Castle reenactment in Castillort de la Duquesa

Manilva’s Councillor for Culture Fina Gómez, along with the historical reenactment society Manzanares-Estepona 1831, has organised a weekend of events from the 15th to 17th September, celebrating key moments in Manilva’s history, including a reenactment of the 1810 storming of the French garrison in the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa, by an Anglo-Spanish force, aided by local militia.

Taking part will be around a dozen historical reenactment societies from across Andalucia.


Friday, 15th September – Villa Matilde

7.30 – Presentation of the event including opening speech, followed by the presentation of the various associations, and a glass of wine for those attending.

Saturday, 16th September – The Castle

12 noon – Parade by the ‘troops’

12.30 – Opening of the recreation

12.45 – First scenario

1 pm – First assault on the Castle.

1.15 pm – Assault on the Castle: British troops disembark on the beach in front of Castillo de la Duquesa, and storm the Castle with the help of Spanish soldiers and the local populace, and expel the French troops that were occupying the building.

The assault involves numerous weapons including muskets, pistols, blunderbusses, and cannon.

1.45 pm – End of the assault.

Sunday, 17th September – Manilva Town

12 noon – Parade through the streets of Manilva Town, beginning at the Multi-use Pavilion, next to the football ground, passing through various streets before arriving at the Plaza de la Vendimia where there will be various historical recreations.

2 pm – Final act with the local council and the presidents of the various associations taking part.

See the promotional video below:

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