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Wander the mighty fortifications of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which played a crucial role in protecting gold shipped back to Spain by conquistadors in the New World. Originally completed in 1536 and expanded twice in the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex system of bunkers, batteries, and parapets represents one of the most formidable accomplishments in the history of Spanish military architecture. Walk the walls, explore the maze-like network of tunnels that links the different parts of the fort, and enjoy panoramic views from its highest point. You'll find little written information throughout the castle, so rent an audio guide if you want to learn about its history. Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas Reviews
We went to the fort the first morning of our trip. It was great to go early because of the heat. I suggest seeing the movie when you first arrive to the fort. Very educational that was useful for the ... more »
Visita Obligada, una construcción, admirable donde los pasadizos, dan cuenta de la ingeniería creadora de quien ideo su construcción , un excelente paseo, que se puede visitar perfvectamente, yendo en... more »Visit Obligatory, a construction, admirable where the passageways, give an account of the creative engineering of the one who ided its construction, an excellent walk, which can be visited perfectly, going on a quiet walk, from the clock tower, passing through the Pier of the Pegasus continuing by street 30 to the Castle.... where the whole road runs in thousands of different views to photograph, being a very safe area to walk.
Love, love, love this attraction. The fee was reasonable. The views are amazing and the place is big enough to wonder around for at least 2 hours. Small gift shop was higher priced but that typical. The dungeons were just spoke enough that I walked a tad faster lol. Bring water to drink as you will get your steps in.
First things first : it's not a castle, it's a fort. It's an outstanding structure and fun to visit. Do yourself a favor and pay for a guided tour. You'll learn a lot and it's way more fun than just walking around on your own.
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