Torre del Águila (Eagle’s Tower) is in the south of Lanzarote, making it the only defensive structure built in this part of the island. It’s very close to Las Colaradas Beach, in the small town of Las Coloradas, so the tower is also known as Castillo de las Colaradas (Las Coloradas Castle).
Its construction was planned in the mid-18th Century, in 1741, in order to protect the island from the constant pirate attacks it was subject to at the time. It then had to be rebuilt a few decades later, in 1761, after being destroyed by Algerian troops.
Architecturally, Torre del Águila is a circular-shaped building, built mainly in quarry stone, with small details made from Canary pine wood. Inside, there is a dormitory for soldiers and three rooms, including storage for gunpowder and two cisterns.