{puerto rico} san juan la fortaleza

June 1, 2017

La Fortaleza, also known as El Palacio de Santa Catalina, may have a name that makes it sound like a military fort and considering how popular forts are in San Juan you’d think La Fortaleza were just another one, but it’s not. Well, at least it’s not anymore. La Fortaleza was in fact Puerto Rico’s original fortress, but became home to the colony’s governors for much time after that. Now, its El Palacio name is more accurate since this 1533 mansion is an imposing iron gated building with Moorish gardens, a chapel, and even a dungeon.

While free to enter, you have to go in with a tour. These tour times I’ve heard change regularly so it’s important to go to the tour office early in the day to find out when they will be touring (and in what languages: English or Spanish) at what times.

Read about our other Puerto Rican adventures here: fajardovieques beginningsvieques beachesvieques eatsvieques goodbyesan juan sightingssan juan san cristobalsan juan bacardi

A San Juan photo adventure:

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2 Responses to “{puerto rico} san juan la fortaleza”

  1. annalice said

    did you take the tour in english or spanish? haha

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