In most the castles of Spain were not designed for beauty, but for the sake of protecting their own land. They are powerful and sometimes frightening structure. Sometimes they lived reigning persons, sometimes they contained prisoners, but more often it housed the military.
Today the castles of Spain is particularly attraction of the country through which you can get acquainted with the power of medieval Castile.
1. Castle Lorca
Located in the province of Murcia, Lorca Castle was designed as a defensive fortress. And very well developed, given that he has never fallen under the power hitter. Constructed a castle on the site of a Muslim stronghold on a high hill. Lorca is today an important cultural center, known as the “Fortress of the sun.” Here are organized a variety of events, mostly music.
2. Coca Castle
This unique fortification. It has only three walls, and the fourth side is protected by a natural barrier – an insurmountable hill. The castle was built in the 15th century Christians, but under the influence of Moorish architecture. Coca is open to the public and can be visited on a day trip to Segovia, in organized groups.
3. Castle La Motta
This reconstructed fortification has its roots in the 11th century. For a long time it challenged the dominion over the kings of Castile and Aragon to rule over the area of Medina del Campo, and in the 15th century the castle finally became Castilian. At one time he was a prison where the legendary figures such as Hernando Pizarro and Cesare Borgia.
4. Bellver Castle
Tourists who want to explore the Bellver Castle, should reach the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain. Its walls, the main building and the tower has an unusual for such huge structures circular shape. Bellver long time been used as a political prison, and now it is a museum of history. The castle is surrounded by forests host numerous events and is considered a symbol of the city of Palma de Mallorca.
5. Castle Manzanares el Real
This perfectly preserved castle located near Madrid, also known as the Castle de los Mendoza, because for a long time was the residence of the family. Built entirely of granite, fortification is a good example of military architecture of the Spanish, where there is an interesting museum.
6. Alcazaba de Almeria
Located in the south of Spain fortification occupies a vast territory with houses and shops. Built by Muslims in the 10th century and later converted Christians castle known as a filming of “Conan the Barbarian” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
7. Peñafiel Castle
The castle is located in the province of Valladolid and resembles a ship with a 30-meter tall towers. It was built in the period from the 9th to the 15th century and today has a unique wine museum. Particularly impressive Peñafiel night when fully illuminated.
8. Castle Olite
Also known as the Palacio Real de Olite, the castle offers the opportunity to meet other Spanish culture – Navarre, in the north of the country. It was built on the Roman ancient ruins with different architectural styles, with towers, courtyards and gardens.
9. The Alcázar de Segovia
Unlike other Spanish castles, Alcazar de Segovia is striking in its beauty and elegance. Here lived many princesses, including the first and Isabella, who in 1474 became Queen of Spain. Currently, you can visit the museum, which displays paintings and rich military arsenal.
10. Alhambra Castle
Tourists who have time to visit only one castle in Spain, must choose fortification of the Alhambra in Granada. Nothing compares to this ancient fortress, which is also called red castle. Moorish architecture of the castle is fascinating, especially because it preserved perfectly. To get here is not so simple, it is necessary to book tickets in advance.