Santa Catalina Fortress

Cádiz, Spain

Santa Catalina Fortress was built on a rocky outcrop that reaches out to sea. La Caleta beach is on one side, protecting it to the northwest. Built in the 17th century, it has an Italian-style star-shaped floor-plan, and served as a military prison.


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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain


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Sheila Brooks (11 months ago)
Wonderful views out to the ocean and down on the beach from this unusual shaped castle on the coast. Lots of uneven steps to walk around the ramparts and turrets. It is well worth a visit. The best part I thought was the little chapel which had lots of character and interesting displays. Their was benches for a rest or picnic and toilets. No entrance fee.
Joseph Leigh (12 months ago)
This is a fantastic Fort that is free to enter! Incredible sea views as well as views of Cadiz, it is moderately easy to access with a pushchair (although the gravel surface can be a bit tricky outside and some areas are only accessible via stairs), there are free toilets and a tourist info shop.
Victor Acosta (17 months ago)
Thai castle have been repurposed for (and I think by) artists to make and showcase their art, but also to teach their skills to others. As with almost every piece of history in Spain, is very well maintained and preserved. The views of the bay from here are amazing, and the sunsets are to die for. I went during Ciesta time so I couldn’t enjoy any of the halls besides the all-time-opened gallery. Walk this place, get lost in their little tiny stairs and paths, explore and let yourself be amazed by what you will find.
A A (17 months ago)
Interesting place to visit, has a nice view. The entry is free.
stephen white (20 months ago)
It’s free to enter and is the oldest military fortress in Cadiz.
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