5 Things Not to Miss in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is a beautiful city that has many historical sites to visit.  Blue cobblestone streets and fortresses make you feel as though you have taken a step back into history.  The people and the food only add to the magic of this historic city.  Aside from the obvious fortresses and beaches, here is a list of 5 things that you must see in Old San Juan.

1. Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

San Juan Cathedral a massive church that is located in the center of town.  Originally constructed in 1521, it has been rebuilt multiple times due to hurricanes and pirates.  The current building was finished in 1917.  The exterior of the building is quite unremarkable and plain but in the interior is incredible.

2. Tomb of Juan Ponce de León

Spanish explorer and seeker of the fountain of youth, Juan Ponce de León is buried at the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.  Just inside the main cathedral and to the left is the tomb with a lovely statue depicting a woman drinking from a fountain.

 3. La Rogativa

A seaside statue paying tribute to the women of the city, along with the bishop, who paraded through the streets at night singing hymns, carrying torches, and bells. The British mistook this as evidence that reinforcements that had arrived to protect San Juan.

 4. La Casa Estrecha (The Narrow House)

Who wouldn’t want to take a peek at one of the narrowest houses in the world… La Casa Estrecha was originally an alleyway before being built.  It is about 5 feet wide, goes back 36 feet and is two stories tall.  I have heard that this will someday be turned into an art museum. Address: 101 Calle Tetuan

 5. Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa is located on the south side of Old San Juan near Plaza de Hostos and Plaza Darcenas. This is a beautiful tree lined area to walk through and quite often there are performances and food vendors present.  We found one evening that there was a craft fair set up for some local shopping.

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