Thursday, November 17, 2011

Old San Juan

Fort San Felipe del Morro
We spent our last day in Puerto Rico wandering around Old San Juan - the 16th century, Spanish Colonial city. Most of Old San Juan is still walled and it is book-ended by two historic forts. We walked through the blue cobblestone streets and came upon Fort San Felipe del Morro(above). Laura commented that we could have spent a whole day just there. We then followed the old city walls along the ocean to Fort San Cristóbal.
Old San Juan
Old San Juan from Fort San Felipe del Morro.

Old San Juan
Many of the buildings are original and anything new has been built in the Spanish colonial style - they now mostly house restaurants and shops on their lower levels. Old San Juan is definitely touristy - but in the best way possible. It was definitely worth taking a one day break from the beach to check out the sights of Old San Juan.  If I ever find myself back in Puerto Rico it would warrant a second visit to check out all that I didn't have time to see.... 
Fort San Felipe del Morro I
Soldiers QuartersLearning Laura
More photos in my Puerto Rico Set on flickr.

1 comment:

TimJayFitz said...

I remember seeing a photo of Fort San Felipe del Morro in a history textbook when I was a kid and I always wished I could see it in person one day. I was not let down.