1,000 Words in Pictures of Old San Juan

1,000 Words in Pictures of Old San Juan

A view from El Morro with Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in sight

While there are lots of things to do in San Juan Puerto Rico, there’s nothing like exploring its heart. When we visited last spring, we spent the majority of our short getaway there discovering the sites of Old San Juan. As the country’s oldest settlement and the city’s historic colonial section, Old San Juan is the pulse of the city. With its cobblestone roads, vividly-colored buildings, great restaurants, and massive forts juxtaposed with its quaint shops, there’s nothing not to love about Old San Juan. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

Castillo de San Cristóbal

This is the largest fort built by the Spanish in the New World that at one time wrapped around the entire city…

A replica of Columbus’ ship, Santa Maria


Lunch at Punto de Vista

I’ve already talked all about the mofongo at this restaurant. Just look at it in all of its porky, garlicky glory…

The Walk to El Morro

And then, there it was…

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

This is a World Heritage Site and fort named after King Philip II of Spain designed to protect the entrance to San Juan Bay…

Hi Jave!


Dinner & Dessert at Café Puerto Rico

Arroz con pollo
Divine tres leches cake



Have you been to Old San Juan?

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  • Love love love San Juan! I got married at El Convento in Old San Juan! The food, the beaches, the architecture – so amazing!

    • Dana Carmel

      Lucky you – Old San Juan would be a beautiful place to get married! I can only imagine how amazing your wedding pictures must be. Thanks for reading.

  • Wonderful photos. Old San Juan is my favorite place on the planet.

    • Dana Carmel

      Old San Juan is very special. Bright, beautiful buildings, historic sites, cobbled roads, all right by the ocean – what’s not to love. Glad you enjoyed these pics!

  • It is strange to think of the Spanish being so far away from their homeland, and building the biggest fort in the world. So many great photos. The one of Jave – the one of the grassed fort area full of picknickers – and all the ones with the coloured houses.

    • Dana Carmel

      I know – they took such great measures to defend “their” territory. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

  • I’ve heard about the fort and it sure looks like it’s worth a visit. Love the multi-coloured houses in your street shot.

    • Dana Carmel

      Yes – both of the forts are worth visiting, but especially El Morro. Thanks for your comment!

  • We enjoyed our time in Old San Juan, too. Your pictures reminded me of how beautiful that area is. And I am a big fan of mofongo, too.

    • Dana Carmel

      I agree, Michele. San Juan is such a great city – it’s beautiful and the people are friendly. I’m looking forward to spending more time in PR in the future! Thanks for your comment.

  • Interesting article..

    • Dana Carmel


  • Nice photos. I love the vibrant colors that are found in Latin America.

    • Dana Carmel

      Oh, me too! The architecture, the colors, and the food. Thanks for your comment!

  • I guess I never realized how the fort in San Juan was the largest Spanish built one in the New World, interesting. And of course, that pork and garlicky dish looks so tempting!

    • Dana Carmel

      I definitely want to go back to Puerto Rico and explore the island in more depth and to eat more mofongo…drool… 😉


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