The Fortress of San Juan de Ulua is located on a small island of the same name located in the Gulf of Mexico in front of the port of the city of Veracruz (north of the boardwalk and next to the shipyards). At the time of the conquest of America, the city was known as the City of Tables because the small town had been built mostly with woods rescued from the wrecks in the area.
The coral rocks that abounded in the vicinity were used to build it. The fortress was endowed with better defenses and in the year 1568 it was possible to repel an attack of English privateers in command of the fearsome pirate Francis Drake, given its operational effectiveness.
Going through the five hundred years of history, visitors can view the two towers, the great room of arms, cells, dungeons, courtyards, the cistern and the cellars.Places nearby:
The Zocalo: The Center of Mexican Life 185 km / 115 mi
Cholula's Great Pyramid: The Largest Man-Made Pyramid In All The World 228 km / 142 mi
Palacio de Bellas Artes: Mexico City's Cultural and Theatrical Dynamo 316 km / 196 mi
Casa Trotsky: A House Rich in History 318 km / 197 mi
Museo Tamayo: Mexico City's Contemporary Art Museum 321 km / 199 mi