El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan

El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan (must see)

Fort San Felipe del Morro, or El Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Spanish, is a 16th century citadel on the northwestern-most point of San Juan. Named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, the fort was designed to guard the entrance to San Juan bay and defend the city from seaborne invaders. In 1983, it was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Over two million visitors a year explore the windswept ramparts and passageways, making the fort one of Puerto Rico's main attractions. The construction of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and its surrounding walls began in 1539 when King Charles V of Spain authorized its construction. Many complex additional new structures were added to El Morro over the next 400 years to keep up with the new military technologies. For example, El Morro's outer walls, which were originally constructed six meters thick, were augmented to 18 feet (5.5 m) thickness by the end of the 18th century. Moreover, in 1680, Governor Enrique Enríquez de Sotomayor began the construction of the walls surrounding the city of San Juan, which took 48 years to build.
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Sight Name: El Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Sight Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Juan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Juan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Juan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
East Old San Juan Walking Tour

East Old San Juan Walking Tour

East Old San Juan is a popular tourist area that is home to several interesting historical sites, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, El Capitolio, Casa De España and Monumento de la Recordación Take the following tour to discover the fascinating attractions located in Old San Juan’s east end!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan proudly features the country’s oldest quarters and historic buildings. In addition to containing the oldest occupied residence in the Western Hemisphere, visitors can also admire the old City Hall, the Cristo Chapel, Convento de los Dominicos, historic El Arsenal and many other fascinating attractions. Take the following tour to see the most popular and famous historic buildings in San...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
East San Juan Walking Tour

East San Juan Walking Tour

East San Juan contains many great attractions, including San Gerónimo Fort, Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, beautiful statues and the best art galleries and museums. Take the following tour to discover the most interesting places in San Juan's east end!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour

Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour

Old San Juan is packed with historical places, among which are the city’s old squares. Many of them house beautiful fountains, prominent monuments and wonderful sculptures which depict the rich history of this amazing city. Check out San Juan’s most popular historical squares in the next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Old San Juan Walk

Old San Juan Walk

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is a lovely historic city with a wealth of colorful Spanish colonial architecture. The most notable landmarks include 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, rising above the ocean, and the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade. To explore San Juan's most prominent sights, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles

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