The Castillo de Santa Catalina is located in the area of La Caleta beach, in Cádiz. It was built by order of Philip II at the end of the 16th century, following the Anglo-Dutch assault.
It is a polygonal castle that served as a model for other American castles. The area of the castle that faces the sea is shaped like a star with three points. The area that gives ground, presents a wall canvas with a door in the center with two semi-borders. To enter you have to cross a pit by a drawbridge and a stable one.
At the end of the 17th century, Carlos II ordered the construction of the Chapel dedicated to Santa Catalina, from which the castle takes its name. At the end of the 18th century it was used as a prison for distinguished characters such as Spanish liberal politicians or the American independence fighters.
Barracks, pavilions, warehouses and reservoirs are preserved, but nowadays it has fun-cultural functions. It has rooms dedicated to local history and interpretation of La Caleta beach and marine activities. There are also rooms for temporary exhibitions and art and pedagogical workshops for schoolchildren. During the summer season, concerts are held in the Patio de Armas.
The castle opens daily from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. In summer it closes an hour later. Free entrance.