Castell de Sant Ferran
Castell de Sant Ferran
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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  • permia
    40,821 contributions
    Not quite an impregnable bastion
    A pleasant walk led to a most impressive bastion. Extending across a large area, its construction began in 1753 as a defensive fortress on the border with France. An enormous moat through which a jeep was driving exemplifies the scale of the edifice. Arriving to the vast Parade Ground it was great walking through the accessible parts. Marvellous stone craft is paramount throughout. An area is set aside for art exhibitions. Photographs of the castle plus paintings by local artists were those featured, in a fine vaulted space. Despite its sturdiness, it wasn’t impregnable to the French. In 1808 early in the Peninsular War it fell to that enemy. In the early 1940s it had another darker function, serving as a prison for Republican prisoners. It ceased its role as a prison in 1997 and its new life as a exemplary museum began.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Lorrain M
    County Durham, United Kingdom163 contributions
    Gigantic!
    We visited early in the day. We walked up from town. On entry we were given a paper map and info sheet to guide us around. The fort was amazing. We enjoyed the audio visual as it gave a potted history of the site. It was great to see work being carried out to restore the site. There is no cafe or refreshments on site - take plenty of water.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • PHBNAquitaine
    France57 contributions
    Wow!
    Don’t miss the opportunity to see this if you are in the area. We had an amazing guide who took us around the huge site in a classic Land Rover. His knowledge was amazing as was his English, lucky for us as we don’t speak Spanish. His enthusiasm was infectious. If you are brave enough he’ll show you the underground water caverns too! A fabulous tour thank you.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
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Amanda F
Manchester, UK122 contributions
Jun 2022
We hadn’t heard of this castle but we had an afternoon to kill in Figueres and found it online. It’s an easy 20 minute walk from the town and costs only 4 Euros to visit but we spent a good 1.5 hours there. It’s extremely well preserved and you can practically hear the sound of the troops and horses and imagine the coaches and carts clattering in. There’s a well-signed trail to follow and an informative film at the start. if this place is not used as a film set it’s a waste! There was hardly anyone there when we visited and we’d like to encourage more people to see it.
Written June 27, 2022
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permia
Ireland40,821 contributions
Feb 2023
A pleasant walk led to a most impressive bastion. Extending across a large area, its construction began in 1753 as a defensive fortress on the border with France.

An enormous moat through which a jeep was driving exemplifies the scale of the edifice. Arriving to the vast Parade Ground it was great walking through the accessible parts. Marvellous stone craft is paramount throughout.

An area is set aside for art exhibitions. Photographs of the castle plus paintings by local artists were those featured, in a fine vaulted space.

Despite its sturdiness, it wasn’t impregnable to the French. In 1808 early in the Peninsular War it fell to that enemy.

In the early 1940s it had another darker function, serving as a prison for Republican prisoners. It ceased its role as a prison in 1997 and its new life as a exemplary museum began.
Written March 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
Moscow, Russia117,931 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The fortress was built in the 18th century for military needs as a fortification. Along the perimeter, the length of the fortress exceeds 3 kilometers. It could be used by up to six thousand people. Almost a dozen buildings for the military, stables for four and a half hundred horses - all this was inside the fortress. The power of the structure made it one of the most “shock-resistant” among its kind in all of Europe at that time.
Written December 1, 2022
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Jennie B
4 contributions
Feb 2020
My partner and I took the guided tour. We were the only 2 people on it. It was very informative and a great way to see everything. We got to explore inside the outer walls, learn about the history of the castle, and see much more than we would have been able to on foot. The best part was going in the boat in the water cisterns. It was so cool, especially when the guide had us turn all the lights off. Completely dark with just the sounds of the water- just amazing! The tour is well worth the 15 euro cost.
Written February 23, 2020
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Lorrain M
County Durham, UK163 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited early in the day. We walked up from town. On entry we were given a paper map and info sheet to guide us around. The fort was amazing. We enjoyed the audio visual as it gave a potted history of the site. It was great to see work being carried out to restore the site.
There is no cafe or refreshments on site - take plenty of water.
Written June 30, 2023
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LargeWestMids
Stourbridge, UK217 contributions
May 2022
I was warned beforehand that it is a long walk around the outside of the castle. Unfortunately on approach I took the first turning left from Figueres which resulted unintentionally in the long walk. Nevertheless it is enjoyable with the sense of history and good views. the castle exterior is furthermore well maintained.
I eventually found the actual entrance and learned about the history of the largest preserved fortification in Western Europe. A visit is highly recommended!
Written August 22, 2022
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Dania
Maastricht, The Netherlands41 contributions
Aug 2021
I was intrigued to visit this castle by the fact that it is one of the biggest but honestly expectations were not met. There is no much too see, documentation is pretty poor and the place is just deserted. The only thing that left me an impression is the room with arches where the horses were kept. Other than that, I felt it was a waste of time.
Written September 3, 2021
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PHBNAquitaine
France57 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this if you are in the area. We had an amazing guide who took us around the huge site in a classic Land Rover. His knowledge was amazing as was his English, lucky for us as we don’t speak Spanish. His enthusiasm was infectious. If you are brave enough he’ll show you the underground water caverns too! A fabulous tour thank you.
Written January 25, 2024
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Jean-Michel C
5 contributions
Jul 2019
I loved this castle which is really a large military fortress built in the eighteenth century. We walked everywhere and my kids loved it, there are so many intriguing spot to see. Below is the place where they kept the horses, really big place. This place is frozen in time, the view is superbe. Great places to take pictures.
Written January 7, 2020
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Alan M
Dublin, Ireland28 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Sant Ferran Castle is about two kilometres (uphill!) from the town of Figures in Catalonia. The castle the largest surviving fortress in Europe and dates from the 16th Century. It is a great example of defensive engineering from that time but be warned it is huge, so there will be lots of walking.
The interactive elements for tourists are fairly low key and, apart from a short multi-lingual video presentation near the gate it's pretty much a case of follow the map and explore the castle for yourself. The views are quite spectacular as the castle was sited to command the surrounding countryside and defend a pass into France over the Pyrenees. If you're a history buff, like myself, though, you'll enjoy just exploring the castle and breathing in the past.
Written September 18, 2018
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