Castle of Sancti Petri

San Fernando, Spain

Situated on the little island, the defensive Sancti Petri fortification was once one of a series of forts that protected the inlet, Caño de Sancti Petri. Of irregular shape and in the Moorish style, it dates from the 13th century. During the 1st century, the Phoenicians settled on the island, founding a temple dedicated to Melqart, their god. When the Romans arrived they dedicated the temple to Hercules.

The castle's watchtower is the oldest building, while the walls and the interior date from the 18th century. The castle was in an advanced state of deterioration, but the authorities of the municipalities of San Fernando and Chiclana de la Frontera funded a major rehabilitation programme.



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San Fernando, Spain
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Janura Bladesbane (13 months ago)
Amazing history and a fun trip across the bay.
Osswen Cashtrain (13 months ago)
Wonderful sight. Rich history.
roberts levin (20 months ago)
Good location for sea kayak training for consistent level 3 conditions.
T F (2 years ago)
Not much to see here. When you go on monday when "entrance is free", also the single bar and the building are closed. We won't go a second time.
David Tofan (2 years ago)
Beautiful and historic island which one can visit by taking a kayak or a boat. Nice place to go with friends and have a picnic. Don’t forget your sun-cream if you go during summer!
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