The best Castles in Lanzarote

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In the Canary Islands you can not only find a sun and beach destination practically all year round, but each of them also has many other things to offer you. One of them is Lanzarote , which is the most volcanic island and where you can find a landscape full of contrasts thanks to its beaches and volcanoes . This island belongs to the province of Las Palmas and its capital is Arrecife, which is where the only airport on the island is located.

Among the many places of interest on the island, I would like to highlight its castles, undoubtedly one of its great attractions and which have a very unique beauty thanks to the landscape that surrounds them, which is not usually the typical green landscape that usually surrounds others. castles. These are some of the castles in Lanzarote :

Castle of San Gabriel

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It is from the 16th century and was built to defend the Port of Arrecife , although it was destroyed shortly after by a pirate in an invasion (year 1586). In the year 1599 it was completely rebuilt and began to be used for military purposes until about 1950. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum.

Castle of San José

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It was built in 1799 and also with the aim of defending the port from pirate attacks. It never suffered a real military threat and was used as a powder magazine until 1974. Since then it is the International Museum of Contemporary Art and also has a restaurant.

Castle of Santa Barbara

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It is also known as Guanapay since it is in the Guanapay Volcano . It was built in the 16th century to take advantage of a watchtower that had been standing since the previous century. It suffered several attacks with much damage at different times, and was remodeled in 1590. Since 1991 it houses the Museum of the Canarian Emigrant, where you can discover the history of the island and also a good part of the archipelago.

Castle of the Eagle

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It is on the coast of Papagayo , one of the most touristic areas of the island, and it was built in 1741 to protect the entire Rubicón area. It was burned down by an Algerian invasion and was rebuilt in 1769. It is circular and one of the most beautiful on the island.