In Old San Juan, one of the best places to see is “The Old Fort” (as everyone seems to call it). It’s real name is Castillo San Cristóbal, or Fort San Cristóbal. It was originally built by Spanish soldiers in 1783, and warded of several attacks by both land and sea in its storied history.
The amazing part, is that the fort was built right into the cliffside – into and under the hill Cerro de la Horca. There are ramparts built right into the rock, with ancient cannons pointed seaward, and crashing waves below.
But as you wander through the castle-like structure, the stone halls, stairways, and courtyards suddenly open onto a huge rolling green hillsides that beg you to run down them.
There are also incredible views of the entire city of San Juan from the fort as well.
We spent a couple hours walking around, taking it all in. It is a perfect place to take some fantastic photos….
….but there is also a fairly strong wind off the ocean too, that will destroy a hairstyle.
A final note – there are large iguanas crawling all around the fort. We were assured they would run away form us, but we did not find them so inclined. On the contrary, I think they are intent on trying to take back the cliffside from human interlopers. They were too fast, and too icky for a photo – but consider yourself warned!