Castillo de San Felipe de Morro


Castillo de San Felipe del Morro Standing majestic in the city of San Juan is an impressive six storey castle fortress that was created to guard the city from seaward attacks, known as the Castillo de San Felipe de Morro, for short El Morro. A very strong fortress that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1933, El Morro provides amazing views of the Caribbean Seas.

There are so many things to see and do in Puerto Rico that you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this castle. Visiting this spectacular architectural structure is certainly an experience you won’t want to miss. The Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, is Old San Juan’s most familiar attraction and for over 400 years, it has protected San Juan and the shipping routes.

Take a tour of this six level fortress and stroll through its military history of Puerto Rico from the 1500s to the 20th century. Go pass the cannons which still face the ocean, and step into the guard box, to see how the soldiers used to live and work in colonial times. The fort of El Morro is under the care of the National Park Service of Puerto Rico.

To tour the El Morro castle you will have to walk across the Field of Fire, which is a large open piece of ground with lots of trees and plants. The entrance to the El Morro requires that you cross a dry moat on the drawbridge and once inside its walls, you will enter the main courtyard. Here you can imagine the soldiers standing attention as you stroll through the courtyard.

Wandering from the main courtyard to the main artillery ramp, you can view the different levels of moving cannons of the fort. Take a few more steps and sit in one of the quarters, kitchens or a blacksmith’s forge. After which make your way down from level three, as you will enter El Morro’s oldest section, which is a small tower that was built in 1539.

There are audiovisual presentations, exhibits and a bookstore to explore with the walls of the castle. Take a trip to the right and see the highest level of El Morro, which features two half bastions as well as artillery observation posts and a lighthouse.

Looking across the ocean view of stunning beauty, you can imagine the castle in its glory days as the harbour invites you to discover a bit of Puerto Rico’s history. El Morro is open for visits everyday of the week between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00pm.