While vacationing in Spain, tourists can visit castles, palaces and mansions truly monumental beauty.
Spanish castles were mainly built for beauty, as often happened in Europe. The primary purpose of the construction of the fortifications was the protection of the country’s land. Strong, majestic and often inspired fear in enemies even by its appearance.
At various times, there lived royalty, here was a prisoner transport, but most often it housed the military.
Today, the castles of Spain are especially valuable monuments that tell the story of the medieval power of the ancient Kingdom of Castile.
1. Lorca Castle
Located in the province of Murcia, Lorca castle was designed as a defensive fortress. And very well developed, given that he never came under the power of the attackers. Constructed a castle on the site of a Muslim citadel, on a high hill. Today, Lorca is an important cultural centre, known as “fortress of the sun”. It organises a variety of activities, most often music.
2. Coca Castle
This fortification is truly unique. It has only three walls and the fourth side is protected by a natural barrier, an impregnable hill. The castle was built in the 15th century by the Christians, but under the influence of Moorish architecture. Coca is open to the public and can be visited during a day trip to Segovia, in organized groups.
3. The Castle Of La Mota
This reconstructed fortification has its roots in the 11th century. For a long time right to rule here challenged the kings of Castile and Aragon to rule the region of Medina del Campo, and in the XV century the castle finally became Castilian. At the time, he was the prison where lived such legendary figures as Hernando Pizarro and Cesare Borgia.
4. Bellver Castle
Tourists who want to explore the Bellver castle, to get to the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain. Its walls, the main building and towers are unusual for such huge structures round. For a long time Bellver was used as a political prison, and now it is a Museum of history. The castle surrounded by forest is host to many events and is considered a symbol of the city of Palma de Mallorca.
5. The castle of Manzanares El real
This well-preserved castle, situated near Madrid, known as the castle De Los Mendoza. He has long been the residence of this family. Built entirely of granite, fortification is a good example of Spanish military architecture, which houses an interesting Museum.
6. The Alcazaba de almería
Located in the South of Spain, the fortification occupies a huge area with houses and shops. Consolidated Muslims in the 10th century and later reformed Christians, the castle is famous as the filming location of the movie “Conan the barbarian” and “Indiana Jones and the last crusade”.
7. Peñafiel Castle
The castle, located in the province of Valladolid, like a ship with high 30-metre towers. It was built in the period from the 9th to the 15th century and today contains a unique Museum of wine. Penafiel is particularly striking at night when fully lit.
8. The Castle Of Olite
Known as Palacio real de Olita. The castle provides an opportunity to meet other Spanish culture of the North. It was built on ancient Roman ruins using a variety of architectural styles, with towers, courtyards, gardens.
9. The alcázar de Segovia
Unlike other Spanish castles Alcazar de Segovia is striking in its beauty and elegance. Lived here not one Princess, including the First and Isabella, in 1474, became Queen of Spain. Currently you can visit the Museum that displays paintings and rich military Arsenal.
10. The Alhambra
Tourists who have time to visit only one castle in Spain, you should choose the fortification of the Alhambra in Granada. Nothing compares to this ancient fortress, which is also called the Red castle. Moorish architecture of the castle is magical, the more that preserved it perfectly. To get here is not easy, have to order tickets in advance.
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