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  • Address: Calle de la Cruz, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Hours: Tours Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm
  • Admission: US$3

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La Fortaleza (Palacio de Santa Catalina)

The Wedgwood blue and white Santa Catalina Palace was built in 1533 and makes an impressive sight as you approach through a narrow Old San Juan street. While the building exudes an air of calm authority, it occupies a site that was long one of the most contested strategic positions in the Caribbean: La Fortaleza. And you can still see stone fortifications built by the Spanish, brooding above the waves.

La Fortaleza is today the Governor of Puerto Rico’s residence, and the oldest functioning executive mansion in the Western Hemisphere. Consequently, you can’t roam the building at will, but a tour will take you through the palace’s dungeon and chapel, as well as the lush gardens.

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La Fortaleza is in the heart of Old San Juan. Nearby Fuerte San Cristóbal is another great place to explore San Juan’s centuries-old fortifications.

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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 296 Reviews

Discover the rich heritage of Puerto Rico and wander the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan — one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the world — ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99
Old San Juan Walking Tour, San Juan, Half-day Tours
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 89 Reviews

Discover the beauty of Old San Juan with writer David Rodríguez, author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Barbate. Tour Old San Juan's most important ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $40.00
Old San Juan Segway Tour, San Juan, Walking Tours
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Old San Juan Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Glide through Old San Juan’s 500 years of history on this 2-hour tour by Segway. Known as ‘The Walled City,’ Old San Juan was founded as a military stronghold ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.69
Walking Tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Segway Tours
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Do you want to explore and learn about Old San Juan, the historical town? With this tour you get what you are looking for! You will see lots of interesting, ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

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