food and views.

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

No doubt, this guy wanted us to share.

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

After a day high up and back down at sea level, we made our way back to Cartagena.

La Azohía, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

And, there you have it! While it’s not a mind-blowing experience, it’s still worth it to drive up there and check out the views over the bays around Cartagena and the coastline. If you have the time while you’re in town, head up there and experience it for yourself!

Read more of our Spain posts right here.

A very special thanks to everyone in Cartagena, La Azohía, and up high at the Batería de Castillitos.

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