The best castles in Lanzarote

In the Canary Islands you can not only find a sun and beach destination during practically the whole year, but each of them also has many other things to offer you. One of them is Lanzarote, which is the most volcanic island and where you can find a landscape full of contrasts thanks to its beaches and volcanoes. This island belongs to the province of Las Palmas and its capital is Arrecife, which is where the only airport on the island is located.

Among the many places of interest on the island, I would like to highlight its castles, undoubtedly one of its great attractions and which have a very unique beauty thanks to the landscape that surrounds them, which is not usually the typical green setting that usually surrounds others. castles. These are some of the castles of Lanzarote:

San Gabriel Castle

It is from the 16th century and was built to defend the Arrecife Port, although soon after it was destroyed by a pirate in an invasion (year 1586). In the year 1599 it was completely rebuilt and began to be used for military purposes until more or less the year 1950. It is currently home to the Archaeological Museum.

San José Castle

It was built in 1799 and also with the aim of defending the port from pirate attacks. He never suffered a real military threat and was used as a powder keg until 1974. Since then it is the International Museum of Contemporary Art and it also has a restaurant.

Santa Barbara Castle

It is also known as Guanapay since it is in the Guanapay volcano. It was built in the 16th century to take advantage of a watchtower that had been standing since the previous century. It suffered several attacks with many damages at various times, and was remodeled in the year 1590. Since 1991 it houses the Museum of the Canary Emigrant, where you can discover the history of the island and also a good part of that of the archipelago.

Eagle Castle

Is in the papagayo coast, one of the most tourist areas of the island, and was built in 1741 to protect the entire Rubicon area. It burned down due to an Algerian invasion and was rebuilt in 1769. It is circular and one of the most beautiful on the island.

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