This once powerful fortification is currently in ruins. Only two towers and
a chapel left.
The Catoira Towers were built by the government of the
city of Compostela to guard the sea entrance and prevent Moorish or Norman pirate attacks.
Originally it comprised 7 towers linked by a wall and protected by a moat.
To avoid sea incursions, two towers (one on each side of the water) were linked by a chain so
no attacker could sail further inland from that point on.
Torres do Oeste Today
Today, the site of the Catoira towers is the venue for
one of the biggest festivals in Spain, the "Catoira Viking Festival"
where locals dress up accordingly, sail up the sea entrance of the towers and "attack"
Geographic Coordinates: 42.677009
Towers Castle is located near Puente de Catoira, Galicia, Spain. Get help with
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Catoira Towers of West © Ángel Jueguen