Due to its monarchical history, Spain has beautiful castles, fortresses and palaces under its belt. We have selected three of the most beautiful castles in Spain. Know where they are located, their architectural features and their history. Surely you include some in your next travel plans.
1. Castillo de Vélez Blanco, Almería
This imposing castle, one of the most beautiful in Spain, is nestled high in the Andalusian town that bears the same name. He stood on the remains of an Islamic citadel from where all the surroundings were controlled.Vélez-Blanco Castle, Almería - Arena Photo UK
The castle of Vélez Blanco was built between 1506 and 1515 by order of Pedro Fajardo y Chacón, appointed Marquis de los Vélez by the Catholic Monarchs.
It is a fortress with touches of Gothic style and also Renaissance, although its exterior appearance is that of an imposing military fortress. It has a hexagonal plant built on the rock and its polygonal bastions in the corners prevented blind spots in the shooting range.
Its internal rooms are beautiful exponents of the style of the first Spanish Renaissance.Stresses Patio de Honor, an exquisite work built in white marble, with a pure Renaissance style and an elaborate decoration. But, this work was disassembled stone by stone and today it is exhibited thousands of kilometers away at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.Velez-Blanco Castle Courtyard, New York - Sean Pavone
This castle is considered as a good of cultural interest. It can be visited from Wednesday to Sunday,although the schedules depend on the season.
2. Olite Castle, Navarra
Its full name is that of the Royal Palace of the Kings of Navarra and Olite and is one of the most charming fortresses in Spain. It is a castle with a very peculiar construction, some describe it as a charming disorder. This qualification is due to the fact that there was no unified construction project, which resulted in many expansion and renovation works during the centuries after its construction.Olite Castle, Navarra - Flip Flops
The Olite Castle was built on its greatest mars between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, this being the seat of the court of the Kingdom of Navarra. It has wonderful rooms, pits and a significant amount of story towerswhich, with its silhouettes, give this castle an aspect of magical spectacularity.
Already in the fifteenth century an unknown traveler marveled at its beauty and reflected in words what he felt when contemplating this magnificent castle:
"The herald made me see the palace, I am sure there is no king who has a palace or a more beautiful castle ... you could not say or even imagine how magnificent and sumptuous the palace is."
During the Spanish independence war, in 1813, he suffered a great fire which greatly deteriorated his condition. In 1937 it began to be restored, thanks to which the castle recovered much of its beauty and splendor.
You can visit it any day of the week, although the schedule depends on the months.
3. The Alcazar of Segovia
The image of the Alcazar has toured the planet and It has become the icon of the castles of fairy tales. It is one of the most beautiful castles in Spain, built amalgamating the architectural tastes of different monarchs.Alcazar of Segovia - LianeM
The castle stands on the rock protecting the city. It is located in the valleys of Eresma and Clamores and, despite its beauty, it has the characteristic feature of the kings of Castile, a sober austerity.
The Alcazar, a courtly fortress, It was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. From its exterior stands out the patio integrated by the Tower of Tribute and drawbridge. On the inside we can mention the rooms of the Galera, the Pilas, the Kings, the Throne, and the Chimney, among others.
Do not stop climbing to the top of the Tower of Juan II, the views of the city from it are really spectacular. Of course, you will need to be in shape, 152 steps down a narrow spiral staircase.Alcazar of Segovia - Roberaten
A fantastic building that you can visit every day. It's so amazing that there is a legend that ensures that the Alcazar inspired Walt Disney for the stages of some of his films. Moreover, it was used as a decoration in the film Mr. Arkadin from Orson Welles.
They are three wonderful castles, although it is only a small sample of the wonderful and beautiful fortifications that are throughout the Spanish territory.