A 16th-century fort in Puerto de la Cruz, impressive for its history and its views.
An old bastion against pirates.
Located in the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz, San Felipe was one of four castles located in different parts of the island for its defense. Built in the 16th century, it played an important role in repelling attacks from pirates which were common in the Atlantic in the 16th and 17th centuries (and where there were pirates, there are legends of buried treasure, and Tenerife is no exception); the cannons that played a role in that defense are still on display here. In the 19th century the fort was used as a sanatorium and nursing facility. Its location in the upper district of Puerto de la Cruz, over the famous Playa Jardín (Garden Beach) assures impressive views indeed.