It was nice to tour Old San Juan. The old part of this city is truly made for walking. At only 1×2 miles you can easily cover most of the old town in 1/2 a day. This is the location to the oldest “western” history in the New World. Buildings date back to the 1520’s. The Cristobal Fort is a highlight with fantastic views overlooking the ocean especially when those big tropical billowing white clouds build up in the distance. Construction on this fort was begun by the Spanish in 1539 and it covers 27 acres; its not small! A series of tunnels built by the Spanish army are a highlight of a visit.
Did you know famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon is buried in San Juan Cathedral. His marble tomb is here – in a room next door is a beautiful painting of a modern refreshing painting Madonna and children (note the children’s skin color) – don’t see a painting like that in Europe very often!
Old town is very picturesque with colorful buildings and Spanish styled architecture. Don Q Rum is one of several Rum producers on the island. They have a tasting room in Old San Juan. Its fairly easy to leave a tasting here with a good “buzz” going – especially after sampling some of their 12 year old barrel aged 80% spirits! A top restaurant here is Toro Salao Tapas Restaurant. Outdoor and indoor seating – live guitar music at times. Wonderfully cooked small dishes – a restaurant with a true tribute to the Spanish heritage.
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