Aside from being the Marble Capital of the Philippines, Romblon is also blessed with historical and heritage sites, in fact there are many Spanish structures from the 15th century that are still intact in the town of Romblon.

Overlooking the town of Romblon
Overlooking the town of Romblon

People with an interest in history and architecture would find this island a good treat. Among many historical sites Romblon has is Fort San Andres. One could reach to the fort from the Freedom Park by a short walk. Since the fort is within the Romblon town, it is easy to climb the stairs to it and there are no visiting fees as well.


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The Walls of Fort San Andres
The Walls of Fort San Andres

Fort San Andres was built to guard the Romblon town, against pirates and also to reinforce the dominance of Spaniards on the common folk during those days. It overlooks the town as well as the sea, which made it perfect to notice any intruders coming towards Romblon; either by sea or through land.

One could see this fort looming over the hilltop. After the restoration, the steps have been a depiction of sea life, as well as the on-goings in the locality. Though, there are no vaults inside anymore, but the feeling that one would get once inside the fort is very similar to being in a vault. The numerous massive columns in square structures are made to withstand any attack or siege; perhaps even local revolt.

Fort San Andres in Romblon
Fort San Andres in Romblon

The tower that this fort has gives complete and spectacular view of entire harbour. This was meant to watch over the crucial junctions of logistics, as well as any susceptible movement around the harbour.

Romblon Port
Romblon Port

Since 2012, when a massive restoration project got over, the place is more accessible and beautiful than the ruins it was pre-restoration. The fort attracts a lot of archaeological experts, architects and historians, as well as students who are interested in 15th century Spaniard history and architecture. Photographers gather here very often because they can get a panoramic view of the entire town and the Romblon port. This part is exponentially in favor of the trigger happy photographers.

Walking around Fort San Andres
Walking around Fort San Andres

Well, a lot of travelers and locals find it to be the perfect spot to be with their romantic companion. The ocean on one side, greenery on the other and a colorful town around; gives three options to choose and settle at one side. The wind is pretty charming and feels good, but under the afternoon sun; the entire romanticism may get badly sunburnt. Hence, couples mostly visit in the evenings; after a long day of work or excursions.

Overall, Fort San Andres in Romblon is something that can’t be missed and every visitor to this beautiful island should include this place in their list of places to visit while in Romblon.

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