Municipal Castle "Castillo de Luna"

It dates back to the 13th century and it was built on an Arab fortified convent from the 11th century. It has a rectangular plant and five battlemented towers. The Ponce de León family used the castle as their place of residence and the Catholic Monarchs, who visited the town, also stayed at it. The castle is the symbol of the town and consequently it appears on its coat of arms. Later, this castle has been used as a hospital and as a school but nowadays it is the seat of Rota’s Town Hall and its Tourist Office. There are some guided tours at weekends. For more information, please contact the Tourist Office:

  • Phone: 956 84 63 45 / 956 84 13 52
  • The price of the visit is 2€ per adult and 1€ per child between 6 and 12 years old. It is free for children under 6. You must do the payment beforehand at the Tourist Office.

Our Lady of the O Parish Church

 

The church was built in the 16th century and was financed by D. Rodrigo Ponce de León, Duke of Arcos. Inside the church, we can observe a combination of different styles such as gothic, Elizabethan, plateresque, baroque and renaissance. The church consists of a late Gothic nave with some plateresque and renaissance decorations and five side chapels.

San Roque Chapel

It was built in the middle of the 17th century. In the past, it was located in the outskirts of the town centre and it was a prayer centre for the peasants. Today, the chapel is situated in the town centre in a square which bears its name.

It consists of three naves separated by short and thick columns. In the right nave there are two altarpieces with the images of Our Father Jesus Captive (who has natural hair) and Saint Roque. In the left nave there is an altarpiece where you can find the image of Our Lady Immaculada Concepción. In the main altarpiece you can see the image of Our Christ of the Veracruz, which dates back to the 18th century and has a great artistic value.

Charity's Chapel

 

It is located in the town centre. Its style is baroque and its floor is in the shape of a Latin cross. The main altarpiece is really valuable and was made in the 18th century by a sculptor from Jerez named Diego Roldán.

In the central niche of the altarpiece you can find the image of Our Lady of Sorrow and Blesssed Christ of the Charity which was carved in 1942 by a sculptor from Jerez named Chaveli. You can also find the image of our Father of the Health in his Three Falls made by Ortega Brú and and the image of our Lady of Charity.

Merced Tower

It is the only architectural remain of the old Convent of the Merced which was founded by D. Rodrigo Ponce de León in the 17th century. The tower was destroyed by an earthquake which stroke Rota in 1722. The tower we have today is square in shape in its lower part and octagonal in its higher part. It is finished off with a semicircular dome decorated with shiny blue and white tiles.

Walled Town

The wall which surrounded the town had an oval shape. It separated the town center from the rural areas where the Arabs started settling. People who worked or lived out of the wall sheltered inside the wall in times of danger.