The Artillery Park is a military area with batteries, tunnels and ramps that connect with the maritime zone on the perimeter of the site. The gardens that surround them were created in the 20th century.
In the lower area, you can visit the fortifications built in the time of Philip II, in the last quarter of the 16th century, in order to modernise the defences of the medieval castle and combat the attacks of pirates and the Turkish Navy, who posed a great threat on the Levante coast at the time.
The upper area of fortifications and gardens connects with the medieval castle and with the lighthouse enclosure.
The medieval world is entirely distinct from that of the Renaissance, the time of Charles V and his son Phillip II, who ordered the construction of these ramparts at the height his power. This was the time when "the sun never set" on the Spanish empire. His death would mark the beginning of the decline of the empire, but at the time it was the leading world power.
We suggest you begin your visit to the Park by following the explanations given below, which can also be downloaded in the app as an audio guide.
© visit the Artillery Park texts P. Balaguer -ICN Artea
The areas open to visitors, managed by the Castellón Provincial Council, comprise the castle itself and the Artillery Park, which surrounds the perimeter of the fortress overlooking the sea. Given that the two areas are not connected, access to the castle is via its only entrance located on Calle Castillo (where the ticket office is currently located) and the entrance to the Artillery Park is via Calle Santos Mártires.
During Easter and from June to September, the Provincial Council offers free guided tours, up to a maximum of 40 people, which include a tour of the Artillery Park. The guided tour to the Artillery Park departs from the lighthouse, following the wall walk and the gardens which overlook the sea and reaching the Artillery Park at the northernmost extreme of the site.
To enjoy this free tour, visitors can make use of the free audio guide service which can be downloaded from Google Play for Android devices and from the AppStore for iOS devices. Likewise, ticket purchases include a leaflet/plan to help you during your visit.
Below you will find a description of the different areas which you can visit.