Spanish Castles

Spain’s turbulent history has resulted in the country being home to over 2500 castles, ranging from Moorish castles to military fortresses built in the “Reconquista”, medieval castles, and castles overlooking the sea. Many of these beautiful castles are perfectly preserved; others are in ruins situated romantically on hilltops.


Segovia’s Alcazar

Segovia´s Alcazar
Segovia´s Alcazar

 

The ultimate Disney castle, the Alcazar of Segovia is just gorgeous, and so rich in history. This is where Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand met for the first time and where King Philip II (Felipe) married his wife (Anne of Austria).


Jarandilla

Jarandilla
Jarandilla

This preserved 15th century castle has been converted into one of Spain’s national Parador hotels and is located in the wonderful region of Extremadura (Paprika mecca). King Charles V had his residence here.


Moto Castle

Mota Castle
Mota Castle

This delightful gothic castle in Medina del Campo in the province of Valladolid, near the Rueda and Ribera del Duero wine regions is where Juana of Castile lived. Also known as Juana la Loca, or Joan the Mad, she was queen in her own right of Castile from 1504 and of Aragon from 1516. From the union of these two crowns modern Spain evolved. Over the years the castle has been used as a royal residence, a prison and today for special events and art exhibitions.

Ponferrada

Templar Castle of Ponferrada
Templar Castle of Ponferrada

This Templar castle, also known as Castillo Templario, dominates from high above the crossing of the river Sil in the city of the same name. Built by the Templars in the 12th century, what we see today is mainly the work carried out by different noble owners during the 14th century. From July 1-4; the local town council is organizing medieval Templar nights.


Coca

Castle of Coca
Castle of Coca

A 15th century highly ornate and perfectly preserved military castle located about half an hour from Segovia, Castillo de Coca is a very handsome castle. You can also visit the inside of the castle; not all castles allow visits.


Olite

Olite
Olite

This absolutely gorgeous castles in Navarra is one of the loveliest in Spain and set right in the middle of the historic village of Olite overlooking  vineyards.



This is just a small selection of the many beautiful castles in Spain. If you are interested in finding out more about Spain´s historical past, read on here.