La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina, San Juan

4.1
#6 of 15 in Historic Sites in San Juan
Government Building Historic Site
Built between 1533 and 1540 as a fortress, the World Heritage-listed La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina remains the home of Puerto Rico's governor and represents one of the oldest executive mansions in the Americas. Take a guided tour to see simply yet tastefully decorated rooms and halls. Walk through the luscious gardens, which feature mosaic decorations and vistas spreading across the harbor and the old walls. For travelers who use our world travel planner, San Juan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
map
Create an itinerary including La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

Plans in San Juan by other users

6 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in San Juan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to San Juan

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in San Juan

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
168 reviews
  • Our family was just walking around San Juan and stumbled across this. It is a free tour that is given most weekdays. It is a nice, easy, not fast paced tour. The place is beautiful and we were able to...  more »
  • Whenever the government is not in session you can call ahead and book a tour of the Palacio. The building is lovely, don't miss the main staircase, and the gardens are gorgeous with a beautiful view o...  more »
  • Right in the middle of Old San Juan , at the end of Fortaleza street , with very ornate gates and lots of security . If you are lucky you can tour some of it by going into a building on the left side ...  more »