The Top 10 Castles in Spain
Spain is a country steeped in history and is home to some of Europe’s most impressive castles, fairytale fortresses and Palaces scattered along the coastlines. To step back and explore the culture and history of times gone by – take a look at the top ten castles to visit:
Castle of Coca
This castle is predominantly Christian in architecture and was built in the 15th century, its high walls tower above the surroundings and the impressive 40-foot-deep moat. The castle is now a school owned by the Alva family and can only be visited via a tour guide.
Alcazaba of Málaga
Alcazaba of Málaga is probably the most well-preserved citadel in Spain. It is absolutely huge and is situated on top of a hill looking down to the sea. This castle boasts a beautiful courtyard; the Torre Del Christ and also a Roman theatre dating back to the 11th century.
Castillo de Colomares
Castillo de Colomares was built by Dr. Esteban Martín y Martín (an expat). The entire exterior of the castle is amazing and it also has a tiny church inside which holds the Guinness World Record for being the Smallest Church in the World!
Castillo de Peñíscola
The Castillo de Peñíscola is situated in the small beach town of Valencia. It was the home of Pope Benedict XIII who lived here until he died in 1423. Since this date, the castle has been restored many times.
This impressive castle is located in the town of El Bierzo, which during Roman times was a large mining town. The castle is surrounded by beautiful mountains and was built in the early 13th century over what was once a pre-Roman fort.
Palacio Real de Olite
This magnificent castle was built in the 12th to 13th century, and in the day had amazing gardens, jousts, and apparently even a zoo! You will be so impressed by the enormous towers, design and magnificent architecture of this awe-inspiring castle.
Burgalimar Castle is the second-oldest and one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. It dates back to 968 and has seen many ruling hands over the centuries. However, today there is no real evidence of any modifications or damage and you can still see the original shape and the famous 14 towers.
The castle overlooks Granada, La Alhambra and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has had a big impact on film, music, literature and art. It was built in the 13th century and has been created in true Andalusian style with amazing architecture both inside and out.
Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this castle dates back to the 11th century and is one of the most outstanding castles in the entire province. It has been restored many times, but still boasts two original towers that provide the most breath-taking views of the surrounding area.
Alcázar of Segovia
This castle apparently inspired Cinderella’s castle, of course being the main symbol for Disney. It is one of the few castles in Spain that was used as much more than a fortress due to Spanish kings residing here during the 1400s.