The All Saints bridge it is practically here. Many will already have their suitcase ready to enjoy a few days of rest away from home. If you still don’t have plans for the November bridge but you want to make one escape keep reading. We have compiled for you eight of the most spectacular castles in Spain that are a perfect excuse to organize a trip and feel for a while like a real king or queen. Spain is a land of castles and it is very difficult to choose some and discard others. That is why we hope that our selection will serve as your guide and inspiration. Afterwards, you are free to add your favorite castle to the list.
Coca Castle, in Segovia
The Coca castle, in Segovia, is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Castilla y León. It is considered one of the best examples of Spanish Gothic-Mudejar architecture and is considered the prototype of a Castilian stately castle from the 15th century. It is in a very good state of conservation and admission to it is free, although guided tours can be arranged.
Olite Castle, in Navarra
The castle of Olite, in Navarra, is one of the most luxurious and spectacular medieval castles not only in Spain but throughout Europe. It is a Gothic-style fortress with profuse decoration. It has two different parts, the Old Palace, which houses a Parador, and the New Palace, which can be visited either with an audio guide or through a hired tour. It also has a children’s visit that the little ones in the house will love.
Castle of Xátiva, in Valencia
Xátiva Castle is a Valencian Gothic style fortress. It is in very good condition and can be visited by purchasing tickets in advance and with reduced capacity.
The Alcazar of Segovia
The Alcazar of Segovia It is one of the most recognized medieval castles in all of Spain. Its plan is very irregular and adapts to the hill on which it is built, highlighting its majestic keep. Inside you can visit elegant rooms, including the throne room located under a canopy with the coat of arms of the Catholic kings and his well-known motto “So much he rides”.
Castle of Almodóvar del Río, in the province of Córdoba
The castle of Almodóvar del Río It is also known as the Castillo de la Floresta. It is one of the best preserved in Spain and you can visit its interior, where weddings are also held. A few years ago it served as the setting for the recording of Game of Thrones.
Bellver Castle, in Mallorca
The Bellver castle It is a Gothic-style palace located three kilometers from Palma de Mallorca. It is located on a small elevation surrounded by forests and has privileged views. Not surprisingly, its name means precisely “beautiful sight”. The highlight of this fortification is its circular plant, something very rare. It can be visited and inside is the Museum of History of the city of Palma.
Peñíscola Castle, in Castellón
Peñíscola Castle is also known as the Castle of Papa Luna. It was built by the Templars between 1294 and 1307. It is located by the sea, in the highest area of the rock that dominates the city. Its interior can be visited.
Butrón Castle, in Vizcaya
The Butrón castle It is a neo-gothic style fortress located in the municipality of Gatica, in the province of Vizcaya. For a time it housed a hotel establishment with medieval shows but it was seized and auctioned. It is currently owned by a business group and although you cannot visit its interior, see it from the outside, it is well worth a trip to the area.
Castle of Manzanares el Real, in Madrid
The castle of Manzanares el Real It is also known as the Castillo de los Mendoza is located next to the Manzanares river and at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Its interior houses a museum where Flemish paintings, armor and furniture and tapestries are exhibited.
The most beautiful castles in the world
If Spain is too small for you and you want to go abroad for the weekend of November, here is a selection of the most beautiful castles in the world:
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.