Posts Tagged ‘Castillo de San Felipe’

Arte exposición: éxtasis de Nuria Meseguer

March 14, 2013
éxtasis de Nuria Meseguer

éxtasis de Nuria Meseguer

I never actually found this art exhibition open. The only reason I was able to view it was because I was at a concert in Castillo de San Felipe.

The way the paintings were hung, gave the impression they were floating in front of the walls.

Castillo de San Felipe, an old colonial fort, is now used as cultural space, art, exhibitions, theatre, music, concerts

Castillo de San Felipe

March 11, 2013

El Castillo de San Felipe, on the edge of Playa Jardín, is a 17th century colonial style fort which used to protect the town from attacks by corsairs and pirates. It is one of three fortifications which used to exist in the town.

Built under Phillip IV between 1630 and 1644. Subsequently abandoned and allowed to fall into ruin after the flood of 1826, as its original purpose as a defence against English privateers was no longer needed.

Apart from guarding the town, the castle also guarded a small harbour located at the mouth of the Barranco de San Felipe. It was this that gave the castle its original name – Castillo del Puerto Viejo.

Castillo de San Felipe is now used as a cultural space for exhibitions, music recitals and drama.

Finding it open is a problem. Only three times have I found it open but was not allowed in, changing art exhibition, rehearsals (twice).

A very misearble man manning it, a typical council jobsworth.

Yesterday it was open, or should have been open. There was due a midday recital, but it was cancelled due to illness of the pianist. A miserable woman, another typical jobsworth, refuused to let anyone in to the art exhibition, even though they had made the effort to tun up for the midday concert. Her unhelpful attitude was one of ´come back Tuesday´.

Alejandro Possetto

February 22, 2013

Alejandro Possetto en Playa Jardín

Alejandro Possetto en Playa Jardín

I was walking down to the beach, Playa Jardín, waves 6-9 metres tall were rolling in.

The beach was surprisingly deserted, I have never seen it so empty, except in the evenings. But then the streets in Puerto de la Cruz are deserted too.

I was walking along the beach to Castillo de San Felipe, I wanted to see the custodian to obtain more information on their Sunday midday concerts.

I stopped at a beachside cafe to see if they still had Sunday concerts. My question was ignored, then I was grabbed by the very man I was on my way to see, now working as a waiter. No, no longer Sunday music.

I carried on, as I approached Castillo de San Felipe, wonderful Spanish classical guitar came drifting across.

It was Alejandro Possetto playing outside the castle. We had a long chat. I suggested he ought be on bandcamp. He gave me one of his CDs which had been recorded in a Mallorca.

I never did find out what I wanted, Castillo de San Felipe was not open.