‘The Castle of Fun’ is inspired by Arab-Mudejár art and was built in the ’70s
MAZATLAN. – Surely you have dozens of photographs of Valentino’s, one of the most important and representative tourist spots in the port, not only because, for many years, it has served as a place of entertainment, but also because of its architecture and its castle shape. Have you ever thought about the history behind this emblematic space?
According to Enrique Vega Ayala, official chronicler of Mazatlan, it all started with the businessmen Octavio Capaceta and Tony Zamudio, they had the idea of creating a nightclub with Arab-Mudejar inspiration on the Camarón rock, (this is how the place where later Valentinos would be built).
The design and construction were entrusted to the architect Armando Galván, in the mid-70s, but the façade that you currently know was the initiative of Mrs. Anabella Capaceta and Sergio Castillo.
This new design was in charge of the architect Felipe and his brother, the engineer Hugo Mier Arrieta, in the mid-80s.
The remodeling consisted, keeping the original idea of the arabesque style, in making only one of the two windows facing the port, with a transparent dance floor, since under the rock you could see a waterfall and you danced on it.
They added the peaks to the roofs, making them higher, and added more towers to the original.
This place became the new urban design of Arab-Mudejar inspiration, it became a fashionable landscape element and a must-see place.
Years later, more discos and bars would be incorporated, such as the Cantabar, the Pista Romantica, the Sheik, and a spectacular terrace, the Solarium, and the Mikonos Piano Bar, then one of the most popular places came: Bora Bora Bar, have you ever been to a party??
In its best times, colored lights illuminated the castle, revolutionizing the theme of nightlife in Mazatlan. Inside lie hundreds of anecdotes and stories of Mazatlecos and tourists who once had fun.
For more than a decade, the Castle of Fun was nothing more than a dull space, its colored lights no longer shone and inside there was no longer any music or party.
But at the end of 2021, Punto Valentino’s was born, a rescue project where the objective was to bring the place to life. Currently today it concentrates the beach bar Onaki, Onaltika, La Mona Pizzeria, and Barezzito.
Mudejár architecture is the architecture that the Arabs developed in Spain before the reconquest. This was developed mainly in the seventh century to the sixth century XVI century; an Arab style adapted to the Christian lords of the peninsula. Therefore, the Mudejar is a hybrid style; Techniques and artistic language are frequently combined with other styles depending on the historical moment.
They are characterized by using pointed arches, horseshoe arches and pointed towers.