|Founded by||Hermogenes Lopez Formoso|
|Elevation||44 m (144 ft)|
|Population (2011 Census)|
|Time zone||UTC -3|
|Dial plan||+598 4475 (+4 digits)|
The city is located on the junction of Route 9 with Route 16, about 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast of the city of Rocha. Other settlements in the area include Barrio Torres, about one kilometre southeast of Castillo, La Esmeralda, several kilometres to the northeast and Aguas Dulces several kiloemtres to the southeast along the Route 16.
Castillo is located in the eastern part of the department of Rocha. The land is low lying, located not far from the coast, with an average altitude of 44 metres. Laguna de Castillo is located to the southwest of the city, while north of it is the Cerro de los Rocha.
It was founded on 19 April 1866 under the name "San Vicente de Castillos", derived from the chapel San Vicente Mártir de Castillos. On 3 May 1909, its status was elevated to "Villa" (town) by decree Ley N° 3.453, and on 3 November 1952, to "Ciudad" (city) by decree Ley N° 11.875.
In 2011 Castillos had a population of 7,541.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
The main plaza of the town is called Plaza Artigas and there is a cemetery in the southeast of town near the junction of Routes 9 and 16. Most of the streets are named after prominent dates in Uruguayan history and heroic figures, e.g. 25 de Mayo and General Rivera.
As of 2011, the local mayor is Raúl Servetto.
Places of worship
- "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004) (see also "San Vicente de Castillos")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.[dead link]
- "LEY N° 11.875". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1952. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "Censos 2011 Cuadros Rocha". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Inicio / MUNICIPIOS DE URUGUAY". Congreso de Intendes. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2011.