Castillo de San Felipe

Visiting hours for free:

Castillo de San Felipe opening hours: Every day of the week, including holidays. Mornings: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Afternoons: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Free and open access.


Guided tour on Thursdays and Saturdays from July 15 to September 10, at 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, August 12 and 19, the visit will be dramatized.

Price: €10 (children under 10 free). The cost is for the guide service, not for visiting the castle, which is owned by the Ferrol City Council.

Starting point: entrance of San Felipe Castle.

Places: minimum 6 and maximum 50.

This visit is not accessible

This visit last 1 hour and a half.

Previous reservation necessary at or at



It is the most important military construction in Ferrol. Located opposite La Palma Castle (in Mugardos) and the former castle of San Martiño, the three fortifications made the Estuary of Ferrol impregnable – a sort of  “triangle of fire” that no enemy power dared to attack. At night, the castles of San Felipe and La Palma were linked by a chain in order to prevent the passage of enemy ships. Admiral Pitt was reportedly quoted saying that if Britain had an ría like this with its castles, they would protect it with a silver wall.

In 1557 the construction of the castle began sponsored by Philip II, from which it takes its name. All in all, the building that is preserved today is from the 18th Century, when its last major renovation took place. The main works of the castle were finally finished in 1775. San Felipe is considered to be a 18th-century example of a “bulwark-filled battery”.

This design had, on the one hand, a zone of cannon batteries directed to the sea, and on the other hand, a system of bulwarks -or protruding walls- covering the flanks of the curtains (the front walls).These bastions were used to repel attacks by land.

San Felipe is in constant process of restoration. It surprises visitors both for its constructive scheme and for the beautiful views of the estuary that can be seen from its location.

Download brochure

Folleto Castillo San Felipe


This post is also available in: Spanish Galician

Este sitio web utiliza cookies para que vostede teña a mellor experiencia de usuario. Se continúa navegando está dando o seu consentimento para a aceptación das mencionadas cookies e a aceptación da nosa política de cookies, prema no enlace para maior información.

Aviso de cookies