Castillo de San Gabriel
Castillo de San Gabriel
3.5

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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
There are two main reasons to walk out to the Castillo de San Gabriel. One is for the views, the other is to visit the very informative Museum of History. The castle in its actual shape was built after plans by the Lombard Leonardo Torriani, engineer of King Philip II. Although rather small it helped to protect the town from pirate attacks, unlike the previous constructions on this site.

There are two causeways, both cobblestoned, that lead from the town to the Castillo. The old one from 1771, called 'Puente de las Bolas', has a drawbridge. The newer one from the mid-19th century goes past the Castillo to a reef as a protection of of the harbour. There is a sandy beach by the castle, which gets used mainly by locals.

In front of the entrance to the Castillo are two cannons. Entering the gate I was lucky that in the month of February there were no other visitors inside the museum, which has to adapt in the presentation of its objects to the protected architecture of the defence work. The museum consists in a great part of excellent information boards, although in Spanish only. It is not just about history as the name suggests, but also about nature, economy and culture.

From the museum it is worth going to the rooftop with a bell arch and more cannons for some great views towards Arrecife with the bell tower of the San Ginés church or in the other direction towards the reefs ('arrecife' in Spanish), that have give the town its name.
Written January 8, 2023
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lizrowley
Arthog, UK326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This museum and art gallery offers an excellent summary of the geology, fauna and history of Lanzarote. The fort has been adapted well and the only small problem is that all the graphics are in Spanish. However, at the entrance a guide is able to give a potted version of what is on offer in an impressive range of languages. It is also worth climbing up the steep steps to look at the wonderful views from the roof and imagine what it must have felt like to see the marauding pirates coming to the island, yet again!
Written November 20, 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Castillo de San Gabriel is a castle located in the coast, where nowadays there is the museum of the history of the island. It is located in Arrecife, the main town of Lanzarote. The castle is nice and really the exposition is small, but so interesting to learn the history of islands and the formation of them. You can learn about piracy, the conquest of the island and some other important moments in the history. Very interesting.
Written November 28, 2022
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2017Ravs4
Crickhowell, UK133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Before entering we were given a talk on the history and the items in museum, which was very interesting. It was a shame all the information boards in the museum were in Spanish only. Well worth a visit, a lovely walk to get there and great views.
Written February 28, 2023
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James G
Birkenhead, UK649 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The cash register was still not working,they allowed us in free,but I chose to make a contribution anyway.This in an attractive little castle,nice to find it in a place where any history gets obscured by all that modern development.The location is very fine,accessed via causeways,it has some fine old cannons in front of it,and its roof affords good views of the town waterfront.The man in charge was able to give a short history in English(and no doubt he is proficient in several languages).There are good displays in the castle,and so much written info(sadly only in Spanish).
Written January 18, 2022
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Not too far from the cruise ship terminal. The Castillo de San Gabriel was first built in 1574 in order to defend Arrecife Harbour. Now an archaeological museum. The castle is interesting but it's a real pity that all the detailed information boards scattered around the inside of the building are solely in Spanish. Nevertheless worth checking out if in the area.
Written March 29, 2023
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Fletch68
Liverpool, UK70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Docked here on the cruise and got off for a walk round the city. It’s picturesque as it’s a sea fishing port. The town centre was fairly busy and had a few cafes in the Main Street. The main attraction was the Castillo of SAN Gabriel and it was interesting to read of the history. apart from that there is nothing else exciting going on here.
Written February 12, 2020
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alibatty🦇
Dundee, UK18,127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
A very pleasant walk to the fort, and great viewpoint for taking in the sweeping sea views and looking back on the city.Unfortunately there was a glut of tourists when we were there & we didn't fancy the queue, so can't pass info on the interior ( though we heard fellow Brits less -than- impressed comments), and instead admired the vista whist listening to a talented busker playing the guitar melodiously.
Written December 4, 2018
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Marek U
Warsaw, Poland371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
They official sources say, that islanders have been scaring off pirates with these two cannons for years. I sympathize with them :) - pirates.
Written September 29, 2017
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Matt R
Manchester, UK1,012 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
We stopped off to have a little look at this castle on our day trip to Arrecife, I enjoyed having a look around the outside of the building, it would have been nice to go inside it and have a look out to sea from the top of the castle (not sure if that is possible as you can't see inside it). Was one of only a few highlights in Arrecife which was otherwise a disappointing place to visit.
Written June 8, 2016
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