The Castillo de San Gabriel can be located in Arrecife, in the east of Lanzarote. Specifically, it is located in the small village of Islote de los Ingleses. Translated, Castillo de San Gabriel means “Castle of Saint Gabriel”, and it was originally built as a wooden fortress for defence purposes, before being burned down by Berber pirates.
The stone building, which still stands today, was constructed in the 16th Century and played a pivotal role in protecting the local harbour and town. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1972, Castillo de San Gabriel has become an immensely popular tourist attraction, particularly those who are interested in military history.
The castle is open every Tuesday to Saturday at various times of the day for visitors to immerse themselves in its rich history. Located right beside the ocean, Castillo de San Gabriel also offers spectacular sea views for visitors to take in.