Fortress of San Sebastian

Fortress of San Sebastian

Fortress of San Sebastian

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Stroll along the cobbles on the sea to reach this spectacular castle that contains one of Spain’s earliest electric lighthouses.

The Fortress of San Sebastián is an 18th-century castle overlooking the rugged coastline of Caleta Bay. It stands on the supposed location of the Temple of Kronos from Greek mythology. Capture photos of the fascinating castle and its electric lighthouse with the sea in the background.

Admire the preserved walls of this impressive fortress, built beginning in 1706 to defend the northern section of the city. Consider its unusual shape and floor plan, which provides a scenic locale with a backdrop of the rocks in the sea. The fortress has been used as a setting for movies several times.

Enter through the gate at the end of a stone bridge. Discover the lighthouse that was built in 1908 on the base of a Moorish watchtower. At the time, it was Spain’s second electric lighthouse. Gaze up at its summit, which is 135 feet (41 meters) high.

Wander along the quaint cobbled bridge, known as the Fernando Quiñones Promenade. It extends from the historic town center to the castle. Relax here as the sun sets over the horizon at dusk and the sky’s hues darken. In the evening, lamps illuminate this charming trail over the sea.

Enjoy the excellent views of the water and the Old Town from this pathway. Watch fishermen patiently awaiting their catch beside the walls of the castle.

Today, the fortress contains small exhibits detailing its history. Attend a concert or event taking place in this fascinating setting. Note that the site, which is free to enter, opens daily from morning until night.

The Fortress of San Sebastián is on the peninsula that stretches to the west of Cádiz. Walk west for about 20 minutes from the heart of the historic center and pass picturesque La Caleta Beach to reach it. Visit nearby landmarks, such as the Plaza José Macías Rete, the Valcarcel and Cádiz University.

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