Puerto Rico, an adventure in the city of San Juan.
Puerto Rico… a Commonwealth of over 143 islands and we travelled there two years ago. And ended up spending the day in the beautiful city of San Juan.
San Juan is the beating heart of history and culture in the island and the second-oldest European-founded city in the Americas. It’s undoubtedly a place where the Old World meets the new in so many interesting ways. San Juan is also a well known hub of more modern pursuits, including shopping, dining, and of course nightlife.
The festive city is the perfect place to experience true Puerto Rican culture. And to get to know its roots by exploring the vibrant neighborhood of El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan), which consists mostly of Spanish colonial buildings.
“In Old San Juan, time stands still. Candy-coloured colonial houses line the cobbled lanes that criss-cross from Plaza de Colón Square to the 17th-century San Juan Gate – once the main entrance to the walled city. All along the water’s edge, fortresses stand watch from towering cliffs, their cannons still aiming out over the sea. Just outside the old town, the rocky shoreline gives way to the soft sand of El Escambrón Beach, a sheltered and swimming spot.
San Juan’s cultural fusion is never more evident than in its food. In the city centre, upscale European restaurants sit alongside street stalls and fast food joints, while home-grown chefs like José Enrique elevate traditional cooking to fine-dining heights. The stand-out local dish is ‘mofongo’ – fried and mashed plantain stuffed with crispy bacon, chicken, or prawns.
No matter the time, one thing’s for sure – the smell of freshly roasted Puerto Rican coffee is never far away. You’ll find it served milky at breakfast, or as an afternoon pick-me-up paired with pastries in Spanish-style cafés.”
List of credits:
Photography: André Teixeira from Brancoprata
Lab: Carmencita Film Lab
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