Castillo San Felipe is a small stone castle next to Playa Jardín. It was built in the seventeenth century to protect Puerto de la Cruz from pirates’ attacks. It was also very important for ships seeking refuge in Puerto de la Cruz.
The construction of the castle began in 1641 and ended in 1655. Castillo San Felipe has a pentagon shape. The second floor of the castle enabled the accomodation of about 35 soldiers. For additional protection the castle was equipped with three iron cannons.
Throughout its history the castle was also used as a hospital, nursing home, stock, shooting club and restaurant.
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