Historic military castles and trenches in Ferrol

Ferrol, Galicia, Spain

My roommate’s dad took me to the history military castles and trenches located on the entrance of the ocean inlet into Ferrol. Ferrol is one of the most important military port towns in all of Spain, and these castles and trenches were pretty serious! I saw Castillo de la Palma and Castillo de San Filipe (the two castles on either side of the entrance to the ocean inlet), Montefaro (military fort), Monasterio de Santa Catalina (where nuns lived – now a military building) and the town of Mugardos. It’s hard to explain each thing here, so you can look at the descriptions of the pictures.

Castillo de la Palma (Palm Castle)

Palm plant outside the Castillo de la Palma
Castillo de la Palma (deck) and Castillo de San Filipe (far left)
Castillo de la Palma
Castillo de San Filipe
Entrance into ocean from Ferrol
Entrance into Ferrol from ocean
Guarding the Monastero de Santa Catalina
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
This is actually really interesting – from what I understood, a pig and a bear were symbols of two different noble families in the area. This pig is outside the main building of the Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Main building of Monasterio de Santa Catalina – The first floor was for horses and other animals, the second for kitchen and living areas, and the third for the nuns – each window represents one room for each nun used for prayer and meditation.
Montefaro – old military fort
Beautiful view of the ocean from Montefaro
Kind of hard to see, but the darkest tower that’s off to the right is the Torre de Hercules – a 2000 year old lighthouse built in the Roman era.
Within the trenches of Montefaro
Within the trenches of Montefaro
Looking into a living area for soldiers back in the day
One last stop in the town of Mugardos – so beautiful!

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