Castillo San Gabriel

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Arrecife , Lanzarote, 35500

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expert-rated things to do in Lanzarote
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History

Expert review of Castillo San Gabriel

Historic castle in the centre of the capital, reached along an atmospheric causeway.

I love the walk along the pedestrian causeway and over the little drawbridge, Puente de las Boles (there is another one for vehicles) to reach this hulking castle sitting out to sea. Built in the last years of the 19th-century to protect the island from pirate attacks, the Castillo San Gabriel is located in a key position almost in the centre of Lanzarote's capital. Imposing cannons stand sentinel at the entrance – walk inside to see the cramped castle quarters which house a small archaeological museum.

Expert tips: 
Don't confuse this with Arrecife's other castle – Castillo San Jose.
Despite the advertised times, opening times can be erratic.

More information on Castillo San Gabriel:

Price guide:
Castle / palace
Arrecife , Lanzarote, 35500
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tues–Fri 10am–1pm, 4pm–7pm, Sat 10am–1pm.

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