From its earliest times, the castle of San Felipe played a leading role in the history of Menorca. In fact, without having finished the work, in 1558 he already rejected the Turkish squadron of Pialí at the entrance of the port of Mahón.
In the eighteenth century, the War of the Spanish Succession had a great impact on Menorca and fighting took place in the vicinity of the fortress.
The Castle of San Felipe has undergone several reconstructions and demolitions throughout its history. When Spain recovered the Island from the British with the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, it was finally demolished, so that now only its remains and some of its long underground tunnels are preserved.