Castillo de San Sebastian, Cadiz

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The Castle of San Sebastián is a fortress located in Cádiz, Spain, at the end of La Caleta beach on a small island separated from the main city. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1993.HistoryAccording to the classical tradition of the location of the fortress, there was a Temple of Kronos, a Titan of the Greek gods, the father of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter and Hera. In 1457, a chapel on the island was raised by a Venetian boat crew recovering from the plague. In 1706, a castle was constructed, which resulted in a fortified enclosure of an irregular plane. It defended the northern flank of the city from attack. At the base of the lighthouse was a watchtower from the Muslim period. The lighthouse has an iron structure designed by Rafael de la Cerda in 1908 and is the second electric powered lighthouse in Spain. The tower rises to 41 meters above the sea.Interestingly, in 1811 the Maltese navy arrived with the famous POW/rebel Junta of Buenos Aires, Juan Bautista Azopardo. He was housed in the fortress until 1815, when they suspected a leak and transferred him to the military prison in Ceuta.In 1860, a levee was built to serve as a link between the island and the city. On June 25 of 1985, Castillo de San Sebastian was declared a cultural landmark.
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  • Interesting stone street from Playa de Caleta towards to the sea. The fortress is great and there are splendid seaviews. There are some large restoration works because the fortress needs urgent renova...  more »
  • The quiality Castle works as a space for exhibitions and concerts, but it is worth approaching to visit him. It is at one end of the La Caleta Beach, on a small island and must pass a bridge to get, admission is free and the views are magnificent.
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  • I let down a little, there is a more than 1 km walk is up to Castle, once there is not so much. Is this a little abandoned Castle and the slightly dilapidated lighthouse, the best views
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  • Went there for a morning jog. Lovely surroundings, by the sea. Its a decently maintained Castle/Fort and offers beautiful views of the sea.
  • The air and walk is pleasant and windy but the actual Castillo is not really much and quite desolate. A bit Alcatraz! Not much to see of interest or history. None the less a good walk and view from the elevated platform which surrounds the lighthouse into the sea. Access via a ramp which is good but cobbled floor along the way to get there so maybe not suitable for wheelchairs etc. Very little shade or seating but has a toilet.
  • Honestly not the much to see here and there aren't really any good views, cool to see the tide go up and down as you walk out though
  • Fantastic views of the city and an architectonical delight!
  • Expected something else. Nice place to take a walk near the ocean

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