If you haven’t seen a castle in Spain, then I don’t think you have completed your trip to Spain. When these castles appear in front of your eyes, it is amazing. You seem to be back in the scenes of the fantasy movie, it feels very real, it really stands there.
The Ultimate Guide to 7 Castles in Madrid, Spain
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The majestic Aulencia Castle is considered a Moorish origin because it was built during Muslim rule.
The castle was built on the hill Horcajo, at the confluence of Guardarrama and Aulencia rivers, hence its name. Compared to other castles near Madrid, this castle is considered a small castle. Its prominent features include the main tower (Salute Tower) where the nobles live and eight other towers. The castle is in ruins today, but still maintains its quiet dignity. The castle is privately owned today and is surrounded by a strong fence.
Address: Camino de las Carretas, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
It would suffice to say that the great poet Garcilaso de la Vega, Master of Batres, wrote some of his most beautiful verses right here, at the Castle, to convey its magical feel but, in addition, this Renaissance castle, declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1970, is also located within a most charming natural setting.
The Sotillo stream runs across this land and pours its waters into the Guadarrama river, its gardens recreate a forest of Mediterranean and continental species where the sense of time is lost, its quadrangular floor-plan, crowned with a splendid Tower of Homage, takes one back in time.
Address: Av. de la Fuente del Chorro, 1, 28976 Batres, Madrid, Spain
5.La Mota castle
The first medieval city centre of Medina del Campo was founded around the 11th century on the hill (mota in Spanish), where nowadays is the castle. The repopulation of the town and the trade activity made the inhabitants move closer to the river to establish themselves and leave the fortified hill. King Juan II of Castile, his children king Enrique IV and queen Isabella “the Catholic” and her husband Fernando “the Catholic” built the Castle of La Mota in the 15th century.
It´s one of the biggest castles in Castile. It was used as fortress and was at one time a strategic military centre. The keep (the largest tower of the castle) contained part of the archives of the crown during the reigns of Enrique IV and Juana I and also it was used as a prison of the state, where Cesare Borgia and Hernando Pizarro were imprisoned.
Address:Av. Castillo, s/n, 47400 Medina del Campo, Valladolid, Spain
The castle was constructed under the supervision of a Moorish architect and engineer. Such Moorish engineers were routinely commissioned to construct large buildings during the medieval times and were called “Alarife” (one who understand the art of construction).Brick has been used for most of the construction.
However, the bricks used in the castle are different from ordinary bricks used to build houses. These are hardened bricks that are capable of withstanding enemy onslaught during sieges.The bricks have been laid smooth with the mortar, so the lines of the brickwork are clearly visible along with the mortar. This creates a distinctive pattern on the castle. The castle has been constructed in classic Mudéjar fashion. Brickwork and plaster work have been used to create geometrical patterns depicting a hybrid of Moorish Muslim and Christian Gothic architecture. While the main construction is of brick, limestone and plaster have been used in the balistraria, the embrasures. White limestone has also been used to decorate columns in the courtyard and the keep, as well as numerous other features on the facade of the keep.
Address:Av. Banda de Música de, 40480 Coca, Segovia, Spain
The Alcázar of Toledo (Spanish: Alcázar de Toledo, IPA: [alˈkaθaɾ ðe toˈleðo]) is a stone fortification located in the highest part of Toledo, Spain. Once used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century, it was restored under Charles I (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor) and his son Philip II of Spain in the 1540s.In 1521, Hernán Cortés was received by Charles I at the Alcázar, following Cortes’ conquest of the Aztecs. Most of the alcázar was rebuilt, or restored, between 1939 and 1957 after the Siege of the Alcázar of the Spanish Civil War.
Address:Calle de la Union, s/n, 45001 Toledo,Spain
2.New Castle of Manzanares el Real
The New Castle of Manzanares el Real, also known as Castle of los Mendoza, is a palace-fortress erected in the 15th century in the town of Manzanares el Real (Community of Madrid, Spain), next to the Santillana reservoir at the foot of Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range.
Its construction began in 1475 on a Romanesque-Mudéjar hermitage and today is one of the best preserved castles of the Community of Madrid. It was raised on the river Manzanares, as a residential palace of the House of Mendoza, in the vicinity of an ancient fortress that was abandoned once the new castle was built.
The castle now houses a museum of Spanish castles and hosts a collection of tapestries. It was declared a Monumento Histórico-Artístico in 1931. It is owned by the Duchy of the Infantado, but its management is the responsibility of the Community of Madrid.
Address:Calle Cañada, s/n, 28410 Manzanares el Real, Madrid,Spain
The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, “Segovia Fortress”) is a medieval alcázar located in the city of Segovia (Castile and León, Spain), a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of two rivers near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. It is currently used as a museum and a military archives building.
Address:Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n, 40003 Segovia,Spain